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


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


  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 13x9-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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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."

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