Caramel Corn

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A few weeks ago, a friend brought this popcorn to our small group. She left some for us to munch after the group was over. I hadn’t tasted it, thinking it was just regular popcorn but then my son said something about how good the caramel corn tasted. Caramel corn? I wasted no time digging in once I realized it was a sweet treat.

The kernels were lightly coated and not real sticky like other caramel corn I’ve tried. It almost tastes like kettle corn.

I’ve made the recipe twice, altering it slightly each time. Here’s what you’ll need:

The original recipe calls for:
10 cups popcorn – I think that 12 or more is better, just a big popper full. When I used 10 cups, the kernels were too heavily coated.
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbs. molasses (My friend used corn syrup. I tried that once too and I liked it better that way. The molasses made it stickier.)
1/2 stick butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

Boil everything but the popcorn in a saucepan. Pour over the popcorn and stir to coat. Put it out on a rimmed baking sheet (2 if you have them, because it’s a lot of popcorn) and bake at 300 degrees to crisp it. Stir it every few minutes, baking for about 10-15 min. total. Watch it so it doesn’t burn. Cool completely, or at least until you won’t burn your fingers and tongue.


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  1. Mmmmmm…..salivating….

  2. Art Spectrum says:

    This looks really good! Did you use an air popper to make the popcorn?

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  3. Rebecca says:

    Oh my word….that looks fantastic! Popcorn + Caramel = this momma’s favorite!

  4. DiPaola Momma says:

    that’s great.. oooh you could add some nuts, seeds and dried fruit and have a GREAT homemade energy snack!

  5. Shannon says:

    yum! I love me some caramel corn 🙂

  6. Katherine Aucoin says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen a recipe for homemade caramel corn and it looks fantastic. I’m confused thought, did you just crisp up the corne kernals in the oven and then pop them in a popper?

  7. Noah's Mommy says:

    oh god…I would eat all of this myself…one sitting.

  8. Tiffany says:

    Art Spectrum – I used a popper called Stir Crazy. It uses oil to do the popping. I really recommend that popper if you’re looking for a new one. Air popping or stove popping would work too though.

    Katherine – sorry to be confusing (I typed that up while fighting a migraine, so I have no doubt that I might not have been clear!) I popped the corn in the popper, then after stirring on the sauce, I crisped it in the oven.

  9. moderate sherri says:

    Sounds awesome- I’d probably add peanuts because I like to add extra fat and calories to every recipe I make!

  10. I think I’m going to make this today!

  11. The Cookie Girl says:

    Yummy Yum Yum I love caramel corn.

  12. SUGAMAMA'S CAFE' says:

    I ad this since I was small! Looks so warm and cozy….

  13. Mommy's Kitchen says:

    Yummy Tiffany that looks good. I havent made homemade caramel corn in a long time. I need to make a batch.

  14. Erin, Nick and Merrick says:

    Looks amazing!

  15. I’m with Yaya on this one….Salivating! Oh, and I’m totally going to be try the poppy seed muffins too….The bread was really AWESOME!

  16. Daisigirl says:

    Mmm. I haven’t ever made Caramel Corn. I will have to try it! My kids would love it! :0)

  17. I want to reach through the computer screen to help myself to some of that caramel corn. don’t know if that will work though….

  18. kimber p says:

    wow…I’m making this for our next family movie night, better make a dbl batch though!! 🙂 awesome!

  19. Ryan Ashley Scott says:

    I’ve been craving carmel corn for 3 days and don’t know why. Maybe it was in anticipation of your post? We’ll be trying this for our movie night tomorrow! Thanks.

  20. The Blonde Duck says:

    That looks fantastic! I love caramel and I love popcorn, so I know I’ll inhale this!

  21. Ryan Ashley Scott says:

    I made this yesterday afternoon. It tasted a little burnt to me (just a tad – I’m sure I baked it too long) but it was gone in 20 minutes. There were 5 people eating it. They all said thank you very much to Tiffany.

  22. Wow this looks really good. And easy too! Thanks for dropping by my blog.


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