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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
Keyword caramel corn, caramel popcorn, popcorn
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