Caramelized Popcorn

Caramelized Popcorn

A timeless holiday favorite, this caramel-crusted popcorn makes for an easy DIY gift.


about 5 quarts popcorn


  • 5 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 2 cups Domino® Light Brown Sugar or Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 250°F. Line two large shallow baking dishes with parchment paper.

Divide popcorn and spread into baking dishes; set aside.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add brown sugar, corn syrup and salt, continuously stirring; bring to a boil. Let boil for 3 to 4 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla. While caramel is still hot, stream over popcorn. Stir caramel into popcorn with a wooden spoon to coat.

Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool completely. Break apart popcorn with your hands.