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A serving bowl filled with caramel popcorn.

Caramel Popcorn

This homemade caramel popcorn is lightly salted popcorn tossed in a homemade caramel sauce, then baked to perfection. The best caramel corn you'll ever eat, and it's perfect for parties and gift giving!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 224kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 16 cups salted popcorn popped
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Coat two sheet pans with cooking spray. Place the popcorn in a large bowl.
  • Cut the butter into 8 slices and place in a saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat.
  • Melt the butter, then add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt to the pan.
  • Increase the heat to medium high, and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continuously.
  • Once the mixture comes to a boil, stop stirring and let it cook undisturbed for exactly 4 minutes.
  • Remove the caramel from the heat. Add the baking soda and vanilla extract, then stir.
  • Pour the caramel over the popcorn then quickly toss the popcorn in the caramel mixture to coat.
  • Divide the caramel corn between the two sheet pans. Place the pans in the oven.
  • Cook for 1 hour. Every 15 minutes, stir the popcorn and rotate the pans from the top to bottom oven racks.
  • Remove the popcorn from the oven. Cool, then break into pieces and serve.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.4mg