My Amish Friend's Caramel Corn


This caramel corn recipe is the best! It comes from an Amish family who packages this treat and gives it to friends and neighbors every Christmas. It is truly the tastiest, easiest, and most foolproof caramel corn recipe you'll ever find! Store in airtight containers or resealable bags.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
30 cups


  • 7 quarts plain popped popcorn

  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts (Optional)

  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 1 cup margarine

  • ½ cup light corn syrup

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Grease two rimmed baking sheets. Place 1/2 of the popped popcorn and 1/2 of the peanuts onto each prepared baking sheet.

  2. Bring brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup, and salt to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally to blend. Once boiling, boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

  3. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda; mixture will be light and foamy. Immediately pour hot liquid over popcorn and nuts. Stir until pretty well coated.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, removing the pans and giving them each a good stir every 15 minutes.

  5. Line your countertop with waxed paper. Remove popcorn and nuts from the oven; dump onto waxed paper and separate any large clumps. Allow to cool completely.


You can use roasting pans, jelly roll pans, or disposable roasting pans instead of rimmed baking sheets.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

238 Calories
16g Fat
22g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Sodium 388mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 3g
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 106mg 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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