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old-fashioned caramel corn

a recipe by
Tam D
The Dalles, OR

This is my secret recipe. It's rich and buttery, and it makes Jack hang his head ;)

serves a crowd
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For old-fashioned caramel corn

  • 24-30 c
    popped popcorn
  • 2 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
    corn syrup
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda

How To Make old-fashioned caramel corn

  • 1
    Pop popcorn. Dump each batch into a large enamel roasting pan (turkey size) that has been treated with food release spray.
  • 2
    In a heavy 3 qt. saucepan melt the butter with the brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Over medium heat bring the sauce to a hard, rolling boil. Boil 5 minutes.
  • 3
    Quickly stir in baking soda -- caramel will foam up.
  • 4
    Immediately pour the caramel over the popcorn. Mix carefully and thoroughly, until all kernels are coated.
  • 5
    Bake at 200* for 1 hour, stirring well every 15 minutes. If you like, you can stir in nuts at the last 15 min. Remove from oven. Cool and serve.
  • 6
    NOTES: You may use light or dark brown sugar, and light or dark corn syrup -- it changes the flavor, so experiment to find your favorite combination :) Store in another room -- it's hard to stop eating it!