Quick and easy. Be ready to try to hold the relatives back. I usually have to make a double batch. I don't know where I got this recipe but its been a favorite in my home for over 30 years.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 12 mins
total:
1 hr 22 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Put 4 popcorn kernels into the oil and cover until popped; add remaining kernels to the saucepan in an even layer. Cover and remove from heat, about 30 seconds. Return to heat and gently shake pan back and forth over the burner until popping slows to several seconds between pops, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl.

  • Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Let boil for 5 minutes more without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and baking soda. Stir well. Pour over the popcorn; mix until evenly coated. Transfer to a shallow oven-safe pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, until a cooled piece of popcorn is crunchy, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

Your popped corn should measure about 6 quarts.

Nutrition Facts

439 calories; protein 1.5g; carbohydrates 63.3g; fat 21.6g; cholesterol 48.8mg; sodium 449.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2017
Caution: do NOT make this unless you are ready to indulge in yumminess! Fortunately for me I only made half a batch because otherwise well you know how that goes! The author says to double the batch and I would definitely agree with that only if you have other eaters! YUM! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2017
Caution: do NOT make this unless you are ready to indulge in yumminess! Fortunately for me I only made half a batch because otherwise well you know how that goes! The author says to double the batch and I would definitely agree with that only if you have other eaters! YUM! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2020
This recipe is saved to my favorites; I never want to lose it! I use my air popper and I pop 2/3 C popcorn instead of the 1/2 C that the recipe calls for. That amount works perfect for the ratio of caramel to popcorn. Excellent and highly addictive! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2018
Easy tasty and crunchy. I used 2 large bags of microwave popcorn. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2018
I should have cooked more popcorn to pour it over. I used our air popper. But it was delicious it just disappeared too fast. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2018
Easy and excellent! Rivals any popcorn you may have had on the boardwalk! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2018
Quick and easy. I'll add nuts and some other mix-ins next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2019
I've made this a few times in the past couple of months and it's excellent every time. I can't see where you could go wrong! I add salted peanuts but otherwise stick to recipe. I find it similar to "Crunch & Munch". Very addictive!!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2019
So darn good people fought over it at a Christmas Party last weekend! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2019
Sweet salty crunchy best snack every! We call this crack. Read More