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Caramel Popcorn

February 1, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post

I made my first batch of Caramel Corn several months ago for Girls’ Night. Then I made some again for the holidays. Then I got hooked and have made several more batches. I can’t help myself its delicious. I’ve tried trimming this recipe down several times with less butter and sugar but its never as good and frequently results in the popcorn getting a bit burnt due the lack of buttery goodness; dry popcorn pieces in the oven for 45 minutes = not tasty.  So after much testing, this is what I arrived at. Its tasty! I typically use 94% Fat Free Butter Popcorn since there’s extra buttery sugary goodness that gets poured all over it. Makes me feel not so guilty :-)

The super bowl is coming up which is the perfect excuse to whip up a batch of this popcorn! So go get busy!

Caramel Popcorn

1/2 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 bags microwave popped popcorn (~12 cups)

Preheat oven to 250°F . Place freshly popped popcorn in a very large bowl.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.

Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

Source: Adapted from Good Things Catered

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Kelsey February 2, 2010 at 10:42 am

I used Katie’s recipe too. It’s fantastic. Great job!


Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 4, 2010 at 8:55 pm

That looks fantastic! I may need to try it :)


Maria February 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Great snack for movies or game day!


Deborah February 6, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I love popcorn – especially when it’s covered with caramel!


cmoney February 6, 2010 at 6:48 pm

ok ok, so i decided to try this to add to my Vday care package for our Navy friend in Iraq….I snuck a taste and it actually wasn’t bad! ;) I think I still prefer salty, not sweet, popcorn…but this was pretty tasty!


Amy (Sing For Your Supper) February 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I seriously love your blog. So clean and professional!! And this caramel corn??? YUMM!!!


ashley February 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm

aw thanks Amy!


cheri February 9, 2010 at 10:15 am

Caramel popcorn is always a winner and these lovely photos have put me in the mood for some. Yum!


Katerina February 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm

This looks delicious! I am thinking it would be great with pecans too, or maybe jalapenos ( I know I am weird).


elle February 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm

i tried this recipe just now and it was wonderful. i had to adapt it to use margarine without any dairy, as my s/o and i are lactose intolerant. still it worked perfectly. your recipe lends itself well to adaptation. thank you for sharing!


Danielle February 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Looks delicious!
Can’t wait to make this next time we have a movie night with friends!


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