Homemade Caramel Popcorn

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Homemade Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Sweet and chewy with the perfect amount of crunch, caramel popcorn is delicious! For your upcoming movie night, make a large quantity of this beloved snack! I can make this caramel popcorn recipe whenever I want, whether or not it’s movie night! This delicious snack may be made with just a few ingredients and an hour of baking time. It’s like getting a snack that combines two of my favorite things.

One of my favorite flavors is caramel, and I enjoy the stickiness of it. I enjoy putting it on nearly anything as a topper. Furthermore, its silky and gooey texture provides a wonderful counterpoint to this crunchy nibble.

On the other hand, popcorn has consistently been a crowd favorite and a preferred movie-goer snack. It is the perfect food item for the audience because of the bite-sized bits and the variety of flavors available. And making it from kernels is quite simple.

What do you need to make caramel popcorn:

  • Popcorn: For this recipe, you must be able to precook the kernels to allow them to pop.
  • Salt, butter, and vanilla: These ingredients add flavors that complement that sweetness.
  • Dark brown sugar and corn syrup: These act as the sweeteners.
  • Baking soda: It reacts with the caramel making it more spreadable.

How do you make caramel popcorn crunchy?

Bake it for a longer period or cook the sauce longer. But, both options result in a tendency to become harder. This is also true for the sauce. The longer that you cook it, the thicker it becomes and the more difficult it is to spread.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour.
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Servings: 10 cups
Calories: 462kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 10 cups popped popcorn.
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda



  • Make popcorn per package instructions.
  • Prepare two large baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  • Add popped popcorn to a very large bowl.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla extract.
  • Pour over the popcorn and stir to coat.
  • Distribute the caramel in one layer onto the prepared baking sheets and bake stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into smaller pieces.


Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 812IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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