This Vanilla Caramel Corn is the most addicting snack you will ever eat.  Popcorn is coated with a homemade caramel made from brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and butter.  It will disappear quickly and you’ll be making a second batch.  It’s that good!! 

I came across this wonderful recipe a few years back in a Taste of Home magazine.  When I make this caramel corn and set it out at gatherings of any kind, it disappears in minutes.  This recipe has a wonderful homemade vanilla-caramel coating, covering lightly salted popcorn…a perfect mix. 

I think this caramel corn is an excellent treat to make for Halloween or Fall, but my friends beg me to make it all year long, so ya know… I guess it’s a good anytime treat! When you make this caramel corn, be careful….the big kids in your life will scoop it up and devour it before the little kids in your life get one little morsel.

Ingredients

  • 1 box, (3 packs, 3.3 ounces each), butter flavored salted microwave popcorn (You’ll only need 2 1/2 bags of popped corn)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/3 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick real butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Caramel Corn.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Generously butter two large cookies sheets and set them aside.
  2. Pop the popcorn in a microwave according to package directions. Discard or set aside 1/2 of one of the bags of popcorn. Sift through it and remove any unpopped kernels. Divide the popped corn into two large bowls and set aside, while making the caramel.
  3. In a 2 quart pan, combine the brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring constantly. Continue stirring and cook for three minutes. Slowly add in the milk, then the butter, while stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat. Blend in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the caramel equally over the two bowls of popped corn. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix the caramel and popped corn together until all of the popped corn is coated with caramel.
  5. Spread the caramel corn equally between the two buttered cookie sheets. Bake for 20 minutes and turn the caramel corn over one time with a spatula or pan cake-turner. Bake for an additional 20 minutes and remove from oven.
  6. Immediately scrape the caramel corn from the cookie sheets onto foil. Let caramel corn cool for about two minutes. Break into small pieces and store in an airtight container.
Caramel Corn.
Caramel Corn.
Caramel Corn.
Vanilla Caramel Corn.

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Vanilla Caramel Corn

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 55
  • Yield: 15 servings 1x
  • Category: Snacks/Candy
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Vanilla Caramel Corn is the most addicting snack you will ever eat.  Popcorn is coated with a homemade caramel made from brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and butter.  It will disappear quickly and you’ll be making a second batch.  It’s that good!! 


Ingredients

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  • 1 box, (3 packs, 3.3 ounces each), butter flavored salted microwave popcorn (You’ll only need 2 1/2 bags of popped corn)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/3 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick real butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Generously butter two large cookies sheets and set them aside.
  2. Pop the popcorn in a microwave according to package directions. Discard or set aside 1/2 of one of the bags of popcorn. Sift through it and remove any unpopped kernels. Divide the popped corn into two large bowls and set aside, while making the caramel.
  3. In a 2 quart pan, combine the brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring constantly. Continue stirring and cook for three minutes. Slowly add in the milk, then the butter, while stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat. Blend in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the caramel equally over the two bowls of popped corn. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix the caramel and popped corn together until all of the popped corn is coated with caramel.
  5. Spread the caramel corn equally between the two buttered cookie sheets. Bake for 20 minutes and turn the caramel corn over one time with a spatula or pan cake-turner. Bake for an additional 20 minutes and remove from oven.
  6. Immediately scrape the caramel corn from the cookie sheets onto foil. Let caramel corn cool for about two minutes. Break into small pieces and store in an airtight container.
  7. The caramel corn will stay fresh for up to 1 week. 

Notes

  • The original recipe calls for 3 bags of popped popcorn. However, I have found there’s not enough caramel to coat that much popcorn. Therefore, I changed the amount to 2 1/2 bags and it works perfect.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 12

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