In The Kitchen

Caramel Crunch Popcorn

And so it begins.  Baking, eating, baking, eating…tight pants.
But who can resist all the scrumptiousness this time of year?  Not I.
First up in our house,



This is a recipe from my mom, who I believe got if from my grandma.
It’s a family favourite, and I make a couple of batches over the holiday season.
Usually the first batch lasts about 1 day.  Ack.
It’s a great gift idea too!  Just wrap it up in some cellophane and tie it with some pretty ribbon!


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  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup pecans & almonds


  1. Pop your popcorn. Then measure out about 8 cups and spread it out onto a large cookie sheet.
  2. If you wish to add nuts to your popcorn, you might want to toast them in a 350 degree oven for 2-5 minutes, watching them very carefully. Toasting them brings out amazing flavour! When the nuts are toasted, sprinkle them over the popped popcorn. Set aside.
  3. Now on to the caramel! In a saucepan melt the butter, then add the sugar and corn syrup.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  5. Continue to boil, stirring occasionally until the mixture turns caramel coloured.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  7. Then pour the caramel over the popcorn and nuts. Using a fork, gently mix, and separate into clusters.
  8. Store in a tightly closed container.


Things to Note: [br]- I like my Caramel Crunch Popcorn soft and chewy. From my experience, I have found the more the caramel coloured the mixture is, the harder the popcorn crunch is… [br]- Make sure you use really good salted butter!


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    November 29, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Reminds me of my grandmother’s recipe! LOVE it.

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    November 29, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Oh yummy! I wish I didn’t love food so much. This would be gone in a jiffy at my house too 🙂

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    November 29, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Yummm! hmmm, the nuts are my favourite part!

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    November 29, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Oh dear…this could spell trouble for my holiday pounds

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    North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard
    November 29, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Sound similar to how my Mother-in-law made it; many memories for her Grandchildren hold of such times that were spent in her Kitchen. I am sure you have stirred many good memories by posting this, Jo-Anna. Thank you. Drop by to see me sometime, “Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard”.

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    Ali Richardson
    November 29, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    YUMMY!!!!!! I want some right now 😉

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    November 29, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Yummy! My mom used to make this recipe. What memories! I think I’ll be making some now too. Thanks for the reminder!

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    November 30, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    This looks just like what my mom used to make during the holidays. Delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Come visit and check out our pumpkin fried rice and tomorrow a great dip. Be sure to visit on Friday. We are having a great giveaway from the Shabby Apple. Visit and register to win!

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