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Cinnamon Candy Caramel Corn (Gluten-Free Recipe)

Cinnamon Candy Caramel Corn (Gluten-Free Recipe)

Classic caramel corn is flavored with cinnamon candies for a festive touch.

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25 min
Prep Time
02 hrs 30 min
Total Time


1 (6-ounce) bag (16 cups) plain white popped popcorn

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup small red gluten-free cinnamon candies (imperials), divided

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

5 ounces about 3 blocks vanilla-flavored candy coating , melted

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 200°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Place popcorn in roasting pan; set aside. Place waxed paper onto flat surface.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, 1/4 cup cinnamon candies and salt in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil. Continue boiling, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.

  4. STEP 4

    Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda. Carefully pour hot syrup mixture over popcorn in pan; stir until well coated. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup cinnamon candies.

  5. STEP 5

    Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, 1 hour or until caramel corn is crisp. Immediately place caramel corn onto waxed paper. Cool completely.

  6. STEP 6

    Drizzle with melted candy coating; let stand until set. Break into bite-sized pieces. Store in container with tight-fitting lid.

Tip #1

- Purchase gluten-free red cinnamon candies that do not list modified food starch as an ingredient.

Tip #2

- This recipe was developed using alternative flours and products labeled as “gluten-free.” The best source for additional information is the ingredient listing on product packaging. Learn about gluten-free baking.

Nutrition (1 cup)

190 Calories
8 Fat (g)
15 Cholesterol (mg)
150 Sodium (mg)
30 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
1 Protein (g)
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