Classic Caramel Corn


This caramel corn recipe is easy to make and tastes better than what you'd get at the country fair.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 quarts


  • Mazola Pure® Cooking Spray

  • 4 quarts popped popcorn

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup

  • ½ cup butter OR margarine

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Spray a large shallow roasting pan with cooking spray, then fill with popcorn.

  2. Place in the preheated oven while preparing caramel.

  3. Mix brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt together in a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat; stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil.

  4. Stop stirring, and boil mixture for 5 minutes.

  5. Remove from the heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla until well combined.

  6. Pour syrup over warmed popcorn and stir until evenly coated.

  7. Return to the oven and bake for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  8. Remove from the oven and spread onto a large foil sheet greased with cooking spray.

  9. Cool, then break apart and store in a tightly covered container.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

395 Calories
21g Fat
52g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 395
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 567mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 80mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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