Rating: 4.86 stars
504 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 454
  • 4 star values: 39
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4

Sweet and crunchy, this caramel corn is easy to make and tastes better than the county fair's.

By Karo Corn Syrup
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Spray large shallow roasting pan with cooking spray. Add popcorn and place in preheated 250 degrees F oven while preparing caramel.

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  • Mix brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat.

  • Boil 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla; mix well.

  • Pour syrup over warm popcorn, stirring to coat evenly.

  • Bake for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and spread on foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

  • Cool; break apart. Store in tightly covered container.

Nutrition Facts

395 calories; protein 16.7g; carbohydrates 52.4g; fat 21g; cholesterol 30.5mg; sodium 567.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (401)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2010
Do not make this caramel corn unless you plan to give it away, have rock solid will power, or the metabolism of a four year old. It is highly addictive. This past weekend I made it twice, once for a birthday gift and once because we were all sad to see it leave the house. I used dark corn syrup and followed the recipe exactly. To pop the popcorn, I put the kernels in a brown paper bag, folded the top over twice, and microwaved for 2-3 minutes. No oil needed. Repeat until you have 4 quarts. The only tip I'd suggest that isn't in the recipe already is to also spray the spoon or spatula you use to stir the corn with cooking spray. The pots and pans clean up easily after a soak in hot soapy water. Then you can relax and attempt to avoid eating the entire batch of caramel corn all at once. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/26/2009
This was okay but tasted more like popcorn balls than the caramel corn I remembered as a child. The recipe that turned out the way I like (more caramel-like) is the one called "My Amish Friend's Caramel Corn" also on this website. It is a 5 star if not more recipe. Read More
(22)
504 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 454
  • 4 star values: 39
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2010
Do not make this caramel corn unless you plan to give it away, have rock solid will power, or the metabolism of a four year old. It is highly addictive. This past weekend I made it twice, once for a birthday gift and once because we were all sad to see it leave the house. I used dark corn syrup and followed the recipe exactly. To pop the popcorn, I put the kernels in a brown paper bag, folded the top over twice, and microwaved for 2-3 minutes. No oil needed. Repeat until you have 4 quarts. The only tip I'd suggest that isn't in the recipe already is to also spray the spoon or spatula you use to stir the corn with cooking spray. The pots and pans clean up easily after a soak in hot soapy water. Then you can relax and attempt to avoid eating the entire batch of caramel corn all at once. Read More
(456)
Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2010
Oh my, this was the best! I took the advice of others and sprayed a roasting pan, left the popcorn in the oven while the sauce was preparing. I also sprayed my spatula so nothing would stick. Drizzled it and stirred it. Helped to have someone mixing the popcorn around as I was drizzling it. Cooked it 45 min and stirred it every 10 min. Laid it out on parchment paper and it was delicious. Gone! Very easy, just time consuming because of the stirring but so easy for anyone to make and look like a pro! I am going to try adding peanuts and drizzle chocolate next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2008
Delicious corn. I used to make Amish Caramel Corn from this site, until I ran out of light corn syrup. This recipe used dark corn syrup so I tried it out, and it was great. I popped a generous 1/3 cup corn, and it was great. The liquid foams a bit in the oven, which really helps with coating the popcorn. Also, dark corn syrup doesn't have the high fructose syrup light corn syrup has. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2009
I am a beginner and have never made caramel corn, but this is definitely the recipe to learn! I took this to an office party after making it only once and I got rave reviews! Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2012
I've been making caramel corn for years and I decided to try this recipe because I didn't want to search for the recipe I normally use. I'm so glad I did because this recipe is the best caramel corn recipe I have ever tried. The only thing I did differently is lower the oven temperature to 225 degrees and bake for an hour stirring every 15 minutes. I also use a 20" diameter stainless steel mixing bowl to bake the caramel corn and a silicone spatula to stir. It's a lot easier and I don't have to worry about caramel corn dropping out of the pans when I stir it. If I could give this recipe 10 stars, I'd do it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
This was very good. We couldn't stop eating it! I did as the directions stated. However, I used butter flavored microwave popcorn. It took 2 bags to make 4 quarts. It was very rich.. I think because of the extra butter coating on the popcorn. We didn't mind at all! I also stirred every 10 min. while it was cooking in the oven. It came out very crunchy and not sticky. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2008
This has a higher proportion of corn syrup than most. I think that made it take a few minutes longer to cook up crispy. This was good, but I think ones with less syrup versus brown sugar are more flavorful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
Delicious! I used my air popper so baking the corn to get all the moisture out before pouring on the carmel was key. I had some carmel left over so we put it on apples too. We used light Kara syrup (like it makes a difference!) but it still came out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2012
I've made this recipe 4 or 5 times during the holidays, and every time I make it, it doesn't last more than a day. This is a very good recipe for home-made caramel, and is a great alternative to melting 40 (or so) individually unwrapped caramels. The way I figure it, it'll take me about as long to make the caramel as it will to unwrap all of those candies, and the quality of home-made items is typically better than store bought. A few side notes (as usual): Instead of measuring out 4 qts., I just use 2 bags of popped buttered microwave popcorn, and it the portioning comes out perfect. I also do line my cookie sheets with foil, the caramel corn comes off easier when scraping it with a greased spatula. I don't find it necessary to bake it for as long... Typically I bake my batch for about 30 minutes, scraping each tray (to prevent burning) every 10 minutes. I allow it to cool on foil, and have never really had the need to spray it with cooking spray. Once its cool, it comes off fine. This recipe received 5 stars in my opinion because it was simple, tasty, and came out perfect every time. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/26/2009
This was okay but tasted more like popcorn balls than the caramel corn I remembered as a child. The recipe that turned out the way I like (more caramel-like) is the one called "My Amish Friend's Caramel Corn" also on this website. It is a 5 star if not more recipe. Read More
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