My Year By Design

The journey to living by design.

The Most Amazing Caramel Corn


This caramel corn is so crunchy and perfectly sweet. Warning: it will wreck your waistline if you eat it too often. I limit myself to making it no more than twice a year.

Reasons it is acceptable to make this caramel corn:

  1. I need a charity bake sale item that will raise lots of money,
  2. I need to impress at a pot luck,
  3. I’m making it as a gift for someone,
  4. I really, really, really want it,
  5. The world is ending and I have one hour of power remaining to cook food.


1 cup unpopped popcorn (about 2 of the 85g microwave bags)

1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda




I am using a disposable tinfoil roasting pan. You can use your regular roasting pan but get ready to scrub it later on as this caramel is like glue.


Preheat the oven to 250F. Grease the pan with butter.


Pop the popcorn in an air popper or in the microwave. As you put it into the pan, sort the popcorn, removing any unpopped kernels.


Melt the butter in a pot.


Add the sugar, syrup and salt.


Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.


Remove pot from the heat and stir in vanilla and baking powder.



Pour the caramel over the popcorn and stir to combine.


Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Enjoy the smell of caramel drifting though your house. Resist the urge to grab a piece to sample as it is incredibly hot while baking.

Cool completely and break apart to serve.


Watch your fingers as everyone else digs in! Enjoy.



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