Thursday, October 6, 2011

Caramel Corn

I love caramel corn.  In my time living in the mid atlantic, I have noticed that caramel corn isn't nearly as prevalent here.  In the midwest, caramel corn/popcorn shops are everywhere.  As an Iowan, I have a special place in my heart for corn in any form, and this recipe is a real winner.  In fact, it is addictive.  I can only make it once or twice a year because I could (and would) eat the entire batch myself. 

Caramel corn

1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. salt
1 cup butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda
8 quarts popped corn

Combine sugars, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a saucepan.  Over medium heat, bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda.  Pour over corn and mix well.  Bake in large baking pans (I use my roaster) at 250 degrees for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.  Spread on waxed paper to cool. 

My cousin Kathy and her husband Mike put the caramel corn in paper grocery sacks and microwave on high for 45 seconds, shake well, and then another 45 seconds on high.  They made some for me this summer and it was fantastic AND you can avoid the whole washing  roaster ordeal.

The Cookie Mom-ster, Busy Izzie, and Cookie Brookie (me, Isabelle, and Brooke turn into superheros when power baking for the football team) also added some honey roasted peanuts and caramel flavored candy corn to the mix. 

These are headed for the football team as their treat of the week.  The jersey in the top picture belongs to none other than the offensive lineman of the week - Mr. Alec!   Go #75!

Sharing treat this week with
Tuesday Talent Show
Sweetology 101
Dittle Dattle
The Tablescaper
Foodie Friday
Chic on a Shoestring
My Romantic Home
Between Naps on the Porch
No Minamalist Here


  1. I was just telling my daughter yesterday that I wanted to make some caramel corn!! Can't wait to try it! I'd love to visit one of those popcorn shops! Sounds like fun! Thanks for the recipe! Hugs, Jina

  2. great pictures & effects! p.s. i <3 our baking names!

  3. I used to make it maaaaany moons ago! I'm sure the kids will love it:@)

  4. OMG I have to make this and soon. But I think that I too will only do it special times during the year because I feel I could eat my weight in this. I have a thousand gift ideas for this! Thanks so much for post this and for stopping my corner or the blog sphere.

  5. I have never had caramel corn before ( I know, GASP!) I must try this now!!!


  6. Your caramel corn looks delish!! I lived (and love) Chicago and we used to frequent Garrett's Popcorn shop...the best!!! Do you ever mix your caramel with cheese corn???

  7. Great twist on an original.

    - The Tablescaper

  8. ummmmmmmmmmmmmm ya yum yum....this makes me look LAZY when I buy it at the store! :)

  9. Yum! I LOVE caramel corn & this recipe sounds delish!!! I haven't tried the paper sack method, which would be easy clean-up. I'm visiting from Sweetology.