Oven Caramel Corn

Oven Caramel Corn
4 Reviews
Oven-baked caramel corn, a crunchy popcorn and peanut snack, will disappear fast.
10 min
Prep Time
Total Time
20 cups


20 cups
plain popped popcorn
1 cup
dry roasted peanuts
2 cups
firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup
dark corn syrup
1 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter
1/2 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon
baking soda


  1. Heat oven to 250°F. Combine popcorn and peanuts in roasting pan; set aside.
  2. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full boil. Continue cooking 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until candy thermometer reaches 238° F or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a soft ball.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. Pour mixture over popcorn, stirring until all popcorn is coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, until caramel corn is crisp. Remove from pan immediately. Cool completely, stirring occasionally. Store in tightly covered container.

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Recipe Comments and Reviews


I found this recipe in a holiday booklet by Land O' Lakes about 8 years ago and have made it dozens of times since. It is perfect. When I spread it on the wax paper to cool, I sprinkle it lightly with Sea Salt for that addictive salty and sweet combo. We have a huge United Way bake sale every year and I make lots of bags of my special sea salt caramel corn and it's usually one of the first things to sell out!


This was great!! I made this several times. I have even done it in the microwave instead of the oven. Just put the mixture in a brown paper bag and microwave for 2 minutes, stir, then microwave for one more minute, stirring- do this three more times for a total of 5 minutes in the microwave. Put on wax paper to cool. Fast, delicious and easy!! Great recipe!! Thanks!!


I would not change a thing.......This is better than you can get at a caramel store!!!


I've made this recipe for years, but lost my little Land O' Lakes cookbook that the recipe was in. I was so thrilled to find it on-line! I always make this to give to friends for the holidays, and it always gets rave reviews! This is a good recipe because it is not too sweet. Important note: when baking in the oven I always use the big aluminum foil roasters (2) to bake the corn in. You need a lot of room to stir the mixture around so it gets nice and crispy.

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