Caramel Popcorn

This is 'movie date night in' popcorn. It's 'husband on campout, chick flick watching' popcorn. It's 'gather round the table with friends to chat' popcorn. It's 'lick your fingers and nobody will mind' popcorn. It's good for many occasions. Just not for times you might need to use your hands for anything, because 1) they will be busy shoveling delicious popcorn into your mouth, and 2) they will end up covered in gooey, delicious, sticky caramel.

As you can see, this is a large batch calling for two bags of popcorn. If you're not planning on eating that much, it's a great idea to still make the full batch of caramel, then store half in a jar in your pantry. The next time you're craving caramel popcorn (or you want caramel sauce for ice-cream, brownies, french toast...) you can pull it out and heat it up.

Caramel Popcorn

1 cup brown sugar
½ cup corn syrup
½ cup butter
⅔ cup sweetened condensed milk
½ tsp vanilla
2 bags popcorn, popped

Melt first 3 ingredients in saucepan over medium. Add sweetened condensed milk, bring to boil, boil till soft ball stage (drip a little caramel into ice cold water and if it forms into a ball it's ready), about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Pour over popcorn, and devour.

Another recipe from the Harding family.


  1. Looks awesome, Angie - and I don't know which is more impressive - your cooking skills or your photography skills!

    Check out the "1 Cup Caramel" on my blog. Its totally easy, and its what we use for caramel corn. :)

  2. Angie, quick question for ya. So we want to make this tonight but are unsure of the butter you are calling for. Is it one stick or one cube? You wrote cube but for some reason I recall this recipe having more than a cube of butter (a cube being 1/4 of a stick). I made it a couple times from the PICA book but I'm just not quite sure. Let me know when you get a chance! Thanks!

  3. OMG I totally thought a cube of butter and a stick of butter were the same thing! My whole life I've always referred to a stick as a cube of butter. Wow. Oops. It is a stick. Half a cup.