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
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
Corn Pops (not the cereal kind)
These are the only ingredients you need. The Karo Syrup does not have the old High Fructose in it.
Bring the brown sugar and corn syrup to a boil.
Continue stirring constantly over medium heat until you see it come to a boil.
Stir constantly and add the butter pieces and sweetened condensed milk.
This is too runny, keep cooking.
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.
Caramel Semi-Firm Ball
This is the semi-firm ball. Now the caramel is ready.
Pour the caramel over the buttered popcorn and the corn pops. Then start stirring quickly with a silicone spoon. The caramel is hot.
Caramel Popcorn Recipe
- 4 cups of brown sugar
- 2 cups of light Corn Syrup
- 1 cup of butter (cut into pieces)
- 2 cans of Sweetened Condensed Milk
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
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!
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