Friday, July 20, 2012

Caramel Popcorn

This caramel popcorn recipe is simply fabulous!  It's simple, affordable, and delicious!  I've included ALL the details in how to turn your sweet and salty caramel popcorn into an adorable favor.  WARNING:  This recipe is highly addictive.  Recipe adapted from
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 quarts popped popcorn (3 bags of microwaveable popcorn)

  • Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (95 degrees C). 
  2. Place popped popcorn on a baking sheet and place in oven.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. 
  4. Take popcorn out of the oven and place in a large bowl. 
  5. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.
  6. Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces. 
I used Pop-Secret Homestyle popcorn.  Place popcorn in a 250-degree oven to keep warm.
Remember to pack the brown sugar in your measuring cup.
Add brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup into a saucepan.
Over medium heat, melt mixture to a boil.   Stir constantly.  Once the mixture begins to boil, stop stirring for 4 minutes.
REMOVE FROM HEAT and add baking soda and vanilla.

Toss with a non-stick spatula until evenly coated.
Place popcorn into two baking sheets or cookie sheets.  Bake for 45 minutes.
Let cool completely.
Break apart into pieces.
Store in ziplock bags to keep fresh.
To create party favors, you will need popcorn boxes, ribbon, food labels, a hole punch, and cellophane baggies.
I found a FREE template for these labels from The Ticket Kitchen.  I chose the soft yellow labels and added in "He POPPED the question!" I had the labels printed on cardstock at Kinko's and cut each label out by hand.
I purchased these popcorn boxes on Etsy.
Place a cellophane bag in each popcorn box to prevent the oil from the popcorn from staining the box.
Using a measuring spoon, scoop the caramel popcorn into each bag.
Tie with ribbon and add label.
He POPPED the question!  Congratulations to the newly engaged couple, Jon and Hye Jin!

Happy baking.



  1. You seriously went above and beyond yet again! These were the cutest and yummiest favors ever! Everyone absolutely LOVED them..there were so many compliments :) Love you!~

  2. I know this is from 2012, but I thought I'd take a shot at asking and potentially getting a response...
    What size cellophane bags did you use?

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    2. HI Jenn! I used 5 X 3 X 11-1/2 Crystal Clear Cello Bags from I remember the size of the bags were rather large so I cut off the excess cellophane after I had tied the ribbon. So you can even order smaller bags if you wanted to. Hope this helps!

  3. Hello! How many Popcorn Favors were made using 3 bags of popcorn?? I am sooo doing this for my Engagement Party in August! :-))

    1. Hi! I believe I made approximately 12-15 favors with 3 bags of popcorn. Hope this helps and congratulations on your engagement!

  4. These are so cute, thinking about trying this for my daughter's engagement party. Do you know what size the popcorn boxes were?

    1. Hi Nadine! The boxes were 3" x 3" x 4". I ordered mine from Oriental Trading. They have an assortment of colors and I found were the most affordable compared to other websites! Here's the link: