Homemade Caramel Corn

caramel corn

One of my favorite parts of Fall is the television. Yes, I know. I’m pathetic. Can’t help it! I love Fall TV!

I also love the pretty leaves, the cooler weather, and, of course, Halloween and Thanksgiving, so I’m not a complete loser.

Back to the TV. I love it. It’s so nice to curl up on the couch at night and watch a good show. The kids and I love watching The Biggest Loser together. Both my 9 year old son and my 4 year old daughter enjoy watching Food Network. My son’s favorite show is Chopped and my daughter’s is 30 Minute Meals with Rachel Ray (especially if Rachel is cooking chicken!). My kids have apparently inherited both my love of food and of good TV!

When the kids see me settling in for a good show or if we happen to turn on a movie to watch, they instantly ask for popcorn. I’m usually happy to oblige, but sometimes plain old popcorn gets boring, so lately I’ve been surprising them with this caramel corn. They love it and so do I!

When I saw this recipe at Get off your butt…and Bake! I couldn’t believe how simple it was! Homemade caramel corn in minutes? Count me in! I’ve made this four or five times in the three weeks since I discovered this recipe.

making caramel corn copy

To start, pop some corn. You can use microwave if you want, but honestly, popping corn on the stove is so simple! Check out Simply Recipes for how to make perfect popcorn.

For the caramel you just add butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup to a microwave safe bowl and heat it all up! Stir in some baking soda and vanilla, dump it on your popcorn and stir. Seriously, does it get easier than that?

baked caramel corn

Some people like their caramel corn soft and chewy and some like it hard and crunchy. I prefer it to be more crunchy than chewy, but not so hard that it breaks my teeth, you know? If you like it soft, go ahead and eat it immediately. If you want it a little crunchier, bake it for 10 to 20 minutes depending on how crunchy you want it!

If you want to liven things up a bit, add a dash of cinnamon to the caramel. It adds a little depth to the flavor. You could also add some peanuts if you really wanted to go crazy!


Homemade Caramel Corn

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crowd pleasers, holiday recipes, party recipes
Calories: 505 kcal

I couldn’t believe how simple this was! Homemade caramel corn in minutes? Count me in! I’ve made this four or five times in the three weeks since I discovered this recipe.


  • 12 cups popped popcorn about 1/2 cup kernels
  • 1 cup peanuts optional
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon optional


  1. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Place popcorn and nuts (if using) in a large bowl, set aside.
  3. Add corn syrup and brown sugar to a small bowl.
  4. Chop butter into small chunks and add to bowl with corn syrup and sugar. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir.
  5. Microwave for 2 more minutes and stir.
  6. Return to microwave for another 2 minutes. Stir to combine. The mixture should be hot and bubbly.
  7. Add in vanilla, baking soda, and cinnamon (if using). The mixture will get a bit foamy.

  8. Stir and then pour over the large bowl of popcorn. Mix well to coat popcorn.
  9. If you want your caramel corn very chewy, go ahead and eat it now. Otherwise, pour caramel corn onto a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  10. Bake for 5 minutes, stir and taste. Keep baking and stirring every 5 minutes (up to 20 minutes of baking) until you get it as crunchy as you want. It will harden up a bit as it cools. Break apart and devour!
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Caramel Corn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 505 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 82mg4%
Potassium 338mg10%
Carbohydrates 88g29%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on bunsinmyoven.com should only be used as a general guideline.

adapted from Get off your butt..and Bake!