Homemade Caramel Popcorn

Mmmmm mmmmm mmmm. Popcorn.

We love popcorn over here. So much so that we bought a big popcorn maker to pop our own popcorn. And let me tell you, it’s so much better than bagged popcorn. So much better. Plus we can make as much as we want and not have to pop a billion bags of popcorn to satisfy all our popcorn wants/needs.

Here’s our pretty popcorn maker.

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Some day we’ll probably upgrade to a bigger one. This one, at least ours, always gets stuck while popping the popcorn and that limits how much popcorn we can put in there. We’re supposed to be able to put 1/3 cup of the kernels in there but we have to put less than that.  Oh well, until we get a bigger one, this will have to do.


The first time we made this popcorn, I was really nervous because I’ve never made anything like this before and we were making it to bring to a friend’s house for a get together. But it turned out fantastic, there was nothing left when we went home that night.

Basically with this recipe, you make some popcorn.

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Make up some caramel saucey stuff, which consists of butta, brown sugar and corn syrup.

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Add in some salt, baking soda and vanilla before you add in the popcorn.

My pops (aka my dad) went to Arizona recently to visit some friends of his who just happen to be my godparents. He went into Mexico too to have a little fun and brought back some real vanilla for me, because he knows I like to do a lot of baking.

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After you’ve got that all mixed up. Toss in your 12 cups of popped popcorn, spread it on a baking sheet and toss it in the oven for about 15 minutes. Let it cool and enjoy!


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You don’t know how hard it was not to eat all of this.

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It’s so addicting and so delicious!!

I think next time I’m going to try throwing some peanuts in there to give it even more crunch to it.

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A printable version of the recipe is below, go and check it out, you won’t be disappointed.


Homemade Caramel Popcorn


  • 1/2 cup ( 1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 12 cups popped popcorn ( 1 cup of kernels before popped)


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

Melt butter in a large stockpot pot over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar and corn syrup, stir to combine. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer undisturbed for 5 minutes. 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 salt, baking soda and vanilla, being very careful as the mixture will bubble. 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.

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

Recipe adapted from Gimmie Some Oven

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23 comments on “Homemade Caramel Popcorn

  1. AWESOME !!
    I’ve always loved popcorn, and we’ve had popcorn machine since childhood 🙂
    Caramel popcorn sounds (and looks) DELICIOUS !!

  2. What a delight! I love caramel corn. In high school, my girlfriend’s dad owned the caramel corn place in the mall. We would always go there after school and get some. love your sweet little machine.

  3. Hi Stephanie! I found you via Tuesday Talk. I used to make a recipe very very similar to this while I was growing up. I can’t remember where I put the recipe, so I am so glad I found your version. Our recipe had us cook it for 45 minutes, turning every 15. I had burnt fingertips from my sampling!

    Quick tip: spray the measuring cup lightly with cooking spray before you measure out the corn syrup and it will come out much more easily, and easier cleanup.

  4. I think if I could only have one snack it would be caramel corn. Great recipe and thanks for sharing with us on Throwback Thursday & can’t wait to see what you’ll bring this week!

  5. This is looking so delicious and I love that you used just a few simple ingredients to make such a yummy snack. Thanks for sharing with us on The Bloggers Spotlight! We look forward to reading more from you next week.

  6. I love your pretty popcorn maker! We have a Whirley Pop (an old fashioned stove top style kinda thing). It’s so nice to fill the house with the smell of fresh popped popcorn. Even better when there’s caramel on top 😀

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