Caramel Popcorn

2 quarts popped popcorn*
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 250. In a medium saucepan, bring the corn syrup and sugar to a boil, stirring occasionally. Continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, spread popped popcorn out on a 9×13 baking dish, careful to remove any unpopped kernels. After the 5 minutes, add the salt, vanilla and baking soda, stir. Carefully pour over the popcorn. Using a spatula, turn the popcorn to coat. Place in the oven and bake 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool and serve. Store any leftovers in an air tight container.

* air popped works best

My thoughts:

I never thought you could make caramel popcorn at home but you can. This makes a fairly crisp caramel corn, more like what you might find in packaged caramel corn than the chewier kind that you may find sold warm on the boardwalk. It’s a has a good caramel taste and it’s so easy, it’s a great (low fat) alternative to just eating buttered popcorn on movie night, or as it is around here, Gilmore Girls night.


  1. Sounds delicious! I am so tempted to make a batch right now, but it’s just me so I won’t risk me eating half the batch 🙂

    PS. I’m a Gilmore Girls fan, too! The finale was scandalous, no?

  2. Yum! Hooray for the Gilmore Girls – my favorite part of the finale was the Sonic Youth bit – Kim Gordon is my hero!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Hmm… My sister just bought some popcorn to make. Perhaps, I’ll try your carmel recipe. I never thought you could make this at home, either!


  4. Thank you for this recipe — I’ve always wanted to make caramel corn but thought it would be too complicated. You seem to have a great, streamlined recipe!