Easy Caramel Popcorn Tutorial

Each Christmas, our family buys gifts for the kids only. It's cheaper on us and really, Christmas presents are all about the kids anyway. But I always feel like the adults should get SOMETHING out of the deal. So, I always make Christmas treats for everyone.  This recipe is for the BEST Caramel Popcorn. It's easy and blows the lid off those "Gourmet Caramel Corn" tins you see this time of year. Fill Christmas cellophane bags with this popcorn, tie with a ribbon, and give away! Or keep...and eat it all yourself.

Caramel Popcorn Tutorial


5 quarts of freshly popped popcorn (this is about 3-4 bags of plain popcorn)
1/2 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract

 Step 1

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Pop your popcorn and pour into two 9x13 baking dishes. Keep popcorn warm in the oven while you make the caramel sauce.

Step 2

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter. Once melted, stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil and boil without stirring for 4 minutes. Then remove from heat. Add the vanilla extract and baking soda, stir well.

Step 3

Pour half of the sauce over each pan of popcorn. Stir to coat and put back in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes- 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Step 4

Let cool and keep in an air tight container. Oh, then eat it. =)


Anonymous said…
I do this every year too. Great teacher gifts. I bought Christmas buckets with lids at the dollar store and give them to teachers, neighbors, & friends. I put my popped corn in a turket roaster.
Juliette said…
I did this, this year and everyone was gobbling it up and couldn't get enough. Thank you! Another hit, hee hee
Unknown said…
The recipe was FANTASTIC! We all enjoyed it (a bit too much, lol). Now I want to experiment and make different 'flavors'!
Anonymous said…
You can make vanilla flavor by using white sugar instead of brown and use 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Mmmm, so good.
Just curious...why does it have to be cooked after it's coated?

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