Overhead shot of caramel popcorn in a square white bowl, on a gray tray with popcorn in it as well.

Easy Caramel Popcorn

An addicting caramel popcorn recipe is perfect for lazy days on the couch. Bake it in the oven to get it nice and crunchy. Your house will smell like heaven!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel popcorn
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 401 kcal


  • 24 cups popcorn (popped) - 6 quarts
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Pop 6 quarts of popcorn, removing any un-popped seeds. Pour into large bowl and set aside.

  2. In a large stock pan, combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, and cook for two minutes.

  3. Add vanilla, salt and baking soda, and mix well. Stir for a couple of minutes until it starts to "grow". You will know it when you see it.

  4. Pour mixture over popcorn, and stir until popcorn is well coated.

  5. Spread on baking sheets and bake at 200 degrees for one hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

  6. Cool, and store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

  1. You need two tablespoons of oil and about 3/4 cup of popcorn kernels to make 6 quarts (needed for this recipe).
  2. The caramel topping cooks very quickly. Just make sure you stay close to the stove so it doesn't cook over. The baking soda makes the mixture start to grow - which is when you know that's it done.
  3. This caramel popcorn stays well on the counter, for up to five days, in an airtight container.
  4. You can freeze this popcorn as well, up to three months.


Nutrition Facts
Easy Caramel Popcorn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 401 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 307mg13%
Potassium 125mg4%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 46g51%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 515IU10%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.