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Courtside Caramel Corn Recipe
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Courtside Caramel Corn Recipe

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My guests say they can't stop eating my caramel corn! For our basketball party I fix enough to fill a big red tin with our team's logo. The delectable syrup coats the popcorn well but isn't sticky. —Sharon Landeen, Tucson, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:22 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 22 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 230 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 343 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl and set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir in vanilla and baking soda; mix well. Pour over popcorn and stir until well-coated. Pour into two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 250° for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely. Store in airtight containers. Yield: about 5-1/2 quarts.
Originally published as Courtside Caramel Corn in Taste of Home December/January 1999, p37

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Reviewed Mar. 18, 2016

"This is almost identical to the recipe I use, but I use puff corn - no hulls! We call it "crack corn" - can't stop once you start!! Delicious!!!"

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Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"We loved this crunchy popcorn! Double the recipe, it goes fast."

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"Excellent recipe for caramel corn! After trying this recipe, I've thrown away my old one. Great flavor, texture and caramel coverage of the corn. I also used 3/4 tsp. soda like another reviewer noted, and it turned out very well."

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Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

"Easy, relatively fast, and a hit with caramel-popcorn lovers---what more could you want in a caramel corn recipe? I added an extra 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda (after reading reviews for Paula Deen's nearly identical recipe) this time around, but the recipe's been great each of the 5+ times I've made it."

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Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"This is the best caramel corn. As stated-store in air tight containers but it won't last long. It's easy to make, delicious to eat and not sticky like some caramel corns can be."

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