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Caramel Corn with Nuts Recipe

Caramel Corn with Nuts Recipe

This homemade caramel corn far surpasses the store-bought variety. Adding nuts makes it extra special. I like to double the recipe for gifting. —Karen Edwards, Sanford, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:13 servings


  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts


  • 1. Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside.
  • 2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine 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 heat; stir in baking soda (mixture will foam). Quickly pour over popcorn and mix well; stir in nuts.
  • 3. Transfer to two greased 13x9-in. baking pans. Bake at 200° 45 minutes, stirring once. Remove from pans and place on waxed paper to cool. Break into clusters. Store in airtight containers. Yield: 2-1/2 quarts.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 224 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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grandmakitty3 User ID: 8009089 156304
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"This is the best ever. I use to make a big batch of this for the kids in the family and they would hide from there moms and dads. This is in my Land o Lakes cookbook 1992 pg 492

Now as a grandmother I hand it out to the grandchildren. Yes they hide it too.
Great as a Christmas gift for teachers. Injoy ! Grandmakitty3"

Firefly 3044 User ID: 7016113 98113
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"Yum-o! Addictive.."

miriamgordon07 User ID: 4643318 75379
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011


Loufrommaine User ID: 6222180 98111
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"I have made this for the last two Christmases for gifts, but I have to make extra because we eat so much of it before it is packaged. I am thinking I might make it for Halloween also."

imabyrd216 User ID: 3610714 132950
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"YUM!! This recipe is simple to make and tastes just like Fisher's popcorn we get at the beach in Ocean City, MD. Makes great Christmas gifts."

pearlrvr User ID: 1256058 75368
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"I started making this last year and will make this every Christmas. This is easy and delicious. My only issue is that the caramel doesn't stick really well to the nuts, so most of them end up settling in the bottom of the container. I like it without nuts too, so I may just leave them out completely from now on."

Kerry Amundson User ID: 2054089 99727
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"I have been making this recipe for years. BUT quite a few years ago I stopped cooking the caramel mixture on the stove top. I just put the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup (I use light corn syrup) in a microwavable container and nuke for 2 minutes, stir and then nuke for 2 more minutes. I don't use salt either. This way is so easy and you don't have to stand over the stove and stir.

I add in toasted pecans but any toasted nut is good."

scrubbies User ID: 1228413 156299
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"This is too good to believe. It is excellent and easy to make. My family and friends loved it. Will make it all the time."

Colies_Kitchen User ID: 1800337 153800
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"What a wonderful recipe!! I made this last night and it's all gone today. It's easy and yummy. Better than what you can get in the stores!! The only thing I would add it to stir it a few times while it's baking !! Thanks!!"

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