I think that the only time I really ate caramel corn (prior to this) was from those jumbo popcorn tins that people give as Christmas gifts. You know, with the cheese flavored section, butter section, and caramel corn section? I'm sure I've had it other times at carnivals and fairs but it's definitely not something that I found myself eating very often. It's also not something that I ever really thought to make at home.
This is not a recipe for popcorn that you will be able to eat immediately because it needs to bake in order to become crispy. It also doesn't require a candy thermometer and is really not fussy as far as caramel goes, which is awesome. My kitchen was definitely a little messy but honestly, whenever I bake or cook my kitchen is pretty much a disaster. :)
Give this one a try. Have it for a snack around Thanksgiving, package it up for Christmas gift bags, or hoard the entire batch for yourself.
- Homemade Caramel Corn
- Printable Version
- 1 cup popcorn kernels, unpopped
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- 2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1½ tsp. vanilla extract