Puffed Caramel Corn


Puffed corn can be found in the potato chip aisle of your grocery store and is used in this recipe to make great caramel corn without hulls or unpopped kernels. Warning: you need to make a double batch of this because it doesn't last long, at least not in my house. Very addicting. Love it!

close up of a bowl of puffed caramel corn
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 1 (8 ounce) bag corn puffs (such as O-Ke-Doke®)

  • 1 cup salted peanuts (Optional)

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup light corn syrup

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Combine corn puffs and peanuts in a large roasting pan.

  2. Bring butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup to a boil in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.

    Corn puffs and peanuts.

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  3. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda until mixture foams up.

    a top down view of baking soda reacting with a caramel mixture, making it foamy.

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  4. Pour over corn puff mixture and toss well using rubber spatulas. Bake in the preheated oven, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes, until a cooled piece of corn is crunchy, about 45 minutes.

    Mixture poured over corn puffs.

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  5. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Break apart and store in an airtight container.


Caramel corn is hot. Please handle it carefully and use utensils.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

631 Calories
42g Fat
62g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 631
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 788mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 6g
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 220mg 5%

* 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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