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easy vanilla carmel popcorn

a recipe by
Stefanie Bouchard
Kenai, AK

This recipe is such a winner! Fast, easy, and always a crowd pleaser! I suppose you COULD make this without the sprinkles.....if you have a heart of darkness.... Just kidding! But seriously, use the sprinkles, we all need more joy and magic in our lives.

serves Makes 12 cups of caramel corn
prep time 5 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For easy vanilla carmel popcorn

  • 1 stick
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    light brown sugar
  • 1/3 c
    heavy cream
  • 12 c
    plain popcorn, in a giant bowl
  • sprinkles, for added awesomeness

How To Make easy vanilla carmel popcorn

  • 1
    In a medium saucepan, over medium/high heat, melt the butter.
  • 2
    Add the vanilla, salt, and light brown sugar. Stir until well incorporated.
  • I know that there are kitchen wizards out there who don't need to use a candy thermometer. Yeah, I don't have that much game.
    Add the heavy cream. Stir constantly until caramel reaches 235-240 degrees (soft ball stage). Should take about 10 minutes.
  • 4
    When soft ball stage is reached, remove saucepan from heat immediately. Let sit for a moment or two.
  • 5
    Make sure that your popcorn is in a ginormous bowl so that you have plenty of room for stirring.
  • 6
    Pour about half of the caramel over the popcorn and stir until all clumps are gone. Add the rest of the caramel and stir until every piece of popcorn is coated.
  • 7
    Now it's time to sprinkle on the awesome!! I guess the sprinkles aren't ABSOLUTELY necessary?? But I think you can really taste the magic...