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Caramel Popcorn

October 10, 2015 (Last Updated: October 26, 2020)

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Caramel popcorn is a delicious sweet treat anytime of the year!

I always make caramel popcorn in the fall.  Usually for some sort of Halloween event.  This recipe comes from my mom’s cousin.  I believe it was her mother-in-law’s recipe.

Don’t you just love how amazing recipes make the rounds?  They tend to be the ones everyone shares and the ones you use the most.  Once you try this recipe, you will come back again and again.  It’s that good!

Caramel Popcorn in an old baking pan.

The actual preparation of this caramel popcorn doesn’t take that long.  However, once the caramel is made, you place the entire mixture into the oven.  You can’t go far because you will stir the popcorn mixture every 15 minutes for 1 hour.

Caramel Popcorn in white bowls with a few pieces sprinkled on a turquoise board.

The hardest part for me is to not nibble every time I stir the popcorn.

Caramel Popcorn piled high in a bowl.

It is best to use fresh popped popcorn for this caramel popcorn.  I make mine using this Presto Microwave Popcorn Popper.  You can make it right in the microwave, but unlike those bags of microwave popcorn there are no additives.  You can make this without any oil and there’s no need to add salt for this caramel popcorn.

Other fun snacks to make include crispy chickpeas and raspberry roll ups.

Don’t forget to PIN! Homemade caramel popcorn served in a white bowl.


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Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn

Sweet caramel popcorn.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 32 cups
Calories 161 kcal


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 quarts popcorn (popped, unsalted)


  • Divide popcorn between two large roasting pans lightly sprayed with a nonstick spray. Set aside
  • In a large sauce pot, combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Boil for 5 minutes over low heat, stir every few minutes to make certain it isn't burning. 
  • Remove from heat. Add baking soda and vanilla. The baking soda will cause the mixture to foam up slightly.
  • Pour caramel mixture over divided popcorn. Stir carefully to distribute over popcorn.
  • Place in a 200 degree oven for 1 hour. Gently stir mixture every 15 minutes.
  • Remove from pan and break clusters into small pieces. Once cooled store in a air tight container. 


Use caution when handling the caramel. It is very hot and will stick to your fingers causing a burn.


Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 75mgPotassium: 56mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 200IUCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword caramel popcorn, popcorn with caramel
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.





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  • Reply
    Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction
    October 19, 2015 at 4:14 am

    This caramel popcorn would be perfect for family movie night! A delicious change from the sweet popcorn!

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    Katie Crenshaw
    October 16, 2015 at 4:17 am

    5 stars
    I love caramel corn!!! I can’t wait to make this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      October 17, 2015 at 6:27 am

      You will totally love this caramel corn!

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    Danielle @ So Munch Love
    October 14, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Not nibbling is definitely the hardest part about making caramel popcorn. I am most definitely guilty of that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for sharing this tasty family recipe!

    • Reply
      October 17, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Nibbling is the way to go!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    October 13, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I do love how great recipes are handed down and make their rounds and I am thankful this caramel popcorn recipe has been handed to you! I love caramel popcorn, and you are right, it totally makes me think of Halloween and fall! This looks perfect! Thanks for handing it down to all of us! Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      October 13, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Now we will all need to continue handing down this recipe!

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    Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    October 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I gotta agree with you, the hardest part for me too, would be to NOT nibble every time I stirred the popcorn! I adore caramel popcorn but only ever buy the store bought version – so thanks so much for this recipe!

    • Reply
      October 13, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      You’ve got to try homemade…simply for the nibbling!

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    October 13, 2015 at 5:58 am

    I was reading the other day that microwave popcorn in bags in on the top ten list of foods never to eat (Cancer causing and other ailments, blah blah blah.) So for this reason alone, I love this. Okay and the whole caramel bit. I don’t have a popcorn maker but was shocked to learn I can make popcorn in my dutch oven which I do with lots of success! Can’t wait to try this.

    • Reply
      October 13, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      It is frightening how many convenient foods are found to be dangerous!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    October 12, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Caramel popcorn!!! So perfect for this time of year!

    • Reply
      October 12, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      I know…or really, any time of year!

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    October 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    These look highly addictive! nom nom, you can’t go wrong with caramel!!

    • Reply
      October 12, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      I’m not very good with self control around this popcorn!

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    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    October 12, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Oh! I love how caramel-y this popcorn looks. Lovely share! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      October 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Lots of caramel!

  • Reply
    October 10, 2015 at 10:01 am

    5 stars
    This was on my list to make this weeekend. Wanted to give it to the kids’ teachers before fall break. Thanks for posting!

    • Reply
      October 12, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Lucky teachers!

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