Baked Caramel Corn

Saturday, July 18, 2009

An addicting baked caramel corn that is a traditional candy we make every year around Christmas time.

The caramel is rich and buttery and just the right crispy coating for popcorn. Come check out this easy recipe. I also included a marshmallow version too!

how to make homemade baked caramel corn

Caramel Popcorn

If you love caramel corn you will love this easy baked caramel corn recipe.

It takes no time to make the caramel just 5 minutes, then bakes in the oven for 1 hour.

This caramel corn is addicting and so delicious, you can't stop eating it.

how to make homemade baked caramel corn

Delicious and Fresh

After you pop the corn, this coating is simple and quick to make.

Toss the popcorn into this rich buttery caramel for a sinfully delicious treat.

The kids gobble this up so fast, I usually have to make it twice during the holiday season.

how to make homemade baked caramel corn

Sheet Pans

I use two very large sheet cookie pans and line them with parchment paper for the ease of cleanup.

It is also easier to spread it out and stir during the baking process on parchment paper.

Be careful this caramel is very hot!

how to make homemade baked caramel corn

Baked Caramel Corn

2 cups light brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

2 sticks of butter

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

6 quarts of popped popcorn (24 cups if using a hot air popper it's 3 batches)

Combine sugar, syrup, butter, tartar, and salt in large saucepan.

Heat to boiling, stirring constantly for 5 minutes

Remove from heat. Stir in soda quickly.

Pour over popcorn in large roasting pan spread out in a thin layer evenly

Stir gently coating all kernels

Bake in preheated oven 200 degrees for 1 hour

Stir 2 or 3 times during baking

Turn out at once onto parchment paper to break apart and cool. Store in tightly covered container.

how to make homemade baked caramel corn

Another favorite of ours for Popcorn marshmallow balls:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup unpopped popcorn

6 tablespoons butter

5 cups miniature marshmallows

Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Set aside.

Add vegetable oil to a 4-quart saucepan, and heat over high heat. When oil is hot, add popping corn. Keep pan moving constantly. When corn stops popping, remove from heat. Put popcorn in prepared pan.

Melt butter In a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in marshmallows and cook until melted, stirring constantly. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and mix with spoon to coat evenly.

Let mixture cool slightly. Smear butter on your hands or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Mix popcorn with your hands so that it is evenly coated.

Form popcorn into 8 balls.


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  4. Claudia,
    This is the same caramel corn recipe that I use. I've made it many times, so addicting. I have to give it away:)

  5. @Becky I've been making this one since I was 14 years old.. I posted that in 2009 one of my first posts. I know what you mean it's addicting, but with my kids it's gone the same day! Thanks for reading an oldie but goodie!


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