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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.

Reviews for Crunchy Caramel Corn

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Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"I made four batches of this caramel corn today. The flavor its awesome! However, after trial and error, I found with my particular microwave, I needed to double the amount of time that the popcorn was in the microwave (the last step). 4 minutes instead of 2 was perfect! (After two minutes, the caramel corn was still too soft after it cooled, 3 was better, but 4 was just right. I also experimented with the amount of the vanilla and found about 2 teaspoons instead of 1/2 was perfect for me! It really enhanced the flavor. Super easy recipe, it will be a staple in my house for years to come! Thank you so much!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2008

"This is so easy, I feel like I'm cheating. Oh if anyone is watching their cholesterol, the new Smart Balance sticks that are half butter, half Smart Balance, work just fine in this recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2008

"Does anyone know why my caramel popcorn turns sugary instead of crunchy when I put it in the over to finish it?"

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