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Homemade Caramel Corn

Homemade Caramel Corn is simple, sweet and delicious! Making it at home is cinch and much better than any store bought version.

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Ingredients Needed:

  • Popcorn kernels
  • Brown sugar
  • Light corn syrup
  • Molasses
  • Butter
  • Baking soda + Salt
  • Vanilla

Popcorn: If you wish to make the popcorn yourself, you will need a 1/2 cup of kernels. If you want to use already popped, plain popcorn, you will need 5 cups.

Butter: I do recommend using real butter for this. Margarine can burn too easily.

Want to Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn? It’s really easy! Find out how.

Can I Add Mix ins to This?

Yes! Ours is strictly caramel corn. However, you can mix in chopped nuts, coated candy pieces or your favorite chocolate candy, pretzels or chocolate/flavored baking chips.

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How to Make and A Few Notes:

  • First, preheat your oven and line a large flat rimmed baking sheet with foil. Then, spray the foil with non stick cooking spray.
  • If you are making your popcorn, make it and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar, molasses, corn syrup and salt.
  • Bring it to a simmer ( be sure to stir it often!). Keep it simmering until the mixture reaches 250 degrees. Remove it from the heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla.
  • Let it cool for just 4-5 minutes.
  • Carefully ( it’s hot!), pour the mixture over the popped popcorn. Stir it to coat well, then, spread the coated popcorn on to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake it for 1 hour. Every 20 minutes, stir the mixture.
  • Remove it from the oven and let it cool compltely. Then, break it up into pieces.

Storage: Keep in a covered container. No need to refrigerate, unless the weather is really hot/humid in your area.

I Don’t Have a Candy Thermometer!

A simple candy thermometer is not very expensive if you wish to make the purchase. If you don’t want to buy one, you can still use this method to test the mixture.

More Popcorn to Snack On:

Yield: approx 5 cups

Simple Homemade Caramel Corn

Homemade Caramel Corn #homemade #caramelcorn #snack #tableforsevenblog

Simple, sweet and delicious! Making homemade caramel corn at home is cinch and much better than any store bought version.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 1/2 cup uncooked popcorn kernels (or) 5 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp molasses
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Spray/butter a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Make popcorn according to package directions.
  3. In a saucepan, melt brown sugar, molasses,butter, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a simmer, stir often.
  4. When temperature reaches 250 degrees on a candy thermometer (about 5 minutes) it is ready. Remove from heat, whisk in vanilla and baking soda.
  5. Pour mixture over popcorn. Coat completely. Spread popcorn evenly on prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake in oven for 1 hour. Stirring every 20 minutes. Let it cool before breaking up into pieces.
  7. Store leftovers in a sealed container.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 459mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 0g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate

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Thursday 11th of April 2013

I love caramel corn and this sounds so easy to make!


Friday 12th of April 2013

It's super easy! Thanks for stopping by..enjoy :)


Monday 8th of April 2013

Thank you PSB :)

Linda@With A Blast

Sunday 7th of April 2013

I love caramel popcorn! Thank you so much for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party, Erin :-)


Monday 8th of April 2013

Thanks for hosting and stopping by Linda!


Sunday 7th of April 2013

I love caramel corn! It's so addicting so I try not to buy it that often. Last time I bought a bag of Poppycock, I ate almost the entire bag in one day! I love this homemade recipe. I could reduce the batch to make a smaller quantity so I don't get carried away with snacking on it. Pinned to my food board!

Have a great rest of the day. :)

Julie @ This Gal Cooks


Monday 8th of April 2013

Thank you Julie..that's a great idea! I ate way too much of this myself :)

Miz Helen

Sunday 7th of April 2013

Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it at the table with Full Plate Thursday.Hope to see you again soon!Miz Helen


Monday 8th of April 2013

Thank you Miz Helen..have a good week!

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