Sweet & Crunchy Caramel Corn

Sweet & Crunchy Caramel Corn

A perfect gift for a friend; homemade caramel corn with a touch of molasses.

15 min. prep time
6 quarts
252 Ratings


24 cups popped popcorn
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dark molasses
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup salted peanuts


Heat oven to 250°F. Place popcorn in large roasting pan; set aside.

Combine brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup, salt and molasses in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full boil (8 to 12 minutes). Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until candy thermometer reaches 238°F. or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a soft ball (2 to 6 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla.

Pour over popcorn; sprinkle peanuts over caramel mixture. Stir until all popcorn is coated. Bake for 20 minutes; stir. Continue baking for 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Immediately place caramel corn on waxed paper; cool completely. Break into pieces. Store in tightly covered container.

Nutrition Facts (1 cup)

Calories: 250

Fat: 13g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 290mg

Carbohydrates: 32g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #6379©2001Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I've been making this recipe for many years, and our family really loves it. It's hard to stop once you start munching! We use 2 cups of cashews in ours instead of salted peanuts, yum!
I have made this for my sons Election Day bake sales for years and it was a smash hit. I used to get requests for this every year.
The family and friends I would give this to on the holidays always raved, of its buttery flavor.
The one thing I would suggest to anyone who has not made this is, start with a deep pan, because of the chemical reaction you get at the end, makes it puff up.

This recipe has a rich butter flavor and tastes like it was bought at a specialty shoppe. A sure win with the kids and adults.

If you like it real crunchy bake it longer.


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