Old Fashioned Molasses "caramel" Corn

Recipe by Weewah
READY IN: 1hr 15mins




  • Pre-heat oven to 250 deg.
  • Place butter in a medium pot, on medium heat.
  • While the butter's melting, pop the corn and put it in a large roasting pan. I used a disposable aluminum pan and a hot air popper (you won't need to butter the pan).
  • Keep an eye on the butter and add the sugar, molasses, and salt to it as soon as its melted.
  • Bring the candy to a boil and stir and cook it only till the sugar melts and the butter blends in entirely - just a couple minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and stir the vanilla and peanuts into the candy.
  • Quickly add the baking soda and stir untill it's well mixed. It foams to make a lighter, more delicate candy.
  • Pour the candy over the popcorn and toss untill it's evenly coated.
  • Put the popcorn in the oven for 1 hour, tossing every 15 or 20 minutes.
  • Let it cool completely before breaking up and putting into an airtight container.
  • I developed this recipe by hacking others because I couldn't find another to suit me. I made this for Christmas treats and it was INHALED, you'll find it tastes like Cracker Jack; that candy is made with molasses, not corn syrup, I got a box yersterday to compare.
  • You can easily double this, but double the baking time too.