Sunday, June 17, 2012

Carmel Popcorn

The best carmel popcorn I've tasted.  Three reasons why I love it: it's soft and not too sticky, it's EASY--5 minutes to make, and it stays soft the next day--no need for a chisel to separate it.  My friend, Laura, made this popcorn over the weekend for us.  She was my bestest neighbor for a year, and then 5 years ago she moved to Atlanta.  We had a great visit that lasted less than 24 hours, but we packed in the fun while she was here . . . and good food!

This recipe makes enough carmel sauce to coat 7 bags of microwave popcorn.  Yes, 7.  And yes, we ate it all by noon the next day.  : )  It could easily be cut in half.  But why would you do that when it stays yummy for days??

Start by popping all your corn first and getting it into a big bowl.  Next, heat the corn syrup and brown sugar together in a saucepan on medium high until it comes to a boil.  Boil for 3 minutes stirring constantly.
Turn off the heat and add one can of sweetened condensed milk (we used fat free).  The picture above shows us drizzling it in.  It was way too slow, so take off the whole lid so you can combine it faster.  Add the butter and stir together until melted.  Then add salt and vanilla
Turn the heat back on and bring to a boil and stir constantly while boiling for 1 and 1/2 minutes.  Remove from heat and add to popcorn while stirring to evenly coat.
Finally, give your wonderfully funny, easy going, lovely friend Laura a big hug and thank her for sharing such an amazing recipe.  : )  Guess what my neighbors are getting for Christmas treats this year??

Carmel Corn
7 bags microwave popcorn, popped
1 cup karo syrup
2 cups brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

In a saucepan, combine karo syrup and brown sugar.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for 3 minutes.

Turn off the heat.  Pour in condensed milk and stir to combine.  Add butter and stir until melted.  Add salt and vanilla.

Turn heat back on and bring to a boil again for 1 and 1/2 minutes.  Pour over popped popcorn and stir to evenly coat.


  1. Are you using microwave popcorn for a sweet and salty sort of snack, or could I use air popped popcorn and get the same result? Thanks

  2. Hi, Shari. We have done it both ways-- microwave popcorn and popped it on our stovetop and added a little bit of butter and salt.

  3. How many cups of popcorn are in your microwave popcorn? I will be making my own popcorn and I need to know how many cups total to make. Thank you. :D

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  5. Terri, I'm not completely sure, but I'm guessing around 15 cups popped.

  6. Terri, I'm not completely sure, but I'm guessing around 15 cups popped.