Homemade Caramel Corn Recipe

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Genesis Published: December 21, 2020 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make Homemade Caramel Corn

Enjoy a mouthful of this delicious and buttery homemade caramel corn to enjoy for the holidays! Our recipe is surely fail-proof and easy to follow!

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • ½cupbutter
  • 1cuplight brown sugar,packed
  • ¼cupcorn syrup,light or dark
  • tspsalt
  • ¼tspbaking soda
  • ½tspvanilla extract
  • 12cupspopped popcorn,about 1 cup kernels before popped, preferably warm from being freshly popped


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan with aluminum foil, and grease with cooking spray.

  2. Melt the butter in a large stockpot pot over medium-high heat. Add the brown sugar and corn syrup, and stir to combine. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer undisturbed for 5 minutes.

  3. Stir, then continue to cook for an additional 4 to 6 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the mixture is a deep golden color. Turn off the heat and slowly whisk in the salt, baking soda, and vanilla, being very careful as the mixture will bubble.

  4. Stir in the popcorn and toss until it is evenly coated with the caramel, being sure to scrape the caramel off the bottom of the pot.

  5. Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet or pan in an even layer. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring to toss every 5 minutes until the caramel corn has turned a deep amber color.

  6. Remove the caramel corn from the oven and transfer to a surface covered with parchment or wax paper to cool.

  7. Once it reaches room temperature, use your hands or a spoon to break up the caramel corn, then store in an airtight container for up to a week.


  • Calories: 261.51kcal
  • Fat: 14.90g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.89g
  • Trans Fat: 0.47g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.98g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.05g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.98g
  • Fiber: 1.20g
  • Sugar: 25.87g
  • Protein: 1.22g
  • Cholesterol: 30.50mg
  • Sodium: 128.77mg
  • Calcium: 21.11mg
  • Potassium: 55.02mg
  • Iron: 0.47mg
  • Vitamin A: 98.00µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.04mg
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