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Homemade Caramel Popcorn

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

How to make caramel popcorn step by step!



7 quarts of popped, unsalted popcorn

2 sticks margarine

2 C brown sugar

1/2 C corn syrup

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  In a very large bowl, place the popped popcorn kernels, with all seeds removed.

In a medium saucepan, melt the margarine then add the brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.  Bring to a boil.

Remove from the heat and add the baking soda and vanilla.  Mix well and allow the mixture to bubble up before carefully pouring it onto the popcorn.  Gently mix the caramel and popcorn together until all the kernels are covered.

Spread onto greased cookie sheets and bake in the oven for 1 hour, stirring the popcorn every 15 minutes.  Allow to cool before storing in an airtight container.


I don’t say this often, but do not substitute butter for the margarine.  This is one of the rare recipes that butter does not make it better 🙂

  • Author: Carole
  • Category: dessert
  • Cuisine: american


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 310
  • Sugar: 35g
  • Sodium: 345mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 53g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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