Caramel Corn

I absolutely love popcorn. It’s such a great little snack. Caramel corn is even better. And I love every excuse I can come up with to use my candy thermometer (now that I have one).

I made this caramel corn for a football party over at a friend’s house. I popped the popcorn at home and then made it into caramel corn once we got there. It smelled amazing while it was baking and I’m not the only one who burnt my tongue because I was too impatient to wait for it to cool down after it came out of the oven.

I went ahead and threw in the optional peanuts. I liked the additional saltiness and crunch that they provided. When I make this again, I’ll probably even throw a bit more in.

This caramel corn would also make a great homemade gift since it keeps very well. How excited would you be if you got some homemade caramel corn for the holidays?

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Caramel Corn

Yield: 8-12


15 cups popped corn (9 tablespoons kernels, popped)
2 Tbsp molasses
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup salted butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda


Preheat your oven to 200°F and line a half-sheet pan (18" x 13" pan) with parchment paper. Pour the popped corn into a large bowl, at least 6 quarts, and set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat bring the molasses, brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil. Boil, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the baking soda. Stir well as the mixture turns foamy.

Immediately (and carefully) pour the hot syrup over the popped corn and stir until the corn is well coated.

Spread the hot caramel corn into the parchment-lined pan. Bake at 200°F for one hour. Stir the corn every 15 minutes during this time.

Remove from the oven. This caramel corn is a warm, sticky, sweet and crunchy treat straight from the oven. It can also be cooled and stored airtight for several days. This recipe doubles and triples very well.

Recipe from King Arthur Flour

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12 Responses to “Spiced Caramel Apple Pie”

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    amanda @ fake ginger — October 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I think I use my apple corer once a month but the time it saves me is so worth storing it!

    The pie looks beyond delicious. I haven’t been feeling apple desserts this year but this is one I could get into.

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    Sarah — October 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I am making Thanksgiving dinner for the first time this year and I think this pie is definitely going to make it to my table!

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    Jen — October 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    This pie would def be great for Thanksgiving dinner Sarah!

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    Cara! — October 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    This pie looks incredible! My husband loves apple pie and I am planning on making this for him!

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    Boston Food Diary — October 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Um seriously-this looks ridiculous! I always think that my moms apple pie is the best but…

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    Megan — October 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of apple pie (I make it for a certain someone I live with), but an apple pie with a crisp-like topping and spiced filling is one I could definitely get behind.

    And I seriously want one of theose peeler/corer/slicer things. Every year I go to Freeport and inevitably someone in LL Bean is demo-ing one.

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    Alisa — October 16, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Now that’s a delicious apple pie!I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here.if you won’t mind I’d love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget at the end of this post and it’s all set, Thanks!

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    newlywed — October 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Looks delcious! I love my apple peeler/corer/slicer machine. I use it for crisps, apple cakes, applesauce, etc. My husband packs my lunch too…it is nice to be spoiled!

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    becksterslaboratory — October 17, 2010 at 12:35 am

    We LOVE apple desserts in our house…I’ve bookmarked this delicious looking pie and will try it soon! : )

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    tobiascooks! — October 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Beautiful treat. Look so yummy.

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    nutmegnanny — October 21, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Ok it’s been decided….I’m making this for Thanksgiving! Amazing!!!

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    Eliana — October 21, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    What an awesome twist on apple pie! It looks stellar Jen. Bravo!

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