Homemade Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Homemade caramel popcorn recipeMy family likes to eat popcorn when watching movies at home. Here is a caramel popcorn recipe I recently used to entertain my family. Warning – this recipe is high in sugar and also contains milk.

Caramel Popcorn

  • Place two bags of microwave or air-popped popcorn in a large bowl
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar brown of white
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 7 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Preparation Steps

Bring the butter, sugar, corn syrup and salt to a boil in a pot on the stove.  Then, turn the heat to medium and add the vanilla and sweetened condensed milk. Cook until the soft ball stage, which refers to a specific temperature range when cooking sugar syrups. Soft ball stage occurs at 235-245 degrees (a candy thermometer comes in handy here). This stage can be determined by dropping a spoonful of hot syrup into a bowl of very cold water. In the water, use your fingers to gather the cooled syrup into a ball. If it has reached soft ball stage, the syrup easily forms a ball while in the cold water, but flattens once removed from the water.

Slowly pour over the popcorn and stir to coat.  Once coated, pour out onto 2 parchment lined cookie sheets and allow the popcorn to cool. This is a good time to improvise by adding nuts or dried fruit before it cools. Once cooled, break into bite sized pieces and serve.

Preparation Time

About 20 minutes

Other resources: Caramel Popcorn preparation Video

Healthier Alternatives

Lightly salted popcorn

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