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Caramel Popcorn

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  • Prep Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 hours
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Appetizers, Christmas, Sweet


  • 3 bags (3 oz/each) un-popped plain popcorn (about 5 qt popped)
  • ½ cup (56 g) butter
  • 2 cups (400 g) packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup (4 oz) corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Pre-heat oven to 250ºF (121ºC).
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Let it come to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Then, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the baking soda and vanilla and stir again.
  3. While the caramel is simmering on the stove, pop all three bags of popcorn in the microwave and place it in a very large bowl. You can also use several large bowls to make it easier.4. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and stir it well with a large spatula. Make sure you do it quickly and evenly.
  4. Spray two large baking dishes with oil or rub oil with a paper towel and pour in the caramel covered popcorn. Bake for 1 hour and stir it every 15 minutes to make sure it doesn’t stick together.
  5. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. Stir it 3-4 more times while it’s cooling to break up any clusters that may form.