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Caramel Popcorn

February 14, 2014

This is the very first recipe I ever tried! It’s from my 6th grade Home Ec class and I’ve used it ever since. It’s really easy to make and the best caramel corn you’ll ever taste! I suggest doubling the recipe to share with friends. It makes a great treat to bring to play-dates. Also makes a great gift when wrapped in a fun container.

9 cups freshly popped popcorn
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup light corm syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup salted peanuts
Pam cooking spray
Brown paper grocery bag


  • Generously coat the inside of a brown paper grocery bag with Pam cooking spray.
  • Put all popcorn into bag. Set aside.
  • In a large microwave safe bowl, stir together brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt (not baking soda) until well combined.
  • Microwave on high until boiling (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Once boiling, continue microwaving 2 minutes.
  • Remove from microwave and add baking soda.
  • Stir vigorously until mixture is foamy.
  • Pour mixture on top of popcorn in paper bag.
  • Roll down top of paper bag to close. Shake bag really well to combine mixture with popcorn.
  • Keeping bag closed, put in microwave and cook 1 1/2 minutes on high.
  • Remove bag from microwave, open carefully and add peanuts.
  • Re-close bag and shake really well.
  • Keeping bag closed, put back in microwave and cook additional 1 1/2 minutes on high.
  • Remove from microwave, open carefully and pour hot caramel corn onto a cookie sheet to cool.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Once cool, break into chunks.
  • Store up to 3 days in an air tight plastic container.
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4 Responses to “ Caramel Popcorn ”

  1. Erin Galvin on January 18, 2011 at 12:34 am

    AWESOME!!! Just made a double batch as suggested and it’s sooooo good! I paid $7 for a bag of Gourmet Caramel Corn yesterday at Plum Market and this is just as good if not better! Save your $$ and make your own. :) Thanks Sis!

    • KP on January 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      So glad you like it Sis!

  2. Amy on June 23, 2010 at 12:22 am

    This looks really good and really easy – I will be making this soon! Thanks for sharing.

    • KP on June 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

      I hope you like it Amy! It didn’t last long around here–both Ryan and Joe devoured it.

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