Fall brings with her warm days, cool nights, bright colors, harvest and candy. The warm sweaters come out. Weekends are for football and raking leaves. Evenings are for settling in to play games or watch a movie. And oh, the beautiful pumpkins! And at our house, The Great Pumpkin brings Homemade Caramel Corn.
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Caramel corn is a traditional fall treat. The recipe has been in my husband’s family for generations. Homemade Caramel Corn doesn’t last long at my house. It is the perfect combination of sweet and salty with a satisfying crunch. It’s hard to stop once you start in on a bag! 🙂
How to Make Homemade Caramel Corn
Homemade Caramel Corn: An Easy Autumn Treat
A salty, sweet, crunchy snack perfect for your next tailgate, movie or game night.
- Prep Time: 12-20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour in the oven
- Total Time: about 1 hour and 15 minutes
- Yield: 6 quarts
- Category: snack
6 quarts of popped popcorn
2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 stick salted butter
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1/4 cup real maple syrup (optional)
Set aside in a small cup or dish to have ready:
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Place the popped popcorn in a large baking pan. I use a 12×18 aluminum pan because it gives me enough room to mix the popcorn and caramel coating.
In a large saucepan, add the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and maple syrup if you’re using it. I think the addition of maple syrup adds a little depth to the flavor. This recipe is delicious without it, though.
Over medium-high heat, bring these ingredients to a boil whisking constantly.
Once the boil begins, set a timer for 6 minutes and boil while continuously whisking for 6 minutes.
When the 6 minutes is up, remove the caramel coating from the heat. Add the baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar and whisk it in well.
The mixture will foam a little.
Then carefully pour the caramel coating over the popcorn.
Stir it up well, using a folding motion like you would if you were folding beaten egg whites into a batter. Don’t pack it down in the pan. You want to keep the kernels loose.
Once the popcorn is well coated with caramel, place it in the oven to crisp for 1 hour. Stir it once after about 30 minutes. Then remove it from the oven and allow it to cool. Once it is cool, it’s ready to serve.
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Great for Movie Night, Your Next Tailgate, and More!
Homemade Caramel Corn is a welcome treat! My son loves getting some for snacking on while he plays video games with his college friends. It’s easy to take to a tailgate party. Put it in decorated treat bags to give to guests at your Halloween party or your child’s fall birthday party! It will liven up an office party or club meeting. Be creative!
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I hope you enjoy Homemade Caramel Corn as much as we do. Make it a fall tradition for your family!
Thank you for being here! 🙂
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