Chewy Caramel-Coated Popcorn

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


about 6 quarts

Updated: Jun. 10, 2022
When I was a kid, my mom made this recipe often. I've adapted it to make it more chewy and gooey than her crunchy, nut-loaded version. I get requests to make this for every event that I host, and have never had a single leftover! —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta
Chewy Caramel-Coated Popcorn Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, cubed
  • 2-2/3 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 24 cups popped popcorn


  1. Line two 15x10x1-in. pans with parchment. In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar and syrup, stirring to dissolve brown sugar. Bring to a full rolling boil. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat and quickly stir in vanilla.
  2. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn; stir lightly to coat. Using a rubber spatula, press popcorn into prepared pans. Cool. Pull apart into pieces. Store in airtight containers.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Lyle's Golden Syrup.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 303 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.