Caramel Crunch Popcorn

This Caramel Crunch Popcorn is a family favourite!  It’s rich, creamy and so full of delicious caramel flavour!

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And so it begins…it’s crunch time.  Baking, eating, baking, eating…tight pants.  But who can resist all the scrumptiousness this time of year?  Not I.  It’s all about cookies, chocolate, cake and delicious appetizers.  This time of year is the best.  All the food.

Caramel Crunch Popcorn

One of our most favourite, and most asked for treats this time of year is Caramel Crunch Popcorn.  There’s never been a Christmas yet where this recipe hasn’t been on the treat plate.

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This Caramel Crunch Corn is my Mom‘s recipe, and I believe she got it from my Grandma.  I love so much that this is a family recipe passed down…it will always remind me of them.  And now I hope that this recipe will remind my own kids of me…considering that they ask for it every year, I think that is a possibility.  Love.

Caramel Crunch Popcorn

I like to make a couple batches of this popcorn over the holiday season because it doesn’t last long!  Usually the first batch lasts about 1 day.  Ack.  And I usually make one batch with nuts and one without.  I’m in the no nut camp as far as popcorn goes, but my Dad and my husband love nuts in theirs so I make a batch just for them.

Caramel Crunch Popcorn

This Caramel Crunch Corn makes a great gift too.  Just wrap it up in some cellophane and tie it with some pretty ribbon!  Delicious and pretty!

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Caramel Crunch Popcorn

Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup pecans & almonds optional

Instructions

  1. Pop your popcorn. Then measure out about 8 cups and spread it out onto a large cookie sheet.
  2. If you wish to add nuts to your popcorn, you might want to toast them in a 350 degree oven for 2-5 minutes, watching them very carefully. Toasting them brings out their amazing flavour!  When the nuts are toasted, sprinkle them over the popped popcorn. Set aside.

  3. Now on to the caramel!  In a saucepan melt the butter, then add the sugar and corn syrup.

  4. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  5. Continue to boil, stirring occasionally until the mixture turns caramel coloured.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  7. Then pour the caramel over the popcorn and nuts. Using a fork, gently mix, and separate into clusters.
  8. Store in a tightly closed container.

Tips!

  • I like my Caramel Crunch Popcorn soft and chewy.  From my experience, I have found the more the caramel coloured the mixture is, the harder the popcorn crunch is…so I cook my caramel mixture just a little less in time than I think I should, so it comes out soft.
  • Make sure you use a really good salted butter for this recipe!
  • This makes a great hostess or neighbour gift too.  Just put some in a pretty tin or wrap some up in wax paper or cellophane and tie with some festive ribbon.

Caramel Crunch Popcorn

Have a very Merry day!

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7 Comments

  • Reply Asenath November 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM Oooh, nummy! This looks scrumptious! Have you ever seen recipes with baking soda?
    • Reply Jo-Anna November 27, 2013 at 9:49 PM I haven't! Are they good?
  • Reply Asenath November 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM Carmel corn recipes with baking soda?
  • Reply Asenath November 27, 2013 at 10:40 PM My grandmother used to make it with baking soda. Your recipe looks about the same, sans soda. I don't remember it exactly though. :) I always wondered if it was a chemical reaction; she added it after you cook the sugar mixture. It would bubble up like crazy if you weren't watching. :) miss her!
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  • Reply dodi December 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM I just made caramel corn today too! My recipe calls for brown sugar instead of white and baking soda. All I see happen with the baking soda is make the mixture more "puffy" for lack of a batter description. I like how yours is more clear/white vs the brown sugar method, which makes it caramel in color. I'll have to try yours! Thank you for sharing. :)
  • Reply Evelyne CulturEatz December 15, 2016 at 6:47 AM A great way to begin the intense crunch time with Caramel Crunch Popcorn! I have not made some ages, may have to change that this year!
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