Caramel Cracked Corn

Penny Day


A P.T.O. Mom made this recipe for the teacher's many years ago and it became an instant hit at the school!! I have made it in other schools and it's constantly requested and it disappears quick. About a year or so ago I made it for Christmas for my husband to take it in for his co-workers.I can't tell you how many times I've made it for them since! They can't get enough, it's so addictive!! You really can't just eat one! I never make less than a double batch any more!


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5 Min
1 Hr 5 Min


  • 12 oz. bag(s)
    "original " puffed corn
  • 2 c
    light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 c
    butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 c
    light corn syrup
  • pinch
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 c
    peanuts (optional)

How to Make Caramel Cracked Corn


  1. Pre heat oven to 250 degrees
  2. In a large deep aluminum roasting pan pour in:
    bag of puffed corn
    1 c. nuts (if using)
    Set aside.
  3. In a heavy 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat add:
    2 c. packed brown sugar
    1 c. unsalted butter
    1/2 c. light corn syrup
    pinch of salt
    Stir until everything is melted and blended. Start a 5-minute timer when the mixture has come to a bubbly boil around the edge of the pan. Boil for the 5 minutes and stir constantly.
  4. Remove from heat after 5 minutes and stir in:
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    Pour hot sugar mixture over puffed corn and stir.
  5. Place into the oven and bake for 1 hour. Stir the caramel corn every 15 minutes. Let the corn cool and place into clear bags tied with a bow or set it out in a bowl for a party and watch everyone go insane for this sweet snack!

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About Caramel Cracked Corn

Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: American

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