Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe! Soooo good!There is a certain nostalgia that accompanies popcorn.  I especially love it drizzled in caramel and tossed with salty peanuts!  This family caramel popcorn recipe has been passed down through the generations.  It’s easy, delicious and inexpensive to make.

You’ll need: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 cup corn syrup, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 2 sticks butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp salt, 6-8 cups popped popcorn, and 3/4 cups salted peanuts.

Start by adding the butter, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk.

Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe! Soooo good!

Add the sugars, vanilla, and salt and stir over medium heat until butter is melted.

Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe! Soooo good!

Bring to a soft boil and stir constantly for 7 minutes.

Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe! Soooo good!

Remove from heat and pour over popped popcorn.

Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe! Soooo good!

Toss popcorn until lightly coated with caramel and throw in the peanuts.

Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe! Soooo good!

Taste testing is absolutely encouraged!  DELICIOUS!

Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe! Soooo good!You can roll left over popcorn into balls using lightly oiled hands and cover with a plastic bag or plastic wrap.  Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

My recommendation: Make double batches – you’ll not regret it!! ;o)


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Easy Caramel Popcorn
Delicious Easy Caramel Popcorn
Recipe Type: Dessert
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6-8 cups popped popcorn
  • ¾ cups salted peanuts
  1. Add corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and butter to a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the sugars and stir constantly until butter is melted.
  3. Stir in the salt and vanilla
  4. Bring to a soft boil and cook for 7 minutes, stirring constantly, ensuring you are scraping the sides and bottom of the pan.
  5. Remove from heat and pour over popped popcorn.
  6. Stir until lightly coated and toss in peanuts.
  7. Enjoy!
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  1. Posted January 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Do u actually EAT THIS? My taste buds are driving me crazy wanting to taste this, BUT do not know if I would ever make it. Would LOVE TO. i AM 82 yrs. old – do I dare? Maybe one last time of enjoyment before all my problems do me in. ha. Glenna. PS I want it SOooooo bad.

  2. Cindee
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    I try to only make this during the holidays because, well let’s be honest I may just eat the entire bowl. Not the most low calorie dish, but hey I say just let go now and then and enjoy!!

  3. douaa
    Posted August 24, 2014 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    Hey i am wanting to make this, but how much grams is a stick of butter. thanks.

    • Cindee
      Posted August 24, 2014 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      113 grams
      4 oz
      1/2 cup
      8 TBSP

  4. Molly
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Does it get hard?!?

  5. Alex
    Posted October 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    DElicious!!! WE made it and loved it!!!

    • Cindee Tarsha
      Posted October 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      Alex so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Cindee Tarsha
    Posted October 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Molly, It doesn’t get hard unless it sits for a few days, which in our house it is usually gone in a few hours ;)

  7. reta
    Posted October 18, 2014 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    im wondering why my caramel didnt melt as its shown in the picture?
    did i miss something ?

    • Carli
      Posted October 20, 2014 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      Hi Reta,
      I’m confused. Your butter didn’t melt after placing it on medium heat? Once the butter melts, the sugar and all the other ingredients will dissolve into a caramel sauce.

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