Favorite Caramel Corn

December 20, 2009 at 8:15 pm | Posted in Dessert | 5 Comments
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Every family has their favorite Caramel Corn recipe, and this one is mine.  It was clipped from our local newspaper back when I was a teen and it’s been a family favorite ever since.

Caramel Corn

  • 7 cups popped popcorn (or one microwave popped bag)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp vanilla

Optional Add-Ins:

  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • 1 Cup peanuts
  • 1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Pop the popcorn and pour into a 9×12 glass baking dish and keep warm in the oven.

In a small saucepan, mix the sugar, butter, and corn syrup. Use a candy thermometer and bring the caramel mixture to 250 degrees.

Remove from heat.  Stir in the baking soda and vanilla.  Pour caramel mixture over the warm popcorn and stir.

Bake in 300 degree oven for 5 minutes. Stir and bake for another 5 minutes.

Pour mixture on wax paper and cool completely before mixing in any add-ins.  Store in airtight container.


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  1. This looks so festive and delicious! Love the m$ms in the mix!

  2. This looks scrumptious!!! I’m a vegan so I can’t have this exact recipe but I can totally adjust some of the ingredients to make it work. Good xmas gift also! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I’m back for this recipe. I’m going to make this for my daughters boyfriend and give it with a gift card to the movie theater. Popcorn and the movies. The perfect gift fot a 14 year old boy.
    Merry Christmas Karen! 🙂

  4. homnomnomnomnomnomnomnomnom

  5. Mmmmm! This one is not just your family favorite – it has been my favorite since you gave it to me YEARS ago!!!

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