Homemade caramel corn isn't hard to make--whip up a batch for your Halloween party or anytime the neighborhood kids are invading your house for the night.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Holiday Issue 1996


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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spread popcorn and nuts, if using, on a baking sheet with sides and set aside.

  • Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in a heavy medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Clip a candy thermometer to the pan and cook until the mixture reaches 250 degrees F and is at hard-ball stage (when a bit of syrup dropped into ice water forms a hard ball), 2 to 3 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and immediately stir in baking soda. Pour the mixture over the reserved popcorn and nuts, stirring until most of the kernels are coated.

  • Bake the popcorn for 15 minutes. Stir, coating any kernels that were not coated at the beginning. Continue baking until amber, 5 to 10 minutes longer. (Longer baking produces a deeper caramel color and flavor.) Let cool until the caramel has almost hardened, about 2 minutes. Gently break up large clumps and let cool completely.


Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

195.9 calories; protein 1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 47.1g 15% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 1.2g 5% DV; sugars 41g; fat 1.9g 3% DV; saturated fat 1g 5% DV; cholesterol 3.8mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 60IU 1% DV; vitamin cmg; folate 2.5mcg 1% DV; calcium 3.9mg; iron 0.3mg 1% DV; magnesium 11.8mg 4% DV; potassium 27mg 1% DV; sodium 199.1mg 8% DV; thiaminmg 2% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
Super easy and delicious! Was really yummy! Amazing that it doesn't have more fat in it! I added vanilla vanilla bean chopped almonds and dried cherries and only baked it for a couple minutes to be able to thoroughly coat the popcorn easy then let it cool. This way it's still a bit chewy how I like it. Will definitely make again! Pros: Quick low fat easy to make Cons: easily addictive!! lol Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I added 1tsp. of vanilla to give it more flavor. Tasted great. Will make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
was delicous added the tsp of vanilla too:) will make again for sure Read More