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Crunchy Caramel Corn Recipe

Kids at our New Year's Eve parties gobble up this sweet and crunchy popcorn. —Shelly Gromer, Long Beach, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:8 servings


  • 6 cups popped popcorn
  • 3/4 cup salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  • 1. Place popcorn and peanuts in a large microwave-safe bowl; set aside. In another microwave-safe bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Cover and microwave on high for 30-60 seconds; stir. Microwave 1-1/2 minutes longer.
  • 2. Stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour over popcorn mixture. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes, stirring several times. Spread on greased baking sheets to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2 quarts.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 237 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 314 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.