Vanilla Caramel Corn Recipe
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Vanilla Caramel Corn Recipe

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This recipe gives a sweet and tasty twist to microwave popcorn. When I first tried it at a party, I couldn't stop eating it!—Janel Andrews, Jerome, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:28 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 3 packages (3.3 ounces each) butter-flavored microwave popcorn
  • 1-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 159 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 132 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Pop popcorn according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer to two very large bowls; discard any unpopped kernels.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Carefully stir in milk and butter; return to a boil.
  3. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over popcorn and toss to coat. Spread in a single layer on greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans.
  4. Bake at 250° for 40 minutes, stirring once. Remove from pans and place on waxed paper to cool. Break into clusters. Store in airtight containers. Yield: 7 quarts.
Originally published as Vanilla Caramel Corn in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p21

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Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"I LOVE this easy recipe and make it every Halloween! Sometimes I stir in candy corn at the end of baking for a different treat."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"Super yummy and so easy to make. I usually have all of the ingredients in the pantry. I made it for work and not a single piece was left."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

"This turned out amazing! My whole family loved it!"

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