I nearly panicked the other night because I thought that I had lost my caramel corn recipe. I was madly going through the stacks of recipes that I have stashed in my cupboards and I just couldn’t find it. I knew it had to be there. Earl Grey Chocolate Cake – check. Raspberry Swirl Cake – check. Pulled Pork – check. My favorite chicken salad – check. Cafe Rio style pork – check. Those were all accounted for as well as many more of my favorites. But I couldn’t find my caramel corn recipe. If you haven’t tried this caramel corn you may not understand how tragic that would have been. Just trust me. It would have been devastating, totally devastating. Why? Because this is one of my all time favorite recipes. It is ah-mazing. Its’ soft and chewy, but not sticky tacky – you know what I mean? And the caramel flavor is legit. It’s creamy, and buttery, and everything caramel should be. I swear this is one of those recipes that is so dang good that it has bribing powers. I’m asked for this recipe all the time. I guess you’ll either have to take my word for it or try it for yourself. If I were you I’d just make it as soon as I possible. I’d also plan on sharing some with my friends because this caramel corn destroys me every time. Every single time. Self control? What self control? Right?! I think you get me…. don’t you?
- 2 bags popped popcorn, Pop Secret Homestyle is my favorite
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup light Karo syrup
- 2 sticks butter
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Place parchment paper on flat surface. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Pop popcorn as directed. Pour into a big mixing bowl being careful to remove kernels. In a saucepan over medium heat melt sugar, brown sugar, and Karo syrup together. Add butter and let it melt. Now bring caramel mixture to a full boil. Boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla, Stir until smooth and creamy. Pour over popcorn. Stir gently until popcorn is evenly coated. Spread over prepared parchment paper stirring occasionally until cooled. Enjoy.
You can use any popcorn you'd like but for this recipe I swear by Pop Secret's Homestyle flavor. There are about 12 cups of popped popcorn in one of these bags so if you use air popped corn or another variety, plan accordingly. If you use air popped corn, you may want to add a little salt to the caramel corn when you add the vanilla and baking powder.
If popcorn is your thing, you should totally check out my other popcorn recipes here.