Caramel Popcorn

Crystal ~


This makes a delicious treat or a nice gift. Be sure to use a good quality popcorn. My family loves this.


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approx. 2 quarts
10 Min
15 Min


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    1 bag of microwave popcorn, or 2 quarts of plain popcorn
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    1/3 cup butter
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    2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
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    1/3 cup light corn syrup
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    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
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    ¼ teaspoon baking soda
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    ½ cup lightly salted peanuts, optional (or a different kind a nut if you prefer)

How to Make Caramel Popcorn


  1. Prepare popcorn. Remove any unpopped kernels.
  2. Add pop corn to a large (about a 3-4 quart size) microwave safe bowl. Add peanuts to the popcorn at this time if you want them.
  3. In a 2 quart measuring cup, or a microwave safe bowl, heat the butter until melted.
  4. Stir in sugar and corn syrup and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Remove from microwave and stir in the vanilla and baking soda until blended. Drizzle over popcorn, stirring to mixing well. Microwave the bowl of popcorn for about 2-3 minutes, stirring every minute or so to coat the popcorn evenly.
  6. Pour the caramel corn into a oblong cake pan or a jelly roll pan that has been lined with non-stick foil. Or you can use waxed paper that has been coated with butter or a spray coating. Cool the popcorn completely and then break apart the caramel corn. Store in an container.

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About Caramel Popcorn

Course/Dish: Popcorn
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American

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