This recipe for Caramel Popcorn comes from my brother-in-law, Ken Smith. Ken has been making this Caramel Popcorn at Christmas for over 20 years. It’s a huge hit  and something my husband and I look forward to receiving every Christmas!

Ingredients for Caramel Popcorn

1 cup +/- uncooked popcorn

2 cups (500 ml) brown sugar
1 cup (250 ml) butter
1/2 cup (125 ml) corn syrup

1 tsp (5 ml) salt
1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda

Preparing Caramel Popcorn

  1. Pop the popcorn and set aside.
  2. In a big pot (bigger than you think you’ll need) combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup.
  3. Bring mixture to a light boil and allow to boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Once boiled, remove from heat and stir in salt and baking soda. (Now you’ll understand why you need a big pot! The baking soda significantly increases the volume of the mixture!!)
  5. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  6. In a large roaster, combine the cooked popcorn and the liquid caramel mixture, and spread out over the roaster evenly.
  7. Bake caramel covered popcorn for 1 hour.
  8. Remove from oven and pour mixture onto parchment paper on your counter or on parchment paper covered cookie sheets.
  9. Cool caramel covered popcorn and, once cool, break into pieces.