Grandma Paul’s Caramel Corn

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Servings: 8 quarts
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

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1 cup butter
2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda





Over medium heat, combine first four ingredients and boil for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat; stir in baking soda.  Stir well.  Pour over 8 quarts popped corn.  Stir to coat well.  Bake in large roaster or pan at 200 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Spread on waxed paper to dry.

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Trying this one today!

By Deborah Milliron on December 15, 2013


I'm so thankful to have your recipes. You have taught this northern girl how to cook like a southern girl. You have given me so many happy hours in my kitchen. And, my family thanks you every time I say..."This is one of Paula's recipes" last name required, thank you smile

By Gayle Warren on July 08, 2013


I make this caramel corn EVERY Christmas....I double the caramel recipe....use about 8 or 9 quarts of popped corn and a large can of deluxe mixed nuts that I buy at Sam's Club....after baking the corn and allowing It to dry and crisp up, I melt 3 blocks at a time of Almond Bark in a large bowl and add popcorn to it in small batches to coat....dry again on waxed paper....this is to die for!

By cori on June 25, 2013


Try this same recipe with buttered flavored corn puffs in place of the popcorn. Awesome update.

By Jonica Hammond on January 11, 2013


got the same recipe from our grandma paul. it is gooood!!!! Now I'm known as grandma paul!!

By another paul on December 30, 2012


On the TV show, you showed adding nuts to the caramel corn. None shown on the above recipe. Are the nuts you added on TV raw or already cooked? Thank you for your anticipated response. Judy

By Judy Hough on February 23, 2012


I do it too but I put instead of the 1/2 cup corn syrup a 1/2 cup honey and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the other ingredients.and i bake it at 120 degrees for 1 hour.

By Anonymous on January 31, 2012


When you are boiling the mixture for 5 minutes, do you need to stir it, or just let it boil?

By alb407 on February 03, 2011


I was excited to find this recipe! I made a couple large batches and gave the caramel corn as Christmas gifts. The first time I made it, I used the recipe as directed, and it was incredible! The next time, I added a tsp. of Vanilla Extract and an additional 1/2 tsp. of sea salt. It gave it an extra pop of richness with an amazing sweet/salty combo. I love this recipe!

By MissHalo2001 on January 07, 2011


This is the exact same recipe as my momma's. What a classic! I don't have many of her recipes so I'm always thankful for Paula... her cookin' is as close to momma's as I can get. Thanks!

By KellyJean on December 23, 2010


Paula, Thank you, thank you, thank you! I had lost my recipe that I've used for years & years & was in a panic (everyone's been asking for caramel corn). This is my exact recipe! I was SO grateful when I found it yesterday! I've always used 3 bags of microwave popcorn & it's just the right amount of corn. Also, do NOT double it, unless you have a huge oven & huge roaster pan. I've found it's best to just make single batches (although I have to make multiples because it's eaten so quickly).

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By Anonymous on September 11, 2010


OMG good. Easy to make ...Everyone loves and fights over.

By Anonymous on June 02, 2010


I have made it 5 times in the last month. Great holiday gift or "take to" a party!!

By Anonymous on December 31, 2009


I had time to make this before I left for work it's so fast and easy!Everybody loved it so glad I left half at home!

By Anonymous on December 22, 2009


WOW - very good! I made in half batches, because I didn't have a big enough roaster pan. This is very easy to make. Giving as Christmas gifts, if it lasts that long. Variation: I also melted chocolate chips, and drizzled on the cooling caramel corn. Excellent also.

By Anonymous on December 20, 2009


Amazing... easy... and I probably shouldn't have made it. I can not keep my hands out of the bowl! Thank you for a great recipe!

By Kimber0216 on December 01, 2009


This is so easy to make and everyone I shared this with is crazy for more.

By kathyemberton on April 11, 2009

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