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Caramel Popcorn

Photo: Karry Hosford
Yield 18 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup)
This homemade caramel popcorn recipe is perfect for snacking on at home or giving away as gifts during the holiday season.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon light molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cups popcorn (popped without salt or fat)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 126
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fat 3.6 g
  • satfat 2.2 g
  • monofat 1.1 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 0.7 g
  • carbohydrate 23.9 g
  • fiber 0.8 g
  • cholesterol 9 mg
  • iron 0.4 mg
  • sodium 151 mg
  • calcium 15 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 250°.

  2. Coat a large jelly roll pan with cooking spray.

  3. Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and molasses in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes, stirring once. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Place popcorn in a large bowl; pour sugar mixture over popcorn in a steady stream, stirring to coat.

  4. Spread popcorn mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

  5. Remove from oven; stir to break up any large clumps. Cool 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

  6. Note: Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Cook's Notes

Let the caramel popcorn cool completely before dividing it into holiday tins for giving.