Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This was my grandmothers recipe. The popcorn makes a nice gift.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring all ingredients, except popcorn, to a boil stirring constantly.
  2. Boil five minutes without stirring.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 1/2 t. baking soda
  6. Stir well.
  7. Add to popped corn and stir until well coated.
  8. Put into shallow pans and bake at 250 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  9. Let cool completely.
  10. Break up and store in air tight container.
Most Helpful

We have been using this recipe for years, and I can't believe I never rated it! This is my top favorite recipe for caramel popcorn--so easy and tastes incredible. It's buttery, sweet, salty, crisp and just plain sinful. My only complaint is once you eat the first handful, it's difficult to stop. I could eat the entire batch by myself. :)

MarthaStewartWanabe February 07, 2011

This was the 1st time I ever made carmel corn & wanted a recipe that didn't take forever & a day. I picked the right one, plus - - the corn was awesome. Compliments to you!

Krsi Sue November 17, 2005

I read that 4 cups of popped popcorn equals a quart. So take it from there for equivalents. Hope that helps.

Lori Borrowman July 24, 2015