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Baked Caramel Popcorn

21 Days of Favorite Family Recipes | Day 21 – Baked Caramel Popcorn

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Growing up, a smile always filled my face when I went over my grandma’s house and smelled something yummy baking in the oven. One of those wonderful smells was her baked carmel corn. As Christmas neared, I had to make some. The recipe is super easy! It even works with microwaved extra butter popcorn. (I know, I tried!)

Here’s Grandma’s recipe! I typed it out exactly how she has it on her recipe card:

Baked Caramel Corn

1 cup butterScreen Shot 2013-12-20 at 8.58.04 PM 2 cups brown sugar
½ cup light or dark corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
6 quarts popped popcorn

Melt butter; stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; then turn heat down to medium. Boil 5 more minutes without stirring.

Remove from heat; stir in soda and vanilla. Pour over the popped corn. Mix well. (Use large roasting pan.)

Turn into two large shallow baking or roasting pans.

Bake 225 degrees oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Remove from oven; cool completely.

Grandpa likes dark Karo.

It’s a hit with all the kids! I might need to make another batch tomorrow!

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21 Days of Favorite Family Recipes

Day 1: Sunbonnet Cake with Vannetta Chapman
Day 2: Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Casserole with Amy Clipston
Day 3: Sugar Cookies with Lisa Bogart
Day 4: Cheesecake with Carey Bailey
Day 5: Instant Russian Tea with Marty Walden
Day 6: Cranberry Bread with Marie Dittmore
Day 7: Gluten-Free Coffee Cake with Elizabeth Byler Younts
Day 8: Hot Drink Bar by Gina Smith
Day 9: Turkey Stew with Amy Lillard
Day 10: Chicomando with Christy Fitzwater
Day 11: Grandma’s Apple Pie with Leslie Gould
Day 12: Chess Pie with Angela Correll
Day 13: Molasses Sugar Cookies with Melissa K. Norris
Day 14: Eatmore Bars with Valerie Comer
Day 15: Spiced Pecans with Lisa Bogart
Day 16: White Chicken Chili with Caitlin Wilson
Day 17: Mema’s Fudge Teri Lynne Underwood
Day 18: Chocolate Espresso Chews with Amy Lively
Day 19: Easy Coconut Pie with Amy Lillard
Day 20: Broccoli & Cranberry Salad with Leslie Gould

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Tricia Goyer (77 Posts)

Tricia is the author of more than 30 books and has published more than 500 articles for national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won the Historical Novel of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005. Tricia's co-written novel, The Swiss Courier, was a nominee for the Christy Awards.


  1. This is almost identical to the recipe I use, except mine also includes a pinch of cream of tartar. I can’t begin to count the number of batches I have made through the years at Christmas time — for family and to share with friends, family, kids’ teachers, etc. as gifts. But for some reason, I never make it any other time of year.

  2. How yummy looking is that?! This is a recipe I must try. Thank you for sharing!

    Judy B

  3. How many cups is 6 qts?…24??

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