Caramel Corn with Nuts Recipe
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Caramel Corn with Nuts Recipe

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This homemade caramel corn far surpasses the store-bought variety. Adding nuts makes it extra special. I like to double the recipe for gifting. —Karen Edwards, Sanford, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:13 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 13 servings


  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 224 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein


  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Cook and stir until candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage). Remove from heat; stir in baking soda (mixture will foam). Quickly pour over popcorn and mix well; stir in nuts.
  3. Transfer to two greased 13x9-in. baking pans. Bake at 200° 45 minutes, stirring once. Remove from pans and place on waxed paper to cool. Break into clusters. Store in airtight containers. Yield: 2-1/2 quarts.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Caramel Corn with Nuts in Taste of Home December/January 2010, p64

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Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"This is the best ever. I use to make a big batch of this for the kids in the family and they would hide from there moms and dads. This is in my Land o Lakes cookbook 1992 pg 492

Now as a grandmother I hand it out to the grandchildren. Yes they hide it too.
Great as a Christmas gift for teachers. Injoy ! Grandmakitty3"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"Yum-o! Addictive.."

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Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"I have made this for the last two Christmases for gifts, but I have to make extra because we eat so much of it before it is packaged. I am thinking I might make it for Halloween also."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"YUM!! This recipe is simple to make and tastes just like Fisher's popcorn we get at the beach in Ocean City, MD. Makes great Christmas gifts."

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