Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

I like to make this for football parties or for any casual get togethers. It turns out great every time! Make it ahead of time and put it in zip-lock bags to keep fresh and crunchy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Pop the popcorn and distribute it evenly between 2 large baking sheets with rims.
  3. Divide the peanuts in half and sprinkle on top of the popcorn.
  4. In a heavy saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and molasses.
  5. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and drizzle over the 2 sheets of popcorn, distributing it as evenly as possible.
  7. Bake in oven for 15 minutes, gently turning the popcorn with a large spatula every 3 minutes.
  8. As it bakes, the caramel will melt and cover the popcorn evenly.
Most Helpful

Way easy. Way good. I used air popped corn. Then I melted buter, sugar & molasses in a big soup pot, big enough to hold all the popcorn and mixed it in that. Only took 10 minutes in oven. Do not use top rack as it might burn. I did add kosher salt after it came out of the oven. Molasses is good but not needed.

Ambervim March 21, 2013

Yummy. Tastes just like Cracker Jacks! I didn't add any nuts and I made a failed attempt at adding chocolate by melting Herseys Kisses (they don't melt so well when you are TRYING to melt them!! They ended up gritty and chalky- but tasted pretty good!). I tried to mix the chocolate in but it didn't turn out so well. Oh well! It tasted good anyway. Luckily I had made this just to satisfy my sweet tooth today ;) Next time I will use the kind of chocolate that was made for melting or stick with the original recipe and add peanuts. Thanks for sharing!

kda949 February 07, 2012

YUM! This is good! I especially like that it uses molasses instead of corn syrup. Great flavor yet quick to make. I used honey roasted peanuts and 2 bags of Orville Redenbacher organic smart pop, which yielded about 16 cups popcorn. Be sure to remove the kernels before adding caramel sauce!! For our tastes, I would double the caramel sauce to completely coat the popcorn. We inhaled this! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

LonghornMama January 29, 2007