Homemade Caramel Corn


Every year, I use Halloween as an excuse to make homemade caramel corn.  It’s a delicious treat that both kids and adults will enjoy.  It’s so easy to make and tastes much better than any caramel corn you’ll purchase at the store.  It’s great at Halloween parties or as a treat for trick-or-treaters.  For an adorable package, use clear plastic gloves.  Fill the gloves with your homemade caramel corn, making sure to push into the fingers.  Cut the back of a plastic spider ring and put a ring on one finger of the glove.  Twist the top of the glove tight to close and secure with curling ribbon.  Cute and delicious!!

Make sure you discard the unpopped kernels after popping.  If you prefer you can use a plain or kettle corn microwave popcorn.  If you don’t like pecans, try roasted and salted cashews or almonds.  If you want to add candy corn, gummy bears or M&M’s to the cooled mixture it adds color and the kids love it!

Homemade Caramel Corn
  • 3 quarts freshly popped corn
  • ½ c. pecans, optional
  • ½ c. butter
  • 1 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ c. light corn syrup
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease two jelly roll pans, set aside.
  3. Combine popcorn and pecans in a large, lightly greased bowl, set aside.
  4. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat. Stir in soda and vanilla. Pour syrup over popcorn and stir to evenly coat.
  5. Bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  6. Cool completely and break into pieces.
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Caramel Caribou Popcorn

I’m heading to my moms for the weekend and I’m ready for a dose of home.  She lives in North Georgia in the same house I grew up in.  I’m hoping to see my brother and his family this weekend and a few cousins that I haven’t seen in a while.

We are planning a trip to the apple house.  Growing up in North Georgia it was tradition for my family to ride to the mountains when the air turned cool and the leaves started to change colors.  Over the years apple houses have grown into much more than they were when I was a kid.  Many of them now have petting zoos and hay rides and almost all of them have fresh baked apple treats.  I can’t wait for a fried apple pie!!

While searching the Internet for a fall type treat to take to my moms I found a blog I had never visited before…Something Swanky.  She has tons on popcorn ideas and this one really appealed to me.  I also thought this would be a great treat for my niece and nephew.  It is quite addicting. After tossing in the chocolate chips I stuck mine in the refrigerator for the chocolate to harden.  Once out at room temperature the chocolate does soften a bit, but it is still delicious and I think it would be perfect for any fall party.


Caramel Caribou Popcorn
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • ¾ c. packed brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 6 - 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. white chocolate chips
  • 1 c. cashews
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Remove all unpopped kernels and pour popcorn into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine butter, corn syrup and brown sugar over medium heat. Cook and stir until mixture boils. Continue boiling at a steady rate without stirring for 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla.
  5. Pour caramel over popcorn and quickly stir to coat.
  6. Spread onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and add chocolate chips and cashews, gently toss.
  8. Cool and serve or store in airtight container.
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