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Baked Caramel Popcorn in a blue bowl

Baked Caramel Popcorn

  • Author: Deborah
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 quarts 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


An easy recipe for homemade caramel popcorn – made from a simple brown sugar caramel, and then baked until perfectly crispy. This caramel corn is perfect for family movie night at home!



  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 quarts popped popcorn


  1. Preheat the oven to 250ºF.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar, corn syrup, and salt; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once the mixture comes to a boil, let it boil for 5 minutes without stirring.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and the baking soda. Be careful – as the mixture will bubble up.
  4. Gradually pour the caramel over the popped corn, mixing well. (I usually have the popcorn in 2 big bowls to give me enough room to stir to coat it with caramel.)
  5. Turn the coated popcorn out onto 2 large, shallow baking sheets. I usually use half sheet baking sheets.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minute, or until fairly dry, stirring twice during baking time. Remove from the pan and break into pieces.
  7. Store the caramel popcorn in an air-tight container.

Recipe Notes:

**I used to cut the recipe down to 4 quarts of popcorn, but I have found that there is just too much caramel for 4 quarts, so I have gone back up to the original amount of 6 quarts.

**This recipe is easily halved.

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 281
  • Sugar: 27 g
  • Sodium: 257 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 41 mg

Keywords: caramel popcorn