Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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Laura Ashley


For years I made bags of this stuff as Christmas favors. It was well received by everyone and especially by my dad, a man with a secret sweet tooth. Don't let the number of ingredients or steps intimate you. It's really not hard, just a little time consuming,although most of the time is baking time.

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6 to 10
2 Hr


1/2 c
popcorn kernels, unpopped
1 1/2 c
almonds, whole
1 c
raisins, golden
2 1/2 c
brown sugar, packed
1 stick
butter, salted
1/2 c
corn syrup, light
3 Tbsp
vanilla extract
2 Tbsp
almond extract
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
baking soda

How to Make Caramel Popcorn


  • 1Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  • 2Butter a large heavy duty baking pan.
  • 3Pop the corn kernels.
  • 4Mix popcorn and almonds in prepared pan to warm and crisp. Place in oven while preparing syrup. Do NOT add raisins until later step or they will be too hard in the final product.
  • 5In medium saucepan, combine sugar, butter and corn syrup,
  • 6Over medium heat, whisk until sugar dissolves and butter melts.
  • 7Attach candy thermometer to side of saucepan.
  • 8Increase heat to high and boil without stirring until the temperature reaches 255 degrees F. Scrape down sides of pan occasionally.
  • 9Remove from heat.
  • 10Add vanilla and almond extracts to syrup.
  • 11Stir in salt and baking soda. (Mixture will bubble.)
  • 12Sprinkle Raisins over popcorn and almonds in prepared pan.
  • 13Pour syrup over popcorn mixture, gently stirring to coat completely. Work fast as syrup will quickly start to harden.
  • 14Place pan into oven and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes with a metal spatula to break up globs and help syrup coat evenly.
  • 15Remove from oven and let cool. Store in plastic baggies.

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About Caramel Popcorn

Course/Dish: Candies, Popcorn
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids, Heirloom