Caramel Corn Recipe

I have had several requests for my caramel corn recipe so I thought I would share it today! I think caramel corn is the perfect fall snack. We used to make it every Halloween when I was a kiddie! It is great to munch on while watching scary movies:) So grab a big bowl, fill it with some homemade caramel corn, and turn on a scary flick. I will warn you though, this caramel corn is very addicting…so maybe grab a small bowl if you don’t want a stomach ache later:) Enjoy!!

Caramel Corn

1 cup butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
4 quarts of air popped corn
2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 250F.

Pop popcorn using your air popper! Spread popcorn out onto two large baking sheets. Make sure it is evenly spread between the two pans.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in sugar, corn syrup and salt; stir until well combined. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Once the mixture comes to a rapid boil, let it boil for 5 minutes without stirring. Turn off heat and stir in vanilla.

Gradually pour the caramel mixture over the popped corn, mixing well on the pans. You can do this in a bowl but why dirty more dishes? I do it right on the pans.

Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes, make sure you stir it often. Maybe every ten minutes or so. Remove from pan and break into pieces.

Store in an air-tight container if you have any left. It is addicting!!

You can jazz it up by drizzling it with white, dark, or milk chocolate. Sometimes I add in M and M’s or Milk Duds. For the holidays I throw in Craisins, almonds, and drizzle it with white chocolate. Get creative!!!

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This looks delicious! I have always wanted to make caramel corn at home but haven’t been brave enough yet. Might have to give it a go with your recipe!

  2. Your picture of the caramel in the pot reminds me of the Caramel Corn store at the mall. It always smelled sooooooo good!

  3. Yummy! Have you ever tried the savory kind of pop corn? It’s really good especially sprinkled with fresh herbs.

  4. I am not a candy person, but my LOVE is cracker jacks.
    and those peanuts at the bottom are worth the whole box!!
    I have never made homemade caramel corn. Yummy!

  5. I am so making this and adding m&m's – what a great idea!! I usually eat so much popcorn when we watch a movie that I don't eat dinner, so it all equals out, right? 🙂

  6. Yum, yum, yum! I worry about this one, though, because I am the person who would keep eating the popcorn WELL past the point at which I should stop, and end up with a belly ache. And the small bowl trick won’t help me — I know the rest of it is in the kitchen. Maybe I’ll throw a big Halloween movie night and invite lots of people over to help me eat this. It looks delcious!

  7. Oh, I have been known to OD on high sugar content foods. This looks so good & it wouldn't last if I enjoyed it during a movie!

  8. I have always wondered how you made caramel corn! I gave away my air popper when I got one of those dome poppers though, oops.

  9. Wow, I kinda always thought this stuff made itself. Like, I didn’t know a real person could make this. 🙂

    Looks great!

  10. Hi Maria, Thanks for visiting my site. Yours is great I will add yous to my favorite blogs I hope you will do the same.
    Keep on Baking…DCRose

  11. We used to eat it so much as a kid too. My Grannie made it and she had one of those po-dunk accents and called it what sounded like ‘Karmal Karn’. Very Halloweenish!

  12. I love caramel corn. I think I prefer yours to mine. Mine was good, but a little powerful. I could only eat a couple of pieces before I went into a coma.

  13. Good idea on grabbing the small bowl 🙂 It always makes me feel like I’m eating more anyways when I go for refills.

    Great Halloween snack Maria. I don’t think a scary movie is complete without this 🙂

  14. confession: i can (and do) eat a bag of popcorn at one time.
    confession: i could (but don’t…yes) eat my body weight in caramel corn. 🙂

  15. Thanks for sharing! It looks so good. I LOVE caramel corn. Well, I love caramel ANYTHING. It would be great as a Christmas gift.

  16. My aunt used to make homemade caramel corn all the time but I haven’t been able to replicate how I remember it tasting. I can’t wait to give your recipe a try!

  17. Thanks for sharing your recipe with all of us caramel corn fans! I used to use flat baking sheets, to, but I found that one of those XXL disposable aluminum roasting pans holds the whole recipe and it’s much easier to stir the corn with the high sides. I bake for an hour and 15 minutes, making sure to stir every 15 minutes, and the results are identical to baking on sheets. And, no, I don’t ever dispose of the pan—I spray it with baking spray before using and then it’s easy as pie to wash and use over and over again.

    Happy Halloween!

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