Cheesy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published March 14, 2020
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Popcorn is the perfect treat to snack on whether you are watching a movie, hosting a family party, or trying to enjoy a sports game. This recipe is based on Chicago’s distinct popcorn combination. You can mix caramel popcorn and cheddar cheese popcorn to create one deliciously addicting snack.

How To Make Cheesy Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn:

  • 25 cups popped corn
  • 2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Cheddar Cheese Popcorn:

  • 12 cups popped corn
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup butter

Caramel popcorn

  1. Prepare the caramel by combining brown sugar, corn syrup and butter in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over medium-low heat.

  2. Stir until the mixture has melted and reached a smooth consistency. Increase heat to medium and stir until caramel begins to boil.

  3. Stir periodically and let it boil for 5 minutes or when it reaches 235°F. Immediately remove from heat. 

  4. Stir in vanilla extract, baking soda and salt. Stir down the mixture until boiling begins to stop.

  5. Preheat oven to 250°F and lightly butter a large roasting pan. 

  6. Place popped popcorn on the pan. Pour caramel over popcorn and evenly coat.

  7. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Stir every 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Cheddar cheese popcorn

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F.

  2. Combine cheddar cheese powder, mustard powder and chili powder in a small bowl and set aside. 

  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Pour butter over popcorn and evenly coat. 

  4. Right after coating with butter, pour cheese mixture onto popcorn and evenly coat. Pour cheddar cheese popcorn mixture into a large roasting pan.

  5. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

  6. Take out a large bowl and combine the caramel popcorn and cheddar cheese popcorn. Use a large wooden spoon to thoroughly mix the two together. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

How To Make Cheesy Caramel Popcorn

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Preparation Time: 1 hr
Cooking Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs
Serves:
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Ingredients

Caramel Popcorn:

  • 25 cups popped corn
  • 2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Cheddar Cheese Popcorn:

  • 12 cups popped corn
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup butter

Instructions

Caramel popcorn

  1. Prepare the caramel by combining brown sugar, corn syrup and butter in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over medium-low heat.

  2. Stir until the mixture has melted and reached a smooth consistency. Increase heat to medium and stir until caramel begins to boil.

  3. Stir periodically and let it boil for 5 minutes or when it reaches 235°F. Immediately remove from heat. 

  4. Stir in vanilla extract, baking soda and salt. Stir down the mixture until boiling begins to stop.

  5. Preheat oven to 250°F and lightly butter a large roasting pan. 

  6. Place popped popcorn on the pan. Pour caramel over popcorn and evenly coat.

  7. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Stir every 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Cheddar cheese popcorn

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F.

  2. Combine cheddar cheese powder, mustard powder and chili powder in a small bowl and set aside. 

  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Pour butter over popcorn and evenly coat. 

  4. Right after coating with butter, pour cheese mixture onto popcorn and evenly coat. Pour cheddar cheese popcorn mixture into a large roasting pan.

  5. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

  6. Take out a large bowl and combine the caramel popcorn and cheddar cheese popcorn. Use a large wooden spoon to thoroughly mix the two together. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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Nutrition

  • Calcium: 64mg
  • Calories: 847kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 127g
  • Cholesterol: 92mg
  • Fat: 38g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Potassium: 254mg
  • Protein: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 22g
  • Sodium: 725mg
  • Sugar: 87g
  • Vitamin A: 1263IU
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