Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Caramel Corn

Warning: this recipe is NOT healthy.

But it is tasty.

My mom used to package this up for Christmas gifts... and we'd only eat a little bit each Christmas. Now, we make a double batch -- and it doesn't last that long, sadly.

To make it a little healthier - we use two bags of puffcorn with the syrup mix ... we reduce the butter just a smidgen and also the sugar a bit. The original recipe uses only 1 bag with all that caramel topping. Crazy.

Caramel Corn - Mom; adapted from Old Dutch

2 bags, puff popcorn (we use Old Dutch)
3/4 -1C butter
1 C brown sugar
2/3 C corn syrup
1 tsp. baking soda

Preheat the oven to 250.

In a saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Cook on medium heat until mixture has melted.

Once the butter has melted, add the baking soda. NOTE: this cause the mixture to foam -- just be prepared :)

Empty the bags of popcorn into a large oven-safe bowl, or 2-3 9x13 baking pans.

Pour the caramel mix over the top and stir to coat.

Bake at 250 for 45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes.

Pour onto waxed paper, allow to cool, and then break apart.


I've heard this recipe can be used on Kix, or other puff cereal... but I'm a big fan of the combo of the sweet and salty using the really unhealthy puffcorn.

This post is part of the Christmas Cookie ExchangeHomemade Holidays and Recipe Swap.


  1. What a fun holiday treat!! I've never heard of this but I bet my hubby would just love it.

  2. Oooh! This looks sinfully delicious!

  3. I have a couple of grandson's who would love this!

  4. Um, you had me at "This recipe is not healthy" :)

    I make a similar caramel popcorn recipe using just regular popcorn. I'll have to try this one too!

  5. I never thought of using the puff corn for a recipe like this, but it sounds amazing. I love salty/sweet combinations too.

  6. Forget the unhealthy part, this stuff is GOOD! And if your not eating it every evening then it's OK :) My mom used to make this and I haven't thought about it for a very long time. Wonder if I can get the puffs down here....

  7. Old Dutch! I haven't thought about that brand in such a long time. My mom used to make this too, and I think she got the recipe off the package, too. It's GOOD STUFF! Thanks for reminding me!

  8. Thank you!! I always made this witht the recipe on the back of the bag. Since moving I have not been able to find tha brand again. That should teach me to write it down. I believe this is the exact one so thank you!!

  9. I've never seen puff corn in the store. Do you think this would work with regular popcorn?

    1. It sure would. We use Old Dutch Brand, but popcorn would work nicely too.


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