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
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: 159 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g 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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anistynsattic User ID: 3196740 173011
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."

ellimaye1 User ID: 1179808 209834
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."

Epianfetti User ID: 5185872 87537
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

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

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