Caramel Popcorn

by Kirsten on September 6, 2011 · 18 comments

in Desserts, Misc. Sweets


Are you ready to indulge a little during a movie night at home? It gets hardly any better than treating yourself with homemade caramel corn. This was my daughters wish for a movie night we had together.  We watched “Bolt” . If you are a doggie lover, this one is for you. We enjoyed it a lot.

This was the very first time I made caramel popcorn myself and it wasn’t hard at all. The popcorn is very quickly prepared. I used a very big pot instead of my husband’s popcorn maker (I don’t like cleaning it). The caramel sauce needs a watchful eye and some stirring, but is very straight forward to put together. Keep kids a little further away from the very hot caramel sauce, since you can be burned very easily. Keep in mind to add the time for baking and cooling in case you need the caramel popcorn ready at a certain time.

This will also be the perfect treat for my kids to bring along for their school dances. I will be wrapping the caramel corn in individual small bags for them to share with their friends.

Treat yourself!


* 4 quarts popped popcorn, no salt or butter added, prepared out of 2/3 cup of kernels

* 2 cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
* 1 cup butter (unsalted)
* 1/2 cup light corn syrup
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1 cup salted nuts (optional)


Preheat your oven to 225 F. Grease two baking sheets. Set prepared popcorn aside in a very big mixing bowl.

Mix sugar, butter, syrup and salt in a saucepan and bring to boil on medium/ high heat. Stirring occasionally and continue cooking until the caramel mixture reaches 250 F (measured with a candy thermometer). It will take about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in baking powder and vanilla extract.

Pour the hot caramel mixture over the popcorn and mix very well. Be very careful not to burn yourself, the sauce is very hot. Divide the coated popcorn evenly onto the two baking pans (add nuts if desired). Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, remove the pans and stir the mixture. Return the pans back to the oven and bake for 20 minutes more.

Spread the caramel corn on a nonstick surface to cool (wax paper or baking sheet liner).

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Ruth December 5, 2012 at 8:45 am

I used to make almost the exact recipe when I lived at sea level. Tonight I made it where I live now (at 6500 feet) for the first time (not even thinking about the need to make adjustments for the altitude) and it was a disaster! I’ll follow your instructions if I make caramel popcorn again here – thanks!

Caramel Popcorn November 3, 2011 at 10:12 am

These popcorn variations sound great! Caramel Popcorn. I have two recipes that I haven't made in years. Can't remember which one is the one I like, so maybe I'll just pitch my two and keep yours.

Schnick Schnack Schnuck September 11, 2010 at 7:31 am

Ich liebe Caramel Popcorn. Kann ich mir auch sehr gut mit grobem Meersalz vorstellen.

Joudie's Mood Food September 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

Hey, im loving your new colour scheme for the blog! VERY NICE! As for these delicoius little bits of heaven….MY favourite. I make pop corn with salt and then at the end add some gloden caster sugar. Its so good. WHat a great little invention!

bolliskitchen September 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm

virtuelles Hinschauen geht, aber wenn man mir erst Popcorn vor die Nase stellt, beibt nichts übrig….

Anna Johnston September 8, 2010 at 1:15 am

Caramel Popcorn…. now this is a truly indulgent treat, I've never had it before, so its one I'll be sure to try. I'm having a girls movie night coming up in a couple of weeks, so I just might bring this out.

Jutta Lorbeerkrone September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Ciao Dear! Ich habe auch gleich an Movie denken und natuerlich an einen dollen Blockbuster. Deine Pop-Corn sehen wirklich sehr gut aus und auch wenn ich ansonsten kein Fan von den Dingern bin – diese sind richtig attraktiv. A propos Popcorn…schon mal die Handypopcorns gekostet: ?

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE September 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

YUM! This looks so addictive! Not sure it's safe for me to make!

BTW- I thought you would be happy to know, I have a very close friend visiting me right now who just came home after living in Japan for 2 years. We were swapping our blog feed lists and she has been following your blog too! She's actually made quite a few of your recipes! I told her she needs to starts making comments!

High Plains Drifters September 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

what a coincidence … just saw a buddy's recipe for cashew/bacon/caramel pop corn. think i'll try yours first, though!

Nuts about food September 7, 2010 at 6:50 am

This looks delicious, let me see if I can ever get my act together! We have rented Bolt a few times now, my little girl loves it. It however got confusing when I picked up Balto at the library, another movie about a dog. Now she totally mixes the names up, so whenever she asks for the movie with the dog in it and says the name, I have no idea which one she is talking about…

miriam September 7, 2010 at 6:19 am

das sieht wirklich total cool! es ist bestimmt auch total lecker aus

Stephanie Savors the Moment September 7, 2010 at 3:11 am

Wow that popcorn looks delicious! I adore all things caramel – thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe!

kitchen flavours September 7, 2010 at 2:28 am

Popcorns and movies, always the best of friends! Popcorns are always a must with my kids and hubby when we go to movies. Have not made them in ages! Thanks for reminding, will give your recipe a try.

Lea Ann September 7, 2010 at 12:47 am

I love caramel popcorn. I have two recipes that I haven't made in years. Can't remember which one is the one I like, so maybe I'll just pitch my two and keep yours. Things are slowing down, I'll send you a couple of dates for lunch.

Mary September 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I love the look of this, I am addicted to popcorn so I can think of nothing better than caramel popcorn and a good film. I too am a dog lover, the last film I saw was 'Marley and me' cried buckets!

Victoria September 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Who could resist a bowl of caramel popcorn with a movie ? … Certainly not me! Popcorn is a staple at my house when I watch a movie! Have nice day 🙂

Susi September 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

LOVE IT!!! I will be bookmarking this to try out. Caramel popcorn is the only way I knew growing up and I can still remember the smell from the fairs. :o)

Chele September 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm

What a treat indeed! Will keep this in mind for our next movie night.

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