Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is a recipe that came from my grandmother. I was going through some of her recipe cards today remembering all the good times we had cooking and baking "up north" and I wanted to put it on here...just in case I lost the original handwritten copy.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup butter (NO substitutions)
  • 2 cups brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 12 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 quarts popped corn (it is best if you do it the "old-fashioned" way with oil and popcorn in a pan on the stove...microwa)
  • 2 cups nuts (your choice) (optional)


  1. melt butter.
  2. stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. bring to a boil stirring constantly.
  3. boil without stirring 5 minutes (this is crucial).
  4. remove from heat, gradually stir in baking soda and vanilla.
  5. place your popcorn and nuts in a large bowl. gradually pour the caramel mixture onto the popcorn mixing well.
  6. place popcorn on baking sheets and bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.
  7. remove from oven and let cool completely. break apart and store in air tight container.


Most Helpful

This recipe was given to me by a friend. The only difference was that it used 6 quarts popped popcorn. (Note use 2 cookie sheets) It is a really great recipe! Fantastic to give as gifts during the holidays!

socholy August 02, 2010

Recipes passed down are the GREATEST gift !! This one is a treasure !! We loved the sweet, buttery, popcorn and will make again and again !

Theresa P December 31, 2008

Hi, My 4 daughters and I would make this over 20 years ago.It is the best Caramel Corn ever.Thank you for posting it,I lost my recipe when a leaky roof took out most of our pictures and recipes. School cooker

School cooker August 27, 2008

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