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Sweet & Crunchy Caramel Corn

Sweet & Crunchy Caramel Corn

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

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15 min
Prep Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time


24 cups popped popcorn

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup Land O Lakes® Margarine

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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

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

  3. STEP 3

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

Nutrition (1 cup)

250 Calories
13 Fat (g)
0 Cholesterol (mg)
290 Sodium (mg)
32 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
3 Protein (g)
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