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EASY, Homemade Oven Baked Carmel Popcorn Recipe

Did you know that it is super easy to make your own caramel popcorn? You can easily make your own homemade caramel corn that tastes even better than storebought, with better ingredients too! Let me show you how my family makes the best caramel popcorn in the oven.

Did you know that it is super easy to make your own caramel popcorn? You can easily make your own homemade caramel corn that tastes even better than storebought, with better ingredients too! Let me show you how my family makes the best caramel popcorn in the oven.

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Caramel popcorn

Whether you are looking for a snack for family movie night, game night, around the campfire, or to give away for teacher appreciation, this homemade caramel corn is perfect! This baked caramel corn is simple to whip together, but has such a rich flavor you will love. This caramel popcorn recipe gives you crunchy, not hard caramel popcorn you will love eating. Let me show you hot to make caramel popcorn!

plain popcorn, brown sugar, butter, light corn syrup, salt, baking soda, vanilla extract

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All you need to make this yummy snack are a few simple ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons oil (olive oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil)
  • 1 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrups
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

 

caramel corn popcorn

Preheat oven to 250° F. Spread freshly popped popcorn onto two large rimmed pans. You can easily make homemade popcorn in a large pot. Put 2 tablespoon oil and 2 kernels popcorn in pot, cover with lid and heat over medium heat. Whent the kernels pop, add 1/2 cup unpopped kernels and cover again. Shake the pot as you go, always keeping the lid on as the kernels will pop everywhere without it. Continue shaking pot, when you stop hearing consistent popping. Remove from heat and pour the fresh popcorn onto 2 large rimmed pans. For this recipe you will want to repeat the process and will have a little extra after popping 1 cup. Measure out the ~20 cups you need for the carmel corn and use the rest to snack on while you wait for your caramel popcorn.

Wipe out your pan and re-use to make the caramel sauce. Over medium heat, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil. 

homemade caramel corn

Wipe out your pan and re-use to make the caramel sauce. Over medium heat, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil.  Boil without stirring for 4 minutes. 

Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda. (It will look foammy)

Pour homemade carmel sauce over popcorn and toss until evenly coated. 

caramel popcorn recipe

Pour homemade carmel sauce over popcorn and toss until evenly coated. 

how to make caramel popcorn

how to make caramel popcorn

Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. 

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Once cooled break up any large clumps using your fingers. Then let caramel corn cool completely.

Whether you are looking for a snack for family movie night, game night, around the campfire, or to give away for teacher appreciation, this homemade caramel corn is perfect! This baked caramel corn is simple to whip together, but has such a rich flavor you will love. This caramel popcorn recipe gives you crunchy, not hard caramel popcorn you will love eating. Let me show you hot to make caramel popcorn!

homemade caramel popcorn

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to a week.

homemade caramel popcorn

popcorn in oven

I love the rich, full flavor of this carmel popcorn. Plus it is “set” without being hard!

You can "dress it up" to to give to teachers or neighbors as Christmas gifts or end of the year thank you gifts. Try adding your favorite nut and drizzling a little melted chocolate on it. It will look so sophisticated with just a little extra effort!

baked caramel corn

You can “dress it up” to to give to teachers or neighbors as Christmas gifts or end of the year thank you gifts. Try adding your favorite nut and drizzling a little melted white and semi-sweet chocolate on it.

caramel popcorn recipe

It will look so sophisticated with just a little extra effort!

best caramel popcorn recipe

Set out a dish of your plain or fancy carmel popcorn for game night, family movie night, around the campfire, company, appetizers, potlucks, and more!

Best caramel popcorn recipe

You will love chowing down on this simple popcorn recipe!

Learn how to make your own homemade caramel popcorn that tastes even better than storebought, with this easy oven baked recipe.

Learn how to make your own homemade caramel popcorn that tastes even better than storebought, with this easy oven baked recipe.

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Easy, Homemade Oven Baked Caramel Popcorn

Did you know that it is super easy to make your own caramel popcorn? You can easily make your own homemade caramel corn that tastes even better than storebought, with better ingredients too! Let me show you how my family makes the best caramel popcorn in the oven. 
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: appetizer, popcorn, snack
Keyword: carmel popcorn, popcorn
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 5 qts popped corn
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250° F. Spread freshly popped popcorn onto two large rimmed pans. You can easily make homemade popcorn in a large pot. Put 2 tablespoon oil and 2 kernels popcorn in pot, cover with lid and heat over medium heat. Whent the kernels pop, add 1/2 cup unpopped kernels and cover again. Shake the pot as you go, always keeping the lid on as the kernels will pop everywhere without it. Continue shaking pot, when you stop hearing consistent popping. Remove from heat and pour the fresh popcorn onto 2 large rimmed pans. For this recipe you will want to repeat the process and will have a little extra after popping 1 cup. Measure out the ~20 cups you need for the carmel corn and use the rest to snack on while you wait for your caramel popcorn.
  • Wipe out your pan and re-use to make the caramel sauce. Over medium heat, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil and then boil without stirring for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda. (It will look foammy)
  • Pour homemade carmel sauce over popcorn and toss until evenly coated. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Once cooled break up any large clumps using your fingers. Then let caramel corn cool completely. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Did you know that it is super easy to make your own caramel popcorn? You can easily make your own homemade caramel corn that tastes even better than storebought, with better ingredients too! Let me show you how my family makes the best caramel popcorn in the oven.

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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