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Caramel Popcorn

A perfect combination of salty and sweet. The thin caramel coating adds an extra delightful sweet crunch to this popcorn.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins


  • 20 cups plain popcorn
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans (optional)


  • Pre-heat your oven to 250°F. 
  • Place the popcorn in a large, deep bowl (divide it into two large bowls if you can't quite fit it all in one). Stir the pecans in with the popcorn if using.
  • In a medium sized saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. 
  • Stir in the the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil.
  • When the mixture starts boiling, stop stirring and allow it to boil for 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the baking soda and vanilla.
  • Pour the caramel over the popcorn and quickly stir it to coat it as evenly as you can.
  • Transfer the popcorn to a large baking sheet and spread it out in a thin layer.
  • Bake for an hour, stirring every 12-15 minutes. 
  • Remove the pan from oven and allow the popcorn to cool completely before breaking it up and serving.


  • Original recipe from All Recipes
  • 2/3 cup of popcorn kernels should yield enough popcorn for this recipe