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Courtside Caramel Corn Recipe

Courtside Caramel Corn Recipe

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 YIELD:22 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 230 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 343mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

Reviews for Courtside Caramel Corn

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volson User ID: 3322527 245629
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!!!"

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 243588
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

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

quilter_Cheryl User ID: 239116 240908
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."

teris9 User ID: 6610935 202910
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."

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 24841
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."

laura1008 User ID: 2581549 58500
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"Everyone loves when I make this. Be careful to get all the kernals out though I made that mistake once, OOPS!"

roberta bowser User ID: 4547912 51837
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"I have made this several times over the years,,I always have to make two batches,,,It is GREAT!!!"

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 24837
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

"As a matter of preference, I used a little extra popcorn (about 8 qts) and used dark brown sugar because that's what I had on hand. Excellent! Exactly what I'd hoped for! Thanks for another great recipe!"

coffeeaddict24 User ID: 1542296 50339
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"I once had a recipe for caramel corn that a dear friend gave me, and I lost it in between several moves. This recipe is close, and is easy to make. It never lasts long!"

Coccinelle65 User ID: 7187686 31784
Reviewed May. 25, 2013

"I rarely write reviews unless something impresses me. I have tried other caramel corn recipes, but this one is worth writing about! Delicious and easy to follow directions. I took this to an end-of-school-year faculty pitch-in and people loved it! Also included it in my son's lunch. He reported that he had never had so many people wanting to "trade" to get more of his popcorn! Definitely a keeper and I will be making this for my son's all-school picnic."

DoggieMom2 User ID: 5596773 24816
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"I've made this countless times over the years, usually around Christmas when I'm asked to bring it to family get-togethers. Very yummy!"

LyssaLoo User ID: 6943687 51836
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"This caramel corn is amazing!"

penskytay User ID: 3039778 50338
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2012

"Is it glossy when it's done?"

Coryskitchen User ID: 6228848 68188
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Super good! Perfect treat for the Sunday game. I also used 3 bags of microwave popcorn to cut the time. Turned out great :)"

sd20 User ID: 5560294 19300
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"Great recipe! Not sticky at all to eat. Easy and delicious!! Will be making again."

Big Job User ID: 5870359 31372
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"Tastes just like the stuff you get in the store and it's really easy to make. Extra bonus! I like how all the ingredients are basic ones that any kitchen holds. I definitely recommend this recipe."

marshelle User ID: 204090 24420
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"OMG! This is the best caramel corn I have ever made! Easy, delicious, and I always have the ingredients on hand. I use three bags of microwave popcorn (lightly buttered) and a aluminum turkey roasting pan instead of two 9x13. Works great. Melts in your mouth if you're lucky enough to get through the crowd and get a bite! Thanks for a great recipe!"

gk33061 User ID: 1621193 68187
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"I've been making this for our neighbors for Christmas for the last several years. They love it and look forward to it every year. This is a wonderful recipe."

Lisateachs2 User ID: 1420750 23133
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"Fantastic!! Made this to bring to a party and it was easy and delicious! Next time I plan to add some cashews to the mix."

renewisa40 User ID: 2403696 68181
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"This is just like my mom's recipe that I grew up with. Easy and very economical to make. I just used my regular vanilla."

kimheath User ID: 3417538 31368
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"I thought this would be really messy to make but it wasn't. It's very addicting!"

snbtodd User ID: 1657453 19299
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"I've been making this several years now, and everyone LOVES this! Try adding pecans to it for an extra special treat."

peg_rae User ID: 4000957 48267
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"Yummy! Big hit"

dlaine_eeb User ID: 2200147 202909
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"I found this recipe several years ago. It has become a family favorite. I make a batch for Christmas also and send it off to family ."

grampaguy User ID: 1996225 19298
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"Made this at Xmas to put in gift boxes..added a coupe of handfuls of peanuts...wonderful!"

kor10e User ID: 4116599 31769
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"This recipe is amazing!!! It's a lot of work, but well worth it. The popcorn just melts in your mouth!"

NevadaRose User ID: 4283670 31366
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"This is VERY GOOD! Takes a bit of time to make, but is sure worth it!"

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