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Homemade Caramel Corn

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Every Christmas I make caramel corn to give to family and friends. It’s really easy to make. This is a not so healthy version. But heck it’s Christmas!

You’ll need:

6 Quarts popped popcorn

2 Cups dry roasted peanuts (optional)

1  Cup butter

2 Cups brown sugar

1/2 Cup corn syrup

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

Preheat  oven to 250 degrees F

Place cooked popcorn  and nuts in a bowl large enough so you will be able to mix it. I use a large disposable aluminum pan  (which I wash and reuse). After it’s mixed you can put it right into the oven. One less dish to wash.

Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil. Stir constantly until it boils. Let it slow boil 4 minutes without stirring.

Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour slowly over the popcorn. Stirring to mix well.

Spread a thin layer in shallow baking pan(s) you may need two depending on the size.

Bake for 1 hour. Stirring every 15 minutes. Let it completely cool then break it up into pieces.

After you taste this you may not want to give any away. Enjoy!

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5 thoughts on “Homemade Caramel Corn”

  1. Cindy says:

    Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. Sue says:

    Diane, I have thoroughly enjoyed your website and the recipes. I am an avid cook and love to experiment in my kitchen. The carmel corn sounds like fun to make. I have made a choco syrup for choc/popcorn: Melt semi-sweet cho/chips with a drizzle of oil in the microwave. Pour over the cooled pop corn and slowly bake in a 200 degree
    oven for 30 to 45 mins (pretty much the same as your carmelt corn).

    I have been looking for and trying out recipes to come up with a ‘pink’ popcorn as I remember eating in packges
    at the zoo (100 years ago when I was a kid). Do you have any ideas for this? The strawberry jello with cornsyrup seems to require a lot of corn syrup and I’d like to get away from that, if possible. Recreating this childhood favorite is my latest quest. I’d love any idea you could share. Have fun with it.


  3. Paula@SweetPea says:

    Your caramel corn looks so good. I’m quite sure that a batch would be gone in no time at my house. Thanks for sharing with this week’s Throwback Thursday party.

  4. Homemade Momma says:

    Love this recipe! This is one of my favorite ways to make caramel corn and it is better than anything you buy in the store.

  5. Lauren Heaston says:

    This looks delicious!

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