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Caramel Corn

During the holidays I like to have some quick snacks on hand for a games or movie night. This caramel corn is made with simple ingredients and is sure to satisfy the munchies. Serve it in a big bowl or pretty cones made with waxed festive paper. Fill and place in mugs or a glass. The mug helps to keep the cones upright, and now you're also ready for your beverage.
The photo above shows my Caramel Corn and Betty's Caramel Twists....a must try! Other good cone fillers are nuts 'n' bolts, peanuts, pretzels or trail mix.

  • 1 cup popcorn, making 10 popped cups
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup white corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  1. Pop corn and place into a large bowl.
  2. In a sauce pan over medium heat melt butter, stir add sugar, syrup and cream of tartar. Stirring constantly bring to a bowl until a soft ball just begins to form.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and then baking soda. Mixture will bubble up when the baking soda is added. Continue to stir until mixture settles down.
  4. Immediately pour hot mixture over popcorn and stir with a greased spatula.
  5. The caramel corn will cool very quickly. Once cooled, break into chunks. Store any left overs in an airtight container.


  1. Hi Kathy- could you tell us if this is a really chewy version? Is there a way of making sure it's teeth-friendly? I don't want to be sending people to the dentist after a visit with me! (I love the paper-cone idea - so cute!)

  2. Kathy I love the cones, what a beautiful presentation! I'm sure refills will be requested:)

  3. Oh was just thinking about making caramel corn for the hoidays! thanks for the recipe :-)

  4. oh what a cute presentation. I loved Betty's popcorn twist caramel corn and now this. . .oh yummy.

  5. Hi Chris..this is the chewy/sticky kind. I know what you mean about caramel corn and the dentist. I hope you enjoy it and don't have to send anyone to your dentist.

  6. Chris, I have a similar recipe and it calls for baking at 250 degrees for an hour, stirring every so often. That seems to take care of the chewy-ness. Hope that helps.

  7. Is Betty's Caramet Twist recipe on the site too? I love anything with caramel!

  8. Yes Carol ..check in the Holiday index.

  9. Me too....I love the presentation. How cute...I can't live without caramel popcorn.

  10. Carol, yes Betty's twists are on the blog...look under the holiday index.
    Elaine...thank you for suggesting the option of baking these...I have had them that way too and it does take away the stickiness. We love them a wee bit sticky.

  11. Thanks, ladies... I'll give it a try!

  12. OH yumm!! Nothing like a wonderful batch of caramel corn around the fire to make me happy!


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