Caramel Popcorn

Warning: If you made this once you will be asked to make it again and again and again…

but it’s soooo good!

Another great recipe from the cookbook

Applehood & Motherpie


  • 1 cup butter (do not substitute)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp real vanilla
  • 6 quarts popped popcorn
  • optional: peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc.


  1. Melt butter in large saucepan
  2. Add sugar, corn syrup and salt
  3. Over medium to high heat stir continuously until mixture comes to a boil
  4. Let mixture boil without stirring for 5 minutes
  5. Remove from heat
  6. Stir in baking soda & vanilla
  7. Slowly pour caramel over popped corn and optional nuts. Mix well.
  8. Spread popcorn mixture on 2 large baking sheets. (I put one on the top rack and one on the bottom and switch them each time I stir)
  9. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and break apart.

Store in covered container.

4 thoughts on “Caramel Popcorn

  • November 8, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    This is my Mom’s recipe in Applehood!! It accomanied the Varsity basketball team on every away game bus ride from 1980 – 1984.

  • November 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Karen, this is the best recipe! It has been a family favorite of ours for years. Please thank your mom!

  • November 12, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Received some of this from a friend….DELICIOUS! In the directions it says soda, but I see no soda on the ingredients list. Can you help me?!

  • November 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Kristin, so sorry about the omission. Thank you for pointing it out to me! Baking Soda amount is 1/2 teaspoon. I am correcting the recipe right now. Thanks again!

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