Monday, March 17, 2014

Winter Survival Recipe: Oven Caramel Corn

One day around the new year I was in search of a snack recipe. Suddenly I recalled a homemade caramel corn recipe I had made a couple of times before. That recipe quickly became my go-to snack for the rest of the winter. I can't recall how many times whipping up a batch of yummy caramel corn seemed like the perfect Sunday treat.

I'm sure you've seen it since it's a Betty Crocker recipe, but I thought I'd share it any way.

Because I still have little ones in the household who do not do popcorn hulls well (and I'm not really a fan either), I opted for a bag of Puffcorn instead.

It proved to be the perfect alternative and I dare say we enjoyed the caramel corn even more with Puffcorn.

- Heat oven to 200 degrees.

- Choose to either use an entire bag of Puffcorn or around 15 cups popped popcorn. Place it in a very large roasting pan or divide it between 2 ungreased 9 x 13 pans.

- Heat 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter or margarine, 1/4 cup corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon salt in saucepan over medium heat.

- Stir occasionally, until bubbly around edges. Continue cooking 5 minutes without stirring; remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon baking soda until foamy.

- Pour mixture over popcorn; toss until evenly coated. 

- Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. I dare you not to be tempted to snatch some with every stirring. I tried. I couldn't do it. 

-Remove from oven and spread on aluminum foil or wax paper. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. 
Store tightly covered.



  1. What a great alternative for those little chompers you have in your house! We enjoyed the "breakfast" cookies for dessert last night ;) I managed to set some aside for snack today. Have a fabulous day and happy feast of St. Patrick!

  2. Thank you for the recipe, but I am wondering how hot the oven should be? Thank you!!

    1. Oh my! How could I forget the obvious?! Thanks for pointing it out, Kathleen. I will edit the post. Your oven should be at 200 degrees.

  3. How good does this look? Thanks so much for sharing...
    We are all fans of the "Puffy" Popcorn here!
    You always have the best ideas, my friend! : )

  4. Oh yum! I've never thought of using the puff corn but I'm sure it's great!
    I'm so attached to my whirley pop that I always forget to branch out ;)


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