How To Make The Best Caramel Popcorn Ever

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This is how to make the best caramel popcorn ever! It’s an old family favorite we all love. It’s a gooey, yummy caramel and it stays soft, but not drippy.

I guess that is how I would describe this caramel. I use it for apples in the fall and popcorn in the summer or anytime in between! This is a family reunion favorite treat!

This is so easy to make and the caramel popcorn is so soft you will make it all the time and love it! It’s one of those treats you can’t stop eating it. Gotta love it!

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn and Caramel Pops

Step One

The very first step is taking a plastic bag with some butter to grease two large bowls. One for the popped popcorn and another bowl for the corn pops. These are the bowls I use: Stainless Steel Bowls

Butter the Large Silver Bowl

Step Two

Place popped popcorn in buttered bowl

Corn Pops (not the cereal kind)

Corn Pops in a buttered bowl

Step Three

These are the only ingredients you need. The Karo Syrup does not have the old High Fructose in it.

Caramel Popcorn Ingredients

Step Four

Bring the brown sugar and corn syrup to a boil.

Boil the brown sugar and corn syrup

Step Five

Continue stirring constantly over medium heat until you see it come to a boil. 

Bring it to a boil

Step Six

Stir constantly and add the butter pieces and sweetened condensed milk.

Add the butter pieces

Step Seven

This is too runny, keep cooking.

Keep stirring the caramel

Step Eight

Cook to a semi-firm ball. If you drop some caramel in a cup of cold water and if it can be made into a semi-firm ball, it’s ready.

Drop a spoonful of caramel in a bowl of cold water

Caramel Semi-Firm Ball

This is the semi-firm ball. Now the caramel is ready.

Cold water bowl with semi-firm ball of caramel

Step Nine

Pour the caramel over the buttered popcorn and the corn pops. Then start stirring quickly with a silicone spoon. The caramel is hot.

Caramel Corn in large silver bowls

Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Homemade Caramel Popcorn by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 people
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of light Corn Syrup
  • 1 cup of butter (cut into pieces)
  • 2 cans of Sweetened Condensed Milk
Instructions
  1. Bring the brown sugar and corn syrup to a boil. Stir constantly and add the butter pieces and sweetened condensed milk. Continue stirring constantly over medium heat. Cook to a semi-firm ball. If I drop some caramel in a cup of cold water and if it can be made into a semi-firm ball…it's ready. This makes a lot of caramel for popcorn. I like to buy "Nu-crisp" already popped popcorn at Harmon's grocery store, or a similar grocery store. The package I used today is called "Corn Pops" (not the cereal corn pops) and a package of buttered popped popcorn. Put the popped popcorn and/or corn pops in a very large greased/buttered bowl so you are ready to stir the caramel over 1 pound of popcorn very quickly. You can add peanuts, pecans or almonds, enjoy.

Popcorn and Corn Pops Picture

What to buy to make caramel popcorn

This makes a lot of caramel for popcorn. I like to buy “Nu-crisp” already popped popcorn at Harmon’s, or a similar grocery store. The other package I used today is called “Corn Pops” (not the cereal corn pops).

If you want to make Caramel Apples

Wash the apples and dry completely. Put the “Popsicle” sticks in the apples and place the apples on parchment paper in the refrigerator. The caramel sticks to cold apples better than room temperature apples.

I usually have a small hammer next to the apples because it’s the only way I could get the sticks into the crisp apples.

You can roll the caramel apples in mini chocolate chips (let the hot caramel cool down or they will melt), coconut, or chopped pecans.

Expect two things two to happen after you make and serve these fun treats: (1) your fingers and teeth will get sticky caramel all over them, and (2) your family will beg you to make more batches once these are quickly eaten up. Enjoy!

Final Word

I hope you try making my caramel popcorn recipe, please let me know if you do. It’s great to take to parties, family reunions, and neighborhood get-togethers. Please keep prepping, we must. May God bless this world, Linda

9 thoughts on “How To Make The Best Caramel Popcorn Ever

  • June 18, 2016 at 8:00 am
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    Oh, yummy… that looks so wonderful, Linda!

    I posted my baking mix recipe on the blog, along with a couple of others. It’s the latest entry.

    Have a great day! Hugs, Mare

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    • September 5, 2018 at 12:09 pm
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      Mare, what is the link to your blog?

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  • June 18, 2016 at 5:39 pm
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    Yum. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    • June 19, 2016 at 6:48 pm
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      Hi Tauna, I hope your family loves this ooey gooey caramel corn recipe as much as I do! Hugs! Linda

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  • September 4, 2018 at 5:16 pm
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    Linda, if you pop your own popcorn how many cups of popped corn would you need for this recipe? Looks yummy!

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    • September 4, 2018 at 6:17 pm
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      Hi Kay, if you have one of those 18-inch stainless steel bowls, you can fill it as full as you want with popcorn depending on how much caramel you want on the popcorn. You can make it thicker with caramel or thinner. I like a thicker caramel coated popcorn. I’m sorry I can’t give an exact amount. There are so many variables. Linda

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  • September 5, 2018 at 12:37 pm
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    I’ve always wanted to try caramel popcorn but I was afraid I’d wind up with a soggy mess. My family loves your Morning Glory breakfast muffin recipe so I’m sure they’ll love your Caramel Corn recipe, too! Thanks!

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    • September 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm
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      Hi Kay, if you follow my directions with the “tiny glob” in your fingers you can make this, I promise! I’m so glad you like my Morning Glory Muffins!! Linda

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