Grandma’s Caramel Corn.

Sweet and crunchy, this caramel corn is so easy to make at home! You’ll find yourself baking batch after addicting batch.

Homemade Caramel Corn by sticky, crunchy, sweet, and irresistible!

Tomorrow, March 17th, is my grandmother’s birthday.

I started my blog two weeks after Grandma passed away from Alzheimer’s. Grandma was a baker, gardener, hard worker, and had a heart full of love. She always got my sisters and I excited about being in the kitchen. Grandma had a huge sweet tooth that she (thankfully!) passed down to me.

Grandma Harlett

Grandma was known for a few things. Her laugh, her sticky pecan rolls, homemade chex mix, pecan pie, and her buttery caramel corn.

I published her sticky pecan rolls and caramel corn recipes in my cookbook and make her pecan pie each November. If you have tried any of them, you know her recipes are like finding gold!

I think about Grandma often this time of year and wanted to share her very favorite recipe with you on my blog today. This caramel corn recipe can also be found in my cookbook as Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn on page 94.

Homemade Caramel Corn - sweet and crunchy, this caramel corn is simply addicting! Melts in your mouth.

We make Grandma’s caramel corn every Christmas. It wouldn’t be a holiday without it! Sticky, salty, and sweet – it’s nearly impossible to not reach for a second (or third or fourth) handful. “I can’t stop eating it!” is usually the response that I get. ;)

Her caramel corn recipe is simply the best of the best. Like the kind of old-fashioned caramel corn you get at a carnival. But better. And made with love.

I made her caramel corn again this weekend for today’s big cookbook signing party at my parents’ house. I have a feeling our family friends will be more interested in the caramel corn than my cookbook. But that’s fine by me, Grandma deserves the spotlight anyway.

Homemade Caramel Corn by sticky, crunchy, sweet, and irresistible!

Caramel corn is so easy to make from home! There’s hardly any work involved. In fact, I guarantee you’ll be shocked at its simplicity.

Start with some air-popped popcorn. Don’t have a popcorn maker? No problem!

Do a little shortcut version: Add 3 Tablespoons of popcorn kernels to a standard lunch brown paper bag. Seal the bag tightly by folding over the top 2 times. Microwave the kernels for approximately 1 minute 45 seconds on high, or up to 2 minutes depending on your microwave. This DIY air-popped popcorn method makes 5 cups of popcorn. You’ll have to do it twice to get 10 cups, which is what our caramel corn recipe calls for.

Spread your popcorn on two large baking sheets. Then, make the caramel.

Homemade Caramel Corn - sticky, crunchy, sweet, and irresistible!

The caramel is made from a few basic ingredients. Brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, cream of tartar, and salt. It’s extra sticky, extra thick, and extra bubbly. Let it boil over the stovetop, remove from heat and add baking soda.

Why baking soda? The purpose of baking soda in the caramel is to react with the acid (the brown sugar and corn syrup), which creates tiny carbon dioxide air bubbles. Hence, the foaming you see in the photo above. Once the caramel has cooled on your popcorn, the air bubbles inside the caramel create a softer texture. The softer texture means you won’t be biting into hard caramel.

Rather, the caramel is chewy and only slightly crunchy. It will melt in your mouth.

Homemade Caramel Corn by sticky, crunchy, sweet, and irresistible!

Once the caramel is mixed up with the popcorn, simply bake it at a very low temperature to get the caramel to “set” evenly over the kernels. Then, pop ’til you can’t stop.

There’s no denying you won’t fall in love with this stuff! Hardly any prep work is involved and you’re using very simple, straight-forward ingredients. Plus, it’s a great recipe to make ahead of time and in bulk. Bring to bake sales, on road trips, serve as a simple finger food at holiday parties – everyone loves it. I doubled the recipe for the party today; I knew 10 cups wouldn’t be enough!

Want to take the caramel corn to the next level? Add 2 cups of salted peanuts to the popcorn before pouring the caramel on top. I do this with my Peanut Butter Caramel Corn. The crunchy salty peanuts mixed with the sweet caramel will blow your mind.

Homemade Caramel Corn by sticky, crunchy, sweet, and irresistible!

So here you go. From my family to yours!

PS: I’ll be sure to post a few photos of the book signing party today on instagram. If you’ve made any of my cookbook recipes, be sure to tag me and use the hashtag #sbacookbook. I don’t want to miss it!

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Grandma's Caramel Corn

Sweet and crunchy, this caramel corn is so easy to make at home. You'll find yourself baking batch after addicting batch. It's a great make-ahead recipe for a party or guests and can easily be doubled.

Yield: 10 cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


  • 10 cups (100g) air-popped popcorn*
  • 1 cup (200g) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (80g) light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


Preheat the oven to 200F degrees. Spread the popcorn out onto 2 large baking sheets. Set aside.

Combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium saucepan over a medium-high heat. Stir constantly and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the baking soda.  Pour the caramel over the popcorn and stir gently until all the kernels are coated.

Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.  Allow to cool on the pan and break apart large clusters if desired.  Cover the popcorn tightly once cooled; it will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.

*If you do not have a popcorn maker at home, you can simply add 3 tablespoons of popcorn kernels to a brown paper bag.  Seal the bag tightly by folding over the top.  Microwave the popcorn for approximately 1 minute, 45 seconds on High, or up to 2 minutes, depending on your microwave.  This method will make 5 cups, so you'll have to do it twice. Alternatively, you can use natural-style microwave popcorn that has no butter added to it.

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112 Responses to “Grandma’s Caramel Corn.”

  1. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted March 16, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I saw this in your book and also loved the pic of your grandma you included (There & Here) and what a super sweet tribute :)

    I love popcorn, caramel corn, and anything salty/sweet, crunchy like this, oh yeah. And I am a huge fan of the 2-3 tbsp in a brown lunchsack. The perfect time on my micro is 99 seconds. I do it almost nightly with a cinn/stevia + coconut oil spray :)

    Pinned! looks so good!


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:42 am

      I need to get my hands on some coconut oil spray for that very reason. Thanks for pinning Averie!


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    Liz S.posted March 16, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Such a wonderful tribute recipe to your grandmother!


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks Liz :)


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    Natasha @ The Cake Merchantposted March 16, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I love making my own caramel corn, but I had no Idea there was such a thing as PB caramel corn. I will most definitely be adding peanut butter next time! Thanks for a great family recipe.


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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted March 16, 2014 at 9:41 am

    One of my all time favorite kid snacking memories. Still love the stuff!


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    Chelsea @ Gal on a Missionposted March 16, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Such a sweet note to your beautiful Grandmother, Sally! Grandma’s recipes are always the best kind!

    I absolutely love caramel corn and I will have to give this a try!


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Definitely Chelsea! Hope you try it. Thank you :)


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    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOvenposted March 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

    What a sweet tribute to your grandmother! Your caramel corn looks unbelievably addicting and I love your tip about adding peanuts!—going to have to try that next time! :)


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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cookingposted March 16, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I love your tribute to your Grandmother, Sally. She sounds like a wonderful woman – anyone with a sweet tooth and a knack for baking is good by me! I’ve never braved caramel corn but my Husband is Homemade Popcorn King in this house…I’ll have to get him to make it for a sweet treat!


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Can I come over because homemade popcorn all the time from the Homemade Popcorn King sounds incredible! I love popcorn. Hope you guys try this caramel corn!


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    Caley Buxtonposted March 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

    What a sweet tribute to your grandma, Sally! This looks delicious, both on your website and in your cookbook ;) I have to admit that I’ve always liked the idea of caramel popcorn more than the actual food…because I’ve always found it hard as a rock! So I LOVE your recipe and the tip about baking soda :D. Yay for science! I bet this makes an awesome mix with plain buttered and salted popcorn. :) Enjoy your party!


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Knew you’d love the little baking science knowledge I threw in. My mom taught me that about the baking soda and it makes perfect sense. I’ve never tried this caramel corn with buttered popcorn but that would be so buttery delicious, I bet.


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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted March 16, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Grandmas recipes are always the best, and I love that you chose this one to share! It’s so hard losing a loved one, but when they pass down something special like a recipe you can relive all the happy memories with every bite :)


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    Fatemaposted March 16, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Can I use ready to use caramel sauce eg. Eagle brand dulce de leche sauce?


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      No, the caramel has to include the proper combination of fat, sugar, and heat so that it may solidify over the popcorn. You’ll have to use my from-scratch recipe unless you can find another one that is made for other types of caramel.


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    Violeta Araujoposted March 16, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Beatiful! I love all your reciepes! Can you make gingerbread cookies please? Thank you :)


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    Korilynnposted March 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Oh man I should not have read this! I love caramel corn. It’s super addicting. Now I’m going to have to make it ;). I love special recipes that carry meaning. I have a few of my grandmother’s recipes and every time I make them I think of her.


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Hold on tight to those treasured recipes, Korilynn!!


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    Laurenposted March 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I love the tribute to your Grandmother. I’m sure she is very proud of you, Sally. <3 I lost my grandmother, as well, but her love for meatballs, spaghetti, and every sweet on this Earth is instilled in me. There's nothing better than Grandma's cooking/baking :D

    Have a great time at your party!!


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Hold on tight to your love for her favorite foods Lauren. :) And I haven’t had spaghetti and meatballs in SO long. Now I’m craving it!


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    Lisa @ Simple Pairingsposted March 16, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Aren’t family recipes the best, Sally? I think food has a real way of keeping those memories alive. You already had me with the salty + sweet combo (I’m obsessed) but as I read through your post, I am intrigued even more! So easy and so satisfying. I think I found my next movie night snack :)


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      You have got to try this, Lisa! And I completely agree – family recipes keep all the memories alive. :)


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    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted March 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I love what a big inspiration your grandmother was to you! This caramel corn? Ummm, yeah…I wouldn’t be able to keep my hands off of it!


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    Kaylaposted March 16, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Wow, I don’t even have to try it, just looking at your pictures makes me want to whip up a couple batches :)


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks Kayla – hope you try it!


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    Roseanneposted March 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Here’s your giggle for today – I assembled all the ingredients, which I’m happy to say I had all on hand. I attempted to pop the popcorn in the microwave, but the bag started on fire. After the heart attack I had putting out the flames, I think I’ll skip the caramel corn for today . . . but this is definitely on the to-be-made-soon list! Thanks for sharing your grandmother’s recipe with all of us. :)


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Oh no!! Maybe you can find a natural style microwave popcorn? I know that Orville Redenbacher’s makes a natural style popcorn. That would be great instead of air-popped popcorn.


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    Stephanie @ Back For Secondsposted March 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I love that you included your grandma’s recipes in your book (and here). Grandma’s are extra special people, and it sounds like you had a really good one :) This caramel corn looks awesome!


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    Nikkiposted March 16, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Sally, that looks heavenly!

    One quick question; can I use a vegan sub for the butter? Like margarine?

    Thanks in advance!

    Cannot wait to try it :)


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Nikki, you cannot leave dairy butter out of this specific caramel. Sorry, maybe you can search for a vegan caramel corn recipe? This isn’t the one – best to stick to full fat, dairy butter.


      • Nikkireplied on March 23rd, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        Thank you so much for the rely back!

        I ordered your book last week and hope to have it delivered before poker night with the guys!! LOL

        Love all your recipes (they enjoy being my guiney pigs when I use them lol)

  20. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)posted March 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    your grandma sounds like a very very smart, very wonderful lady!!! This caramel corn recipe looks absolutely perfect-so caramel-y and delicious and mmmm!!!!


  21. #
    Emily @ Life on Foodposted March 16, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Caramel corn is such a special treat for me and a favorite for my dad and FIL. Next time we have a visit this will be on the books.


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Hope you all enjoy, Emily!


  22. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecakeposted March 16, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Your grandmother sounds like an amazing person. This caramel popcorn looks incredibly yummy!


  23. #
    Claudia Marcela Ramosposted March 16, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Hola Sally . Me emocionó mucho la foto de tu abuela y me doy cuenta que era una gran mujer por el amor que transmiten tus palabras cuando la recordas.
    Yo tambien perdí a la mía pero la llevo en el corazón igual que vos.
    En cuanto al Pochoclo (Así lo llamamos aqui ) me encanta hacerlo y comerlo
    mirando películas. Te mando un beso muy grande.


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Hola Claudia! Siempre mantenga su abuela en su corazón. Gracias por el comentario amable y siguiendo mi blog!


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      lo siento por mi mal español!


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    Kaitlyn @ birchtreebakingposted March 16, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    This looks delicious! My grandmother and father also make excellent homemade chex mix…unfortunately no one can make it as well as they can!


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      That’s right, Kaitlyn – no one can make my grandma’s caramel corn (and even chex mix) as good as she.


  25. #
    Majaposted March 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    It looks so yummy :)


  26. #
    Alexposted March 16, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Your grandma sounds utterly lovely; it’s little things like making a loved one’s recipe that keep them here among us.
    This recipe sounds delicious – do you know if it’d be possible to make popcorn in an oven rather than a microwave? Is that a silly question?! I am very excited, have ordered your cookbook as a birthday present for myself. I can’t wait! Grandma’s sticky pecan rolls sound yummy!


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Alex, not a silly question at all. I truly have never heard of making popcorn in an oven before. I mean, I’ve tried stovetop, microwave, and with an air-popper but never in an oven. I’m picturing burnt kernels all over. Let me know if you try those pecan rolls!


  27. #
    Amyposted March 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    A lovely tribute to your Grandma.
    I hope she would be smiling to know that my little sister is making a big bowl of this to bring to my birthday games night next week :)
    Have fun at your book signing party. My copy is already full of post-it notes of recipes to try!


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Amy. I’m so glad you guys are trying out this caramel corn! Let me know any recipes you try from the book. Love hearing about it.


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    Cate @ Chez CateyLouposted March 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    What a special post, Sally! Your grandma sounds like an amazing woman. And what a delicious recipe to have passed down. This looks soooo great – I love how much caramel there is! I know I wouldn’t be able to stop eating it!!


    • Sallyreplied on March 16th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks Cate. I like my caramel corn… heavy on the caramel!


  29. #
    Shashi @ RunninSrilankanposted March 16, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Your Grandma must be so happy and proud – this post is such a beautiful dedication to her, Sally.
    And this caramel corm looks fantastic – thanks for the baking soda tip!


    • Sallyreplied on March 17th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Yep, don’t leave out that baking soda Shashi! Thanks so much for the kind words.


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    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!posted March 16, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    What a sweet post, Sally! I am sure your Grandma is so proud of you… can’t think of a better inspiration. There’s nothing more addicting than caramel corn. Looks scrumptious!


  31. #
    The Macadameposted March 17, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Love this – popcorn is almost my favourite treat. I’ve pinned it!!
    The Macadame. xx


  32. #
    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchenposted March 17, 2014 at 4:53 am

    What a beautiful tribute to your grandma – she lives on through your beautiful recipes :) Excited to try this popcorn as a treat in the next upcoming Holiday!


    • Sallyreplied on March 17th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks Ceara! And I hope you enjoy this caramel corn. It’s a family favorite, for sure.


  33. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)posted March 17, 2014 at 5:52 am

    This is now calling my name! I love anything with grandma in the title!


  34. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblogposted March 17, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Your grandma sounds like an amazing woman. This recipe looks severely addictive. I think I would lose control after one bite. Love this! Pinned.


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    Shelby S http://bellabakes.netposted March 17, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Oh my gosh this looks amazing! My mom craves caramel corn and I’ve been trying to find the perfect recipe this is for sure on my list of things to make soon! Thanks for the recipe! I love all of your grandmothers recipes in your book, you just can’t beat good old fashioned recipes that have been used for years!
    Have a wonderful day Sally! :)


    • Sallyreplied on March 17th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks so much Shelby and I’m glad you’re loving her recipes that are in my cookbook. I appreciate that so much! I’m sure she does too. :)


  36. #
    Lindsay@Life, Love and Sugarposted March 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

    What an awesome way to honor your grandmother through her recipes on your blog! This caramel corn looks and sounds awesome! I love that baking soda trick.


  37. #
    kloesunny @ Kloe's Kitchenposted March 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Yum! I love caramel corn and the part you wrote on your grandma. My grandma has Alzheimer’s too, it is hard.

    I saw your cookbook at our book store and was so excited for you! Congratulations! What an accomplishment.

    Happy baking!
    ~Kloe ♥


    • Sallyreplied on March 17th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Yes, it’s incredibly tough Kloe. Sending lots of prayers and well wishes your way.


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    Biancaposted March 17, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I’m lucky enough (or young enough) not to have experienced the death of a loved one. Your thoughts have reminded me to treasure my moments with my family and friends, however annoying and frustrating it can be to deal with them at times. On a lighter note, this caramel corn looks awesome! :) Would it be possible to reduce the sugar to 2/3 cup for my sister’s not-very-sweet tooth, and substitute the corn syrup with honey or maple syrup? Thank you for sharing your personal thoughts and a beloved recipe with us!


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    My Linhposted March 17, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Oh gosh.. this looks dangerous. Very dangerous. It’s a “once you pop, you can’t stop”-kind-of-recipe.. I have a house-warming this weekend, so I think I’ll be making these for the guests and maybe with a twist. (sharing is caring, right?^^) Thank you for sharing this heartwarming recipe.


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    Rochelle Cposted March 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Love this stuff…my same recipe we used in our family…except we add 1 tsp of Vanilla when adding the baking soda in. :-)


  41. #
    Patty Valeroposted March 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Sally, i’m from Venezuela and your big fan, I love your ideas and recipes! thanks for sharing all that you know. I can’t wait to have your book in My hands! I have learned a lot from your blog.. Kisses! XOXO


    • Sallyreplied on March 17th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks so much Patty! happy you’re enjoying my blog and that you’re looking forward to my cookbook!


  42. #
    Annposted March 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Tried and true recipes from one’s family are the best! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    Can you post the home-made Chex mix recipe, please?


    • Sallyreplied on March 17th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      I will see if I can find it at my mom’s house!


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    Style Bits & Bobs of M.E.posted March 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    This popcorn looks delicious! I love homemade caramel popcorn! Thanks for sharing your grandmother’s recipe. I know she is smiling down on you :) Your blog is amazing!


    • Sallyreplied on March 17th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you so much :)


  44. #
    Jen and Emily @ Layers of Happinessposted March 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I love love love family recipes! Always so much love behind each one… I’m sure your grandmother would be so proud of how far you have come :)


  45. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted March 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I love caramel corn, this looks so addictive!


  46. #
    MDposted March 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Looks fantastic! Better than Fisher’s?


  47. #
    Ashley | Our Full Tableposted March 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Can’t wait to make this! I love caramel corn!


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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Bakingposted March 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Sally, you’re the sweetest granddaughter to publish one of your grandma’s best recipes in your cookbook and on her birthday. She’s smiling down on you right now! And your mom’s cookbook party looked like so much fun. All of those cookies — I would’ve given anything to have a sample straight from your kitchen! :) Any caramel corn that won’t break my teeth is automatically amazing in my book. Great little tip about the baking soda (and you knew that me, the ex-chemist, would love that little acid-base tidibit!)!


    • Sallyreplied on March 18th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Amy, wish you could’ve been there on Sunday. It was a blast! Thanks so much for the kind words. I know she would be so happy that so many readers know about her!


      • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Bakingreplied on March 18th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

        You’re welcome Sally!! If only plane tickets were cheaper… :)

  49. #
    Nicoleposted March 18, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I am SO making this recipe. I love caramel corn.

    On another note, my daughter and I made your M&M cookies the other weekend, and they were fantastic! My husband, who doesn’t like M&M cookies at all, said they were amazing. Super high praise coming from him! So glad I found your site. I’ve also made your confetti cake mix cookies and those were bought up super fast at my company’s holiday bake sale. THANK YOU for making me look good :)

    After I make this recipe, I am on to chocolate chip cookies, since I have been on the hunt for the perfect one. No doubt that the perfect one will be yours.


    • Sallyreplied on March 18th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks Nicole – I appreciate all the kind words about my recipes! I love the M&M cookies – and this caramel corn too! Hope you try this recipe. And the chocolate chunk cookies. Yes, an absolute favorite. Very popular recipe on my blog! Enjoy.


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    Rubyposted March 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Hi Sally! I can’t believe the timing with your posting of this recipe. I was buying expensive bags of gourmet caramel popcorn for a sweet snack and I thought, I should just make my own, it’s got to be a lot cheaper! I’ve been looking for a good recipe for a couple weeks and what do you know, you just posted one! I just tried this out today and it’s delicious! Even better than the expensive bags I was buying! This is going to be in my regular rotation. I love you and your site and I can’t wait to get your cookbook! I am making your Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies next and I can’t wait! Thank you for satisfying my sweet tooth!


    • Sallyreplied on March 18th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks Ruby – and I’m so glad you already tried this recipe! Truly a favorite and I’m happy you love it so much. Those salted caramel dark chocolate cookies are incredible. Hope you love them just as much!


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    Caroleposted March 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Whoa… this looks SOOO good!!! a MUST try :)


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    Cindy H.posted March 19, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Sally, I got your cookbook a few days ago and I sat down that night and read the entire book. This caramel corn was already on my “have to make that” list. Now that I saw this post it bumped the caramel corn up to my “have to make this NOW” list. I didn’t have corn syrup so I had to wait until I went to the store. I’m preheating the oven right now and can hardly wait to try the finished product!

    I bought your cookbook because I have made several of the recipes from your blog, and we have enjoyed everything! Even my dog, Jetta, and her friends are waiting for another batch of the dog treats!


    • Sallyreplied on March 19th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Cindy, I’m so happy Jetta and her friends love the treats! That’s one of my favorite recipes – only because I know how much pups LOVE them! Thanks for buying my cookbook. Means so much to me. I can’t wait for you to try this caramel corn!


      • Cindy H.replied on March 19th, 2014 at 10:05 pm

        Oh my goodness, the caramel corn is delicious! If you taste test it during one of the stirring steps while baking (I might have tried that), it will stick to your teeth. It doesn’t once the baking is completed though. YUM!

  53. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver}posted March 19, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    What a gem of a woman and what a sweet tribute, Sally!


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    Christineposted March 21, 2014 at 9:31 am

    My Nana loved to cook and bake too. I love that you have turned a passion your grandmother instilled in you into a full time career. That must be the ultimate in happiness. :-)

    This is such a terrific idea for mailing to loved ones as a treat…I have twin brothers who have a birthday next month and I think this would be fun to include in their birthday boxes. Thank you for sharing this recipe with all of us. :-)


    • Sallyreplied on March 21st, 2014 at 10:27 am

      The best little treat to send, Christine. It packages so easily. Just put into a fun party bag – or even a large ziplock bag. Then box up and ship. It lasts for a couple weeks, too.


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    Joanneposted March 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Heya :) I was just wondering why we’d need to put the popcorn into the oven to bake, rather than coating the popcorn with the caramel and eating it immediately.

    Also, what does the cream of tartar do?



    • Sallyreplied on March 22nd, 2014 at 7:18 am

      As explained, it allows the caramel to melt down (it will harden quickly when removed from heat as you stir into the popcorn) and properly coat more and set on top of the popcorn.


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    Terriposted March 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    This is the greatest Caramel Corn recipe ever! I made it not once, but TWICE this weekend! Thanks for another great recipe Sally :)


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    Laura Dembowskiposted March 28, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I love caramel corn and this recipe sounds and looks great. I miss my granny all the time. She was also a great cook, but almost none of her recipes were written down or saved so I just have to be inspired by her.


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    Rebecaposted March 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Can you make this recepie without the corn syrup and cream of tartar?


    • Sallyreplied on March 29th, 2014 at 7:42 am



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    Carolina Marinhoposted May 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Hey, Sally! Can I use honey instead of corn syrup?


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    Cindy H.posted May 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    You are right about this being addicting. I have made the caramel corn 3 or 4 times and it seems to taste better each time. We enjoyed a batch over the weekend. I’ll be making a huge batch today for my husband to take to work for an all day meeting tomorrow. It costs 5 Weight Watchers points for a serving (11 for 2 servings–LOL), but it is so worth it!! Thanks again for a great recipe.


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    Amyposted August 21, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Sally,

    Can you use stove popped corn for this recipe?? What are the advantages of using the air-popper?
    Thinking of making it as wedding favours but don’t have an air-popper!

    Thank you!


    • Sallyreplied on August 22nd, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Air popper seems to be a little quicker and can make a larger batch. Stove popped works too!


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    Skye Mansourposted September 15, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    OMG Sally this recipe is absolutely scrumptious!I have just made a double batch for my Son’s first birthday party this weekend and I can not stop eating it! You American’s have without doubt the best recipes for cakes and sweets. I am loving all of them but my jeans are feeling much tighter this last month since I have found your website! I am obsessed! I am now about to make the rice krispie recipe – they sound delicious also so fingers crossed they work out fabulously well. Tom’s first birthday is really all about Sally’s Baking Addiction. I can see after this weekend you will have a whole lot more of Australian followers….

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful family recipe.
    Hats off to your Grandma!

    Skye x


    • Sallyreplied on September 15th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Skye! I truly appreciate every word. Happy birthday to your son!


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    Martha Growallposted September 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Can you use kettle corn for this recipe and use an air popper? I loved the story about your grandmother. My family was all from Lexington Ky. We passed our caramel corn through three generations but mushroom kettle corn is my favorite. Maybe you could help me with the kettle corn if there is one. Thank you so much. Marty


    • Sallyreplied on September 28th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Marty, I fear the caramel corn would be way, way too sweet if you begin with kettle corn. You may use an air popper to make the popcorn for this recipe, yes.


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    Glendaposted October 19, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Hi, you mentioned your Grandma’s “famous” sticky pecan rolls….I’m wondering if you’ve posted that recipe. I’d love to try it! And the caramel corn looks great…will be trying that soon. =)


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    Ryanposted October 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm


    Delicious recipe! We can’t wait to try the peanut butter option.

    I had trouble mixing the popcorn when I first poured the caramel over it. The caramel hardened too quickly. I thought that maybe baking it would soften it enough to mix it, but I had the same problem after baking it. Do I simply need to boil the caramel for a shorter amount of time? Or should I try baking it at a higher temp?

    Thanks again!


    • Sallyreplied on October 26th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      I would boil the caramel for a shorter time, yes. The longer is boils, the crunchier (and more hardened) your caramel will be.


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    Janiceposted October 27, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Dear Sally….this recipe was so easy and my stove top pop corn was perfect.
    Bravo to your Grandmother…she left you many happy baking memories!


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    Shelleyposted October 30, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Love the picture of your Grandma!


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    Simbalabimposted November 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I used margarine & it seemed to work out fine until I started to bake it. Burned within the first 10 minutes in the oven. Took it out, picked the burned bits out & it’s pretty tasty! I’ll try it again with butter next time.


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