Rating: 4.92 stars
52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 48
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Caramel corn gets you started in creating Halloween treat bags with candies, nuts, raisins--choose your favorites!

By Karo Corn Syrup

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
4 quarts
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Treat bags or bowls

Directions

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  • Spray a large shallow roasting pan with cooking spray. Add popcorn and place in preheated 250 degrees F oven while preparing caramel.

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  • Mix brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat.

  • Boil 5 minutes WITHOUT STIRRING. Remove from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla.

  • Pour syrup mixture over warm popcorn, stirring to coat evenly.

  • Bake for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and spread on foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cool; break apart. Store in tightly covered container.

  • To serve, set out small bowls of your favorite candies, nuts or fruits and let your guests individualize their own Halloween treat.

Nutrition Facts

459 calories; protein 1.7g; carbohydrates 67.8g; fat 21g; cholesterol 30.5mg; sodium 587.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (57)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2012
This was a huge hit with the kids at my friend's house this afternoon. This solidifies my reputation as the awesome aunt that gives them candy and tasty treats. Read More
(16)
52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 48
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2012
This was a huge hit with the kids at my friend's house this afternoon. This solidifies my reputation as the awesome aunt that gives them candy and tasty treats. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2012
What a fun recipe! Me and my little guy really had a blast mixing in all the. Can't forget to mention how absolutely delicious the caramel corn is too! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2012
Surprisingly easy, and wonderfully delicious. I used the dark Karo syrup and the taste is outstanding. It's as good as the popcorn I'd pay $30 for the same amount of here in Chicago. I think I only used about 3 quarts of popcorn which left a lot of caramel on each kernel just the way I like it. I popped 1/3 cup of kernels if that helps. I used a disposable roasting pan, and just let the popcorn cool when it was ready; worked like a charm. The add ins are so much fun - it really makes it festive. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2012
This one was big hit in our house and all we made was the caramel corn. I don't think we will ever buy the "Name Brand" again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2012
Very easy and delicious. I used dark Karo and a bit more salt. The favorite add ins for this were peanuts M&Ms and candy corn Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2012
There's just one word for this popcorn - YUM! I've made this three times within a week and can't get enough of it. I'm sure the phase will pass (or should I say I hope it does) but for now I'm enjoying myself! A lot of people like to use microwave popcorn but I popped my own on the stove and measured it in a wide mouth quart jar. The first time I made it I packed the jars pretty tight and there didn't seem to be enough caramel to cover it all well. My second batch was 4 quarts loosely packed and it was better but not quite covered like I would have liked it. So on my third batch I lightly packed it and used three quarts and I thought it was perfect. During the baking process I stirred it every 15 minutes and baked as directed but it was harder than I would have liked. I only baked the 3rd batch for right around 30 minutes. Using only three quarts of popcorn allowed the caramel to coat every piece. The last batch was my favorite nicely coated and a didn't seem to be as hard as the other batches - a little easier on my teeth. I used a foil roasting pan and it worked out perfectly - clean up was a breeze so be sure to spray your foil/pan with cooking spray. Be sure when you stir it to keep the popcorn separated as best as you can and as flat as possible in your pan. It will make breaking it apart much easier. When it was done baking I kept stirring and breaking large clumps apart while it was cooling. This recipe is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2012
I thought the caramel corn was absolutely delicious! I have never made it before but I will definitely be making it again. Reese's pieces and peanuts make great stir-ins! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2012
This caramel corn was very good and so muuch easier than making my usual popcorn balls...no burnt hands either..I do like the flavor of my Pop's molasses popcorn balls a bit better tho. These were a big hit at my Halloween party. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2012
Delicious! When making this I used the candy thermometer to see what temp the syrup came to after boiling for the alloted time - and it was at a hard crack - The corn was crispy and stayed that way. Love this recipe! So easy! Read More
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