Caramel Corn

Sweet, sticky and full of fun, this Caramel Corn recipe will be loved by kids the world over! It’s great fun to make and great fun to eat- what more could you want?


1/2 cup popcorn kernels or about 10 cups of popped corn

1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

© Michelle Milliman |



- Preheat the oven to 49 degrees C and place the oven rack in the center of the oven.

- Pop the corn and place in a large stainless steel bowl that has been lightly  buttered or sprayed with a non stick cooking spray.

- In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, stir together the sugars, corn syrup, and water. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture boils, cover, and boil the mixture for about one to two minutes.

- Uncover the saucepan and clamp a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan.

- Boil the mixture over medium heat,   stirring occasionally, until the temperature reaches the soft ball stage, 116 degrees C. At this point, stir in the butter.

- Continue to cook the caramel, stirring occasionally, until the temperature reaches the hard crack stage, 149 degrees C. (Brush down the sides of the pan, with a heatproof pastry brush that has been dipped  in warm water, to remove any sugar crystals that may have formed on the sides of the saucepan.)

- Then remove the saucepan from the heat and carefully stir in the salt and baking soda.

- The caramel will foam up when you add the baking soda. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and toss, with two heatproof spatulas or wooden spoons, to evenly coat the popcorn.

- The caramel corn will be in large clumps so spread the caramel corn onto a large sheet of aluminum foil.

- Then, while the caramel corn is still hot, separate it into bite-size pieces, with two forks or by wearing heatproof gloves. Cool completely and then store in an airtight  container, at room temperature

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  • laurenk says
    I loved eating this as a child! Thanks for the recipie!
  • shadowshaded says
    kool im going to have to make this for the kids. thanks
  • What's Normal says
    My kids always loved popping corn, I know, more hit the floor than should have. I think the best time popping corn for them, was when we made heaps and spent hours stringing it together to make wonderful garlands to be draped around the Christmas tree.
    A really neat time spent together as a family, and after Christmas the birds enjoyed it too.
    Happy, happy memories, thank you, I've come over all nostalgic now!
  • Anna says
    cool recipie!! this is the only type of popcorn i actually like really... or maybe pop corn with icing sugar... haha sweet tooth much :P

    But i dont understand how people can eat those giant tubs of popcorn from the movies!
  • lil monster says
    this would be good to make in bulk for a kids bday party, get all the children sugar rushing then send them home with there parents to get them up for buying all those noisy presents.....
  • Karla B says
    This is a really great recipe, I am going to have a go and if it works out I know my kids are going to love it, thank-you.
  • meeetara says
    I will have to give this one a shot! Thanks for the inspiration, the kids will be thanking you too!
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