Deluxe Caramel Corn Recipe
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Deluxe Caramel Corn Recipe

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A batch of this colorful crunchy snack mix is perfect for gift giving or serving at a holiday party.
Recommended: Holiday Popcorn
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:26 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 26 servings


  • 4 quarts plain popped popcorn
  • 5 cups miniature pretzels
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 2 cups non-chocolate candy (gumdrops, Skittles, etc.)

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 277 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 309mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Place popcorn and pretzels in a large bowl; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Cook and stir until candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in baking soda. Quickly pour over popcorn and mix thoroughly; stir in peanuts.
  2. Turn into two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Bake at 200° for 20 minutes; stir. Bake 25 minutes more. Remove from the oven; add candy and mix well. Remove from pans and place on waxed paper to cool. Break into clusters. Store in airtight containers or plastic bags. Yield: 6-1/2 quarts.
Originally published as Deluxe Caramel Corn in Country Woman Christmas 1996, p33

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Amy A. User ID: 6846160 21373
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"easy to make and sooo good.i used candy corn pieces since it was close to halloween. kids are gonna love it."

Stormy55337 User ID: 3106418 22244
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2010

"This is delicious. After the first batch, I made a few changes. There was too much snack mix to handle in two baking dishes, so I mixed and baked in a large roaster pan. I also like more caramel, so I doubled the caramel."

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