Easy Oven Caramel

Easy Oven Caramel Corn

Yield: 5 quarts


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 1 hour

  • 5 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed firmly
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Optional nuts - choose one:

  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking pan (17x 12-inch) with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Spray a large mixing bowl (not plastic) lightly with cooking spray and place popcorn inside.
  3. Spread optional nuts over popcorn, if desired.
  4. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt.
  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  6. Lower heat and boil 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  7. Quickly stir in vanilla and baking soda.
  8. Quickly pour hot mixture over popcorn; stir well to coat.
  9. Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  10. Cool completely in pan; store in an airtight container.

Clean-up tip: Soak saucepan before cleaning.