Super Soft Caramel Popcorn

"Easy to make but quite addictive, this yummy treat never lasts long at my house!"
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Ready In:
6 qts




  • Combine sugar, corn syrup, margarine, and salt in medium saucepan; bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add stir in milk; cook, stirring frequently, to soft ball stage (240 degrees).
  • Remove from heat then stir in vanilla.
  • Pour slowly over popcorn, stirring until caramel is evenly distributed throughout.
  • Store caramel popcorn in covered container.
  • NOTE: You may vary the amount of popcorn used. I like a little less caramel coating and usually make this recipe with 8 quarts of popcorn.

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  1. I made this because I was feeling festive! I am trying to get in the mood of fall! I dont really love caramel popcorn because I dont like that its "hard" so I was very happy I found this recipe! Hands down the best popcorn I have ever had! Thanks for sharing deb!
  2. super yummy and soft! i've already made it twice (needed to use up the whole can of milk) and it is easy and fast to put together. i reduced the butter quite a bit too and its still delicious!! thanks for a keeper. i also like to throw in some chocolate chips and let them melt on the popcorn a little.. mmm
  3. Perfect! What a great treat to share with friends.
  4. OMG!!! This is absolutely to die for!! This is THE BEST caramel corn ever. I had to force myself to stop eating it, long enough so that I could write this rating. It is soft, sweet and very easy to make. I used the 6 qts. of popped popcorn because we like a lot of caramel coating and it was perfect. My family devoured it and gave it 2 HUGE thumbs up. I will be making this again and again. Thank you Debbie for sharing this fantastic is definitely a keeper!!
  5. YUMMMMM! This stuff is better than the store bought kind, the caramel is soft after cooking but hardens after you let it sit for a while so you have to work fast. This is great recipe, next time I plan on added in some peanuts. Thanks so much Deb!...Kitten:)


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