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Caramel Popcorn (Caramel corn)

Featuring a thin, crispy-crunchy, delightfully caramelized coating, this Caramel Popcorn is an incredible grazing snack, quirky dessert, or holiday gift! Homemade Caramel Popcorn is made with simple, pantry-staple ingredients and stays fresh for weeks!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 quarts of popcorn
Calories: 4422kcal


  • 2 cups light brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 5 quarts popcorn


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Add brown sugar, butter, light corn syrup and salt and stir together in a medium sized pot over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Finally add vanilla and soda and stir until foamy.
  • Pour over popped corn and continue stirring until well coated.
  • Spread the popcorn on the baking sheets and bake for 1 hour until set and crisp.
  • Keep in an airtight container to keep fresh.


The ratio of caramel to popcorn will determine how saturated each kernel is. The fewer kernels used, the more caramel coverage you’ll get. The popcorn you see pictured in the photos has medium caramel coverage, meaning there are visible white splotches studded throughout. Medium to light coverage caramel popcorn is definitely still as sweet and indulgent as ever.


Calories: 4422kcal | Carbohydrates: 850g | Protein: 123g | Fat: 80g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 578mg | Potassium: 3244mg | Fiber: 137g | Sugar: 120g | Vitamin A: 2989IU | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 31mg