Thursday, December 19, 2013

Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn is an old favourite of my family's.  I used to make this up for gifts and for school bake sales, and my kids' school parties.  A great sweet treat for New Year's Eve parties too.

Doesn't that look good enough to eat!  Would you like to actually try some of this delectable treat for yourself?

Well, here's my recipe ... 

1 cup unpopped popcorn
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pop the popcorn, and have ready in a large roasting pan, or other large oven-proof pan.
Combine butter, brown sugar, syrup and salt in a medium saucepan.  Heat on stove over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture begins to boil, .  Once it boils, let it boil for 5 minutes without stirring.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda.  Pour this mixture over the popped popcorn, and stir gently with a rubber spatula until the popcorn is somewhat coated.  Don't worry if all popcorn is not coated, because you will be stirring it again.
Bake popcorn at 250F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes with a rubber spatula (this keeps the popcorn from crumbling too much).  Be sure to scrape the spatula along the bottom of the pan to get up all the caramel that will pool there.
Remove from oven and continue to stir gently with the rubber spatula until the popcorn has cooled.  This will keep the popcorn from sticking together in large clumps.
ps once you start eating this stuff it's very hard to stop!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh wow, thanks so much Wendy - it looks absolutely delicious; I used to love this but haven't eaten any for ages and have never made it myself. Now, if only I could reach into this screen and grab a handful . . . . . but now I have your recipe so there's no excuse! What a sweet treat, thank you! Hugs, Joy xo

  2. It looks yummy Wendy, I'm with Joy I wish I could just grab a handful and start munching right away. Thank you for you recipe. :)

  3. My kids love caramel corn. It is a treat we always love to get at the beach. We'll have to give this recipe a try over the Christmas holiday ~ my kids will be thrilled if I can recreate their favorite treat!

  4. I'm definitely going to try this recipe! My daughter can't have commercial caramel corn because of it often being made with peanuts or in a facility with peanuts. She's going to be so excited! Thanks!

  5. Oooh Wendy it looks delicious, I have never made popcorn, perhaps I should have a go
    Special Winter Wishes
    Thea xx

  6. It looks delicious, Wendy. I love caramel popcorn. Thank you for sharing your recipe. It's nice to see a photo of you on your blog. :)

  7. Hmm, this looks like one of those dangerous recipes, once you make it you can't stop eating it!! Delicious though I am sure!! Hope that everyone loves it. Happy Christmas. xx

  8. oh thank you for sharing-we love caramel popcorn. I have made a recipe that uses granola and then you bake it-turns out pretty good too, I also have found an amazing chocolate popcorn that is crunchy like the gourmet kind-all good eats. we have cloudy skies and rain now so can't make my candies til the sun comes up.
    I am off to copy your recipe-thank you

  9. You are a saint friend! You have no idea how hard it is for me to find sweet treats for my little man with all of his food allergies. We have yet to try caramel popcorn which happens to be an old past time favorite of mine because most are processed with peanuts. And now you go and post this!!! JACKPOT!!! I am pinning this right now! Thank you! And a very merry weekend to you!!!

  10. This is a huge favorite around our house! I usually make it around Halloween. But a batch of it sure sounds good now! Yours looks yummy!!!

  11. Your caramel popcorn sounds yummy. Seems that if we start to eat one we will leave the box after completing it. Think it will be so crunchy :)

  12. That sounds really good and it looks so pretty packaged up as gifts.

  13. I love caramel popcorn Wendy- adore it in fact! But corn syrup is not something we can get easily here, we have to order it in especially! Can you imagine that... I have two bottles of the Karo Brand, light corn syrup that I would not like to tell you how much I paid for it! It's such a shame... But I have enough for this recipe... maybe a Christmas eve treat? Hazel x

  14. Now I am saving this recipe for sure Wendy......We all love this stuff in our home so thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!
    Merry Christmas!!

  15. Ohhhhhh, I can almost smell it's deliciousness!!!!!!!!! :-)

    Happy Christmas,
    'Here there be musing' blog

  16. OOh yummy Wendy sounds delicious! One day we'll have smelly vision and be able to indulge across the miles!
    Love your photo - so great to see you and think of you as I read your posts!
    Ali x

  17. Hi Wendy,

    When I was a little girl, caramel popcorn was my favourite snack. We don't get corn syrup here on the island, nor can we find this tasty treat already prepared in the supermarket. Do you remember that pink popcorn, which was sold in little cartons, with animals on the packaging, I think? I remember being addicted to that, as well. I think it may have some Scottish roots as I spotted it for sale in a Scottish gift shop in Port Perry last year!

    Your recipe seems easy enough. I will definitely try this next time I visit Toronto!

    Merry Christmas to you and all the best in the new year; may it be a sweet one!


  18. My kids love the stuff! Happy holidays! Tammy

  19. Ooh Wendy! You've got me craving popcorn now ...

    Thanks for sharing and have a fantastic Christmas

    Love Claire xx

  20. Hi Wendy, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving that sweet comment! I love this kind of popcorn, it looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Hugs, Julie at Julie's Lifestyle


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