The Gift of Caramel Corn Print Recipe Print Recipe

I had this all packaged up and ready to give as a hostess gift, until my husband gave into his temptation.  Of course, I had to join him.

Just so know or in case you care, I’m eating this as I write this post. I’m going to use the excuse that it’s for writing inspiration.

It was also leftover from this, which I too ate.

I love my popcorn.

I’d say I eat popcorn about 4-5 times a week. No joke.

I’d say my air popper is the most used kitchen accessory. That and my blender.

Sometimes I’ll mix it up and pop popcorn on the stove, which you can learn here. It’s another favorite.

There could be worse things than popcorn addiction, right?


[Photographed by Lisa Thiele | With Style and Grace]

Caramel Corn Recipe


  • 4 quarts popped popcorn [about 8 cups]
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup [salted] butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract



Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Spray a large baking pan [or pot] with cooking spray. Add the popcorn to the pan [or pot] while you prepare the caramel sauce; set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt. Stir constantly until it comes to a boil.

When the sauce begins to boil, don’t stir for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla; mix well.

Pour the syrup over the popcorn and stir to coat evenly.

Bake for 45 minutes – stirring occasionally. Spread the popcorn out on parchment paper [on counter space] to cool.

Once it’s cooled, break apart and store in airtight container.

Adapted from All Recipes

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  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    I saw this on instagram and was drooling. YUM!!!! I love caramel corn!

  • Megan @ Tales of an HBS Wife

    I love this idea for a hostess gift…I’m always looking for something other than wine. Thanks for sharing!

  • The Cilantropist

    This is hilarious, because I was just thinking I had not eaten popcorn in probably a year but I had SUCH a craving yesterday for caramel corn! I probably could have eaten this whole jar. 🙂 Good for you for giving into temptation!!! haha!

  • Bryn

    I’ll have to try this! It’s such a great winter snack. I’m a big fan of kettle corn, I make it at home. If you’re interested, I blogged about it a little while ago.

  • Bev Weidner

    I’m gonna go ahead and open my mouth and let you toss 35 handfuls right in.

  • Delia

    thank you for the recipe!! I will definitely be using it!!:)

  • kelley

    I, too, would eat this instead of giving as a hostess gift. That’s what bottles of wine are for silly. 🙂

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl

    Looks like yours turned out great too!!

  • Maria

    I made caramel corn on Saturday-it is addicting!

  • Rebecca – A Daily Something

    Mmm. Sounds and looks delish. We’ve been making our own kettle corn the past few nights, and it is so so tasty, especially when it’s still warm!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    It is so hard for me to resist a good batch of caramel corn. Yours looks perfect!

  • Julia

    If I had an air popper, I’d be addicted to popcorn to. And I don’t mean simple popcorn w/ a little butter and salt, I mean THIS delicious caramel corn. Looks fantastic!

  • Lee Ann

    I just recently found your blog after searching for7 years for GOOD GF chocolate chip cookies. You did it!!!! I can’t tell you how excited my family is! And they’re worth every single hour we wait for them 🙂

    Just thought I’d share this recipe with you. I made caramel corn the way you posted for years. Then a friend showed me this It’s the same ingredients you used, but you can make it in about 7 minutes – which is somewhat dangerous if you’re inclined to sit down and eat the entire bowl 🙂

    Thanks for all of your recipes!!!!!

  • Tanya@The Inspired Budget

    What a beautiful presentation. It turns something as simple as popcorn into a gift. And also, love your blogroll – lot of fun things there I will delve into!

  • Esther

    I linked to your blog from a GF site. So is this a GF recipe? I’ve never been able to find candy corn that’s GF. What brands of candy corn are GF?


  • Guest

    In the ingredients it says “1/2 light corn syrup.” Is it meant to be half a cup? Thanks

  • Anonymous

     Yes 1/2 cup! Thanks, just updated the recipe 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Hi Esther – sorry for the late response I haven’t been able to respond to comments until now. This is a GF recipe. The Jelly Belly candy corn is gluten-free, info here:

  • massage therapist

    very amazing, beautiful and awesome girt for a loving one. Like to give such. 

  • June

    Quick question, when adding the candy corn.. when do you put it in? Will it make the colors bleed or make them melt? I’ve always wanted to make caramel corn!

  • WithStyleGrace

    after you pour the syrup over the popcorn and stir, you can add the candy corn. it might melt a little, but not completely.