Homemade Caramel Popcorn

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I want gooey, I want sticky, I want sweet …Yep, know just the thing! Homemade Caramel Goodness. Okay, it’s Caramel Popcorn but it’s REALLY GOOD!

We were given a bottle of homegrown popcorn kernels a while back by my hubs’ aunt. It was this gorgeous array of colors in a cute little package. The real deal! I was pretty excited to finally pop my own popcorn from scratch instead of tossing a bag of it in the microwave along with the added preservatives. Why eat them if you don’t need to, right? This recipe is so simple for the plain popcorn alone that I may never go back to microwave bags again. No offense, Orville, but my stuff is the ‘pop’ diggity! :)

The Caramel Corn part of it is super easy too. Maybe too easy…it makes me want to whip up a batch of it way too often. My girls are asking for it daily. I guess that’s a good sign on just how yummy it is but my hips and such aren’t getting any smaller by eating MORE butter and sugar. A girl’s gotta have her happy treats though. ;) Let’s get down to business here so you can make your own caramel goodness.

Homemade Caramel Popcorn
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Soft and gooey homemade caramel popcorn
Recipe type: Treat, Snack
Serves/Makes: 10-12 cups

  • 10-12 Cups Popped Popcorn
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • ½ tsp. Baking Soda

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, light corn syrup, and butter. Allow to melt together and cook over medium heat.
  2. When it comes to a boil, allow to boil for one minute.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. The caramel will become foamy after adding the baking soda and may expand momentarily so use a watchful eye that it doesn’t overflow the sides of your saucepan.
  4. Pour over popcorn immediately and stir to combine.

Really wanna get crazy? Try adding some chocolate chips or M&M’s to your caramel corn when it’s cooled. Even coconut! I know! Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, guess which one I tried adding…and came up with this:

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

Candybar Popcorn=Gooey, sticky, sweet AND chocolatey! All requirements have been met for this round of cravings!

Or Try Our Homemade Fall Almond Bark Popcorn!

Homemade Popcorn

Homemade Popcorn
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Fresh popped homemade popcorn is super fast and super delicious!
Recipe type: Snack, Healthy, Treat
Serves/Makes: 10-12 cups

  • ½ Cup Popping Corn
  • ¾ tsp. Salt
  • 3 Tbs. Oil (Vegetable or Canola works well, coconut tastes best)
  • 4 Tbs. Melted Butter
  • Popcorn Salt or other popcorn flavorings to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine.
  2. Place cover on saucepan but leave cracked for steam to escape.
  3. As saucepan heats up, you will hear the first kernels start to pop. Shake the saucepan several times to keep the kernels and popcorn mixed around.
  4. Once the popping has almost come to a stop, the popcorn is done.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat and carefully remove lid as some kernels may continue to pop.
  6. Pour melted butter over popcorn and/or add other popcorn flavorings if desired.

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  1. this is great, I’ve been looking for a no fail caramel popcorn recipe for ages – this is it. I found you on addicted to recipes link up!

    • It’s so simple and tasty, I promise! Thanks for looking :)

  2. Does the caramel harden after a while and make it difficult to eat? I tried making caramel popcorn once and the caramel became tough and I couldn’t eat it because it stuck to my teeth so bad!

    • This is definitely a softer, gooey caramel popcorn but as long as you store it in an air tight container it shouldn’t get hard. Honestly, it has never lasted that long at my house because we eat it so fast so I can’t say if it gets hard after a day or two :)

      • Thanks! Can’t wait to try!

      • PS. I found you via Six Sixters!

  3. Oh my gosh this just looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Caramel Corn is my fave! Will for sure try this out sometime…thanks!

  5. ooohhh yummers!

  6. I’ve been looking for an easy caramel popcorn recipe. I am so pinning and going to make this for my daughter and myself this week. Yum! I’d love for you to link this up to Titus 2 Tuesday on Cornerstone Confessions tomorrow. This is great!

    Clicking over from DIY Home Sweet Home.


    • Thank you for the look and also for the pin :) So glad you you’re going to give it a try ! Let us know how you like it!

  7. You are a woman after my heart…and tummy!! I love ooey gooey anything…and fresh popped popcorn has to be tops. So glad you shared!

    • Me too! Thanks for stopping by :)

  8. This looks delicious. We’d love for you to link up with us for Tasty Tuesday over at http://www.aletteredlife.blogspot.com

  9. Yummy! my kids love popcorn – I’ll have to try this with them sometime!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. Oh, I don;t want to look. Looks so yummy, but when oh when am I going to be able to loose those excess pounds to fit back into my summer gear?? Ha ha..

    Thank you for linking it up at our link party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ As always, I love your ideas, and look forward what you’ll bring us this week, as a brand new party will open today!

  11. Yum! I saw you at A Bowl Full Of Lemons, and wanted to invite you to link up at http://www.firsthomelovelife.com/2012/05/whats-cooking-wednesday-1.html

  12. This looks so good and caramel popcorn is my favorite. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday.

  13. I love how fast it is! Super delicious!

    • I know! It doesn’t take long at all to make a very satisfying, sweet treat :) Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Soooo good!
    The whole family loved it.
    Awesome how quick and easy it was to make.

    • I’m so glad your family loved it! And it is awesome how quick and easy it is :) Thanks for letting us know how it turned out!

  15. Do you have a substitution for corn syrup in this recipe?

  16. p.s. I just paid $10 for a small (don’t remember the size exactly… it hasn’t come yet) jar of caramel corn through my son’s scout troop – I’m happy to report that I will never have to do that again, thanks to you! ;-)

    • Hi Mary, glad you enjoyed the popcorn! Laura is a genius when it comes to sweet treats :P

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