5 from 2 votes
Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn is sweet, crunchy, and totally addictive. When stored in an airtight container, caramel corn will keep for several weeks.
Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
What better way to ring in the new year than with this delicious Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn. It's sweet, crunchy, and totally addictive. When stored in an airtight container, the caramel corn will keep for several weeks, if it lasts that long!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 198 kcal
  • 8 cups fresh popped popcorn about 1/2 cup unpopped corn*
  • 1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 250° F.
  2. Place popped corn into a large bowl; add peanuts to the top.
  3. Heat the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until butter is melted. Reduce heat to medium low; cook, undisturbed and uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the caramel over the peanuts and popcorn; stir to coat.
  6. Spread the mixture onto an ungreased, aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Bake for one hour, removing every 15 minutes to stir.
  7. Spread the mixture onto parchment paper to cool. It may seem sticky at first, but will dry as it cools.
  8. Store in airtight container.
  9. Yield: 9 cups.
Recipe Notes

Note: You can use Unflavored Skinny Pop rather than popping your own. Because the Skinny Pop is lightly salted, omit the salt from the caramel mixture.

Nutrition Facts
Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Potassium 118mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 3.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.