Caramel Corn Puffs Recipe

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Dawn Fagerstrom of Warren, Minnesota says kids and adults find these sweet and crunchy puffs habit-forming. "They make a perfect late-night snack and travel well when you're on the run."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:18 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) popped popcorn
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 270 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 273 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl and set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup; bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Stir in vanilla and baking soda; mix well. Pour over popcorn and mix until well coated. Pour into two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely. Store in airtight container or plastic bag. Yield: about 4-1/2 quarts.
Originally published as Caramel Corn Puffs in Quick Cooking March/April 1998, p40

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Love it, great for young and old."

Reviewed May. 12, 2011

"This recipe is a great snack. To cut down on the sugar, use 1 cup of splenda & 1 cup of brown sugar.....Yummie, without the guilt!!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"this was so good. I just poped reg pop corn, 4 bags of microwave pop, and went from there. it was really good."

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I've used this recipe for several year! It's a big hit and always comes out great. The recipe has been passed down to my son by his request. He plans on making it for his sisters birthday!"

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