Homemade Caramel Corn Snack Mix

Caramel corn is a special treat my family really loves!  Any given evening, when we have time to watch a little bit of TV or a movie as a family, we pop popcorn (and top with butter), or make caramel corn.

I love caramel corn, and I love it even more with “stuff” in it!  Cereal (my favorite is corn chex), pretzels, nuts or M&M’s make delicious additions to an already delightful treat!

Some fun packaging makes a bag of caramel corn a great little gift or favor.  I made this batch for the teachers at my girls’ school.  I’m planning to make it again (and package it the same) for a school field trip to the pumpkin farm later this week.

The orange snack cups (shown) were in the $1.00 section at Target, and I drew faces on them with permanent marker.

The one downside of this homemade caramel corn is that does take a bit of planning.  It takes about 45 minutes, or so, from start to finish, before you get to eat it.  But the finished sweet and crunchy caramel corn will last 3-4 days (in a sealed container), so you can make it ahead of time.

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Homemade Caramel Corn

Yield: About 15 or more cups

Add cereal, pretzels, or nuts of your choice to create a delicious mix!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

12 cups popped corn
3-5 cups cereal, pretzels, or nuts of your choice

Directions:

Pop popcorn, and place in a large roasting pan. Mix in any desired additions (cereal, pretzels, nuts, etc).

In a medium saucepan, add butter, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup.

Cook over medium-high heat (not high), stiring occasionally until the mixture begins to boil.

Boil 5 minutes, or until the mixture is a deep amber color, stiring occasionally. Set a timer, and do not leave the kitchen. The mixture can burn quickly. Keep the stove temperature just high enough to keep the mixture boiling, and no more (this may be medium, or medium-high). If you prefer to use a thermometer, the mixture should be about 234*F, or soft ball stage.

After boiling 5 minutes, remove pan from heat. Add vanilla and stir (the mixture will hiss). Add baking soda, and stir well (the mixture will foam and expand).

Pour caramel over popped corn (or any other ingredients you choose), and stir to coat.

Bake caramel corn in a pre-heated 250*F oven for about 25-30 minutes. Every 10 minutes, remove from oven, stir well and return to oven.

Spread the baked caramel corn onto a couple of cool baking sheets, or a waxed paper lined counter, to cool. Cool about 5 minutes. Eat immediately, or store in a sealed container 3-4 days.

Notes- If you want to include M&M's, candy corn, or other candies, add them after the caramel corn has baked, and cooled.

Recipe Source- Recipe as listed by Glorious Treats.
Original concept of caramel corn dates back to the 1890's, according to Wikipedia.

 Happy snacking!

24 comments

  1. Just pinned:)! Love how you drew faces on the snack cups! So cute and festive:))!

  2. I made caramel popcorn several weeks ago and it was so addictive, adding pretzels would make it taste even better. It only has one problem I can only make it when we have company because I’d in danger of eating it all myself, as you are right it is soo incredibly good.

  3. Yummy! It must be so delicious but I think it is dangerous for my diet :) Really nice post!

  4. that sounds wonderful and it looks so cute!

  5. This looks so yummy and the packaging is perfect!

  6. Love that packaging…adorable!! The Target dollar bins are such a treasure :)

  7. I’m with you Glory. Love you caramel corn mix and the packaging is adorable!

  8. how fun for little favors.. and i love what you did with the cups!

  9. Hecho en casa toda una delicia, y con una bonita presentacion. Besicos

  10. I want to come over and hang out! Caramel Corn is one of my favorite snacks! This looks GOOD and the pumpkin buckets are perfect for serving:)

  11. This snack looks so cute in the pumpkin containers; what a cute idea!

  12. Great idea and they look so yummy! Perfect for Halloween parties.

  13. Super cute! i’ve made carmel corn before and it is worth the work. YUM! Love you!
    ~Cecilia

  14. Totally adorable!

  15. Who wouldn’t enjoy eating these adorable treats! I know I would. Cute and inviting.

  16. Hello. I was wondering where i can find your royal icing recipe, every time i click the link, it brings me back here. Thanks

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  18. Yum yum yum! Love this and love your cute little pumpkin buckets!

  19. So cute! The perfect Halloween party treat. Well done! : )

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  22. This may be a silly question, but when you bake the popcorn – do you spread it out in a single layer on cookie sheets or can you use a large roaster pan and stir it from time to time? I’ve tried making caramel corn before, but it always turns out sticky and clumps together – I’m still searching for light and crispy!

  23. this snack so fun! i love it

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