Easy Baked Caramel Popcorn

Easy Baked Caramel Popcorn

The Spruce / Julia Estrada

  • Total: 83 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 68 mins
  • Servings: 16 servings

This caramel popcorn is baked to golden perfection at a very low temperature. The caramel corn is coated with a delicious brown sugar glaze. Make a double batch of this popcorn and watch it disappear!

One reader added some cinnamon to the mixture and chocolate chips near the end of the cooking time. Make it with cashews or pistachios, or use the mixed nuts or peanuts.

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts popped popcorn
  • Optional: 3 cups dry roasted mixed nuts or peanuts
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat oven to 250 F/130 C/Gas 1/2.

    Easy Baked Caramel Popcorn ingredients

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  2. In a large roasting pan, combine the popped popcorn and nuts, if using. Place the pan in the preheated oven while you prepare the glaze mixture.

    popcorn and nuts in a roasting pan

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  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt. Bring the sugar and butter mixture to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.

     brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt in a saucepan

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  4. Continue to boil for 4 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will bubble when the baking soda is added.

    carmel in a saucepan

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  5. Remove pan from oven. Pour the caramel mixture over the warm popcorn and nuts. Toss to coat the popcorn and nuts thoroughly, using a spatula.

    popcorn covered in caramel

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  6. Return the popcorn to the oven and continue baking for one hour, stirring the mixture about every 10 minutes.

    Easy Baked Caramel Popcorn in a roasting pan

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  7. Cool and break apart. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

    Easy Baked Caramel Popcorn

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