Homemade Caramel Popcorn (Easy!)

Caramel Popcorn
Homemade Caramel Popcorn

This isn’t the type of thing one normally makes at home, after all it’s so cheap to just buy a huge amount of it from Amazon or your local supermarket. However, Homemade Caramel Popcorn is extremely easy to make, and tastes even better when fresh.

I think another thing that turns people off from doing a dish like this is having to make Caramel. What is basically just cooked sugar intimidates quite a few people. The truth of caramel though is to just stop cooking it at the first sign of amber to prevent it from burning. For this recipe, we aren’t making a pure caramel, like you would to make hard candies. This is more like a caramel you could put on ice cream or baked fruits.

Homemade Caramel Popcorn Ingredients:

1/3 cup Popcorn Kernels

1/4 cup Corn Syrup

225 grams Salted Butter

220 grams Fine Dark Brown Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Salt; optional

Instructions:

1. Pop your popcorn kernels however you like. For this recipe it doesn’t really matter, but in my opinion simply doing it on the stove is fine. While you can use bagged popcorn, be careful not to get ones with all the butter as I don’t think it would give the best flavor to the finished product. Place all popped popcorn in a large bowl.

2. Preheat your oven to 85°C 

3. In a saucepan on medium high heat begin by melting the butter. When the butter is melted, add the Corn Syrup, Brown Sugar, and Salt. Stir for a minute or so, then turn the heat up high and bring everything to a boil while stirring constantly.

4. Once the sauce has started to boil, stop stirring for about 5 minutes to let it thicken up. Add the Baking Soda and Vanilla Extract and stir to incorporate.

5. Drizzle the caramel slowly over the bowl of popcorn, tossing the popcorn as best you can to give it a nice coating. You don’t need to cover every part of the popcorn, but you want every one to at least have some caramel.

6. Place the popcorn on a baking tray, or even in a casserole dish and place in the oven. Give it a toss every 10-15 minutes for about 1 hour, never longer. When done, remove from the oven sprinkle the salt over all the popcorn. This is optional, but I feel like it greatly brings out the flavors of the caramel and not just the sweetness. Allow to cool, break it up, and you’ve just made Homemade Caramel Popcorn.

Homemade Caramel Popcorn Notes:

For this recipe, you don’t need to use the oven if you don’t want, it is just an extra step to help the caramel harden. You can serve right after step 5, just note that the popcorn will be a bit more sticky when you go to grab some.

Homemade Caramel Popcorn (Easy!)

A carnival classic made right in your own kitchen. Caramel Popcorn can be a treat for yourself, or as a gift for friends.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Popcorn
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 10 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Popcorn Kernels
  • 1/4 cup Corn Syrup
  • 225 grams Salted Butter
  • 220 grams Fine Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt optional

Instructions

  • Pop your popcorn kernels however you like. For this recipe it doesn't really matter, but in my opinion simply doing it on the stove is fine. While you can use bagged popcorn, be careful not to get ones with all the butter as I don't think it would give the best flavor to the finished product. Place all popped popcorn in a large bowl.
  • Preheat your oven to 85°C
  • In a saucepan on medium high heat begin by melting the butter. When the butter is melted, add the Corn Syrup, Brown Sugar, and Salt. Stir for a minute or so, then turn the heat up high and bring everything to a boil while stirring constantly.
  • Once the sauce has started to boil, stop stirring for about 5 minutes to let it thicken up. Add the Baking Soda and Vanilla Extract and stir to incorporate.
  • Drizzle the caramel slowly over the bowl of popcorn, tossing the popcorn as best you can to give it a nice coating. You don't need to cover every part of the popcorn, but you want every one to at least have some caramel.
  • Place the popcorn on a baking tray, or even in a casserole dish and place in the oven. Give it a toss every 10-15 minutes for about 1 hour, never longer. When done, remove from the oven sprinkle the salt over all the popcorn. This is optional, but I feel like it greatly brings out the flavors of the caramel and not just the sweetness. Allow to cool, break it up, and you've just made Homemade Caramel Popcorn.
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