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.

Cheesy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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Preparation: 1 hr
Cooking: 2 hrs
Total: 3 hrs
Serves: 8 people


  • 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


  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.

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