Buttery puffcorn covered in delicious caramel sauce and baked to perfection. An easy holiday snack that’s perfect for treat trays and gifting.

Caramel Puff Corn in White Bowl with Puff Corn and Kitchen Towel Surrounding

Make your holidays sweet with homemade caramel puffcorn. It’s a yummy mix of sweet and salty using butter-flavored puff popcorn and a delicious caramel sauce. This treat is easy to make and great for sharing or giving as a gift.

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Ingredients for Caramel Puff Popcorn

All you need are these simple ingredients for this delicious caramel puffcorn.

Ingredients for Caramel Puff Popcorn
  • 1 cup butter – salted.
  • 1 cup brown sugar – light brown sugar.
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup – light corn syrup.
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda – regular baking soda.
  • 2 packages puff popcorn – butter puff popcorn, we use Chester’s.

Note: we strongly suggest the butter puffcorn, not the plain. Pairing buttery, salty popcorn with the sweet caramel coating will have a better overall flavor.

Supplies & Favorite Tools for Making Caramel Corn

Get ready to whip up a delicious holiday treat with just a few kitchen essentials.

  • Saucepan – medium-sized, a 3-quart pan works great.
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper – we love the pre-cut sheets.
  • Storage container or gift packaging
Caramel Puff Corn in Gift Wrap on Wooden Surface

How to Make Caramel Puffcorn

Follow these simple steps to make caramel-covered puffcorn.

1

Preheat oven to 250°F.

Warm up the oven, and set it to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

2

Melt butter.

In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter.

Melting Butter in Sauce Pan

3

Add sugar and corn syrup. Mix and Cook.

Once the butter is fully melted, add the brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir until combined. Cook for 2 minutes on medium heat.

Adding Brown Sugar and Corn Syrup to Melted Butter in Pan

4

Remove from heat and add baking soda.

Remove the caramel mixture from the heat and add baking soda. Stir until it’s well mixed.

Adding Baking Soda to Caramel Mixture in Pan

5

Pour caramel onto puffcorn and mix.

Pour the caramel sauce over the puff popcorn and mix it until it’s well-coated.

Pouring the Caramel Over Puff Corn in Bowl

6

Spread onto A baking sheet.

Add the caramel-covered puffcorn to a baking sheet prepared with parchment (for easy cleanup). Spread out in a single layer.

Spread Popcorn Covered in Caramel on Baking Sheet

Note: we use two half baking sheets and make two batches, but you can use a large baking sheet.

7

Now It’s Time to bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 250°F, stirring often (we stir every 10 minutes). Once the caramel mixture turns golden and hardens, it’s done. You can test this by leaving a piece out to cool each time you stir it. Note: using one extra large baking sheet to bake in just one batch could take closer to 45 minutes.

Stirring Puff Corn on Baking Sheet

8

Break apart as it cools.

Remove from the oven. As the puff corn cools, break apart any pieces that are sticking together.

Breaking Apart Caramel Puff Popcorn and Letting Cool on Baking Sheet

9

Enjoy or store it for later.

Once the puffcorn has completely cooled, it’s ready to enjoy or store for later in an airtight container, like a ziplock bag or plastic container with a lid.

Gift Packaging Ideas

Caramel puffcorn is perfect for giving as gifts to family, friends, neighbors, and teachers. Here are some packaging ideas:

  • Festive holiday tins
  • Cellophane cones tied with ribbon
  • Mason jars

Also, see our cinnamon roasted almonds and white chocolate puffcorn, which are also great for gifting.

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Caramel Puff Corn in White Bowl with Puff Corn and Kitchen Towel Surrounding

Caramel Puffcorn

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Buttery puffcorn covered in delicious caramel sauce and baked to perfection. An easy holiday snack that’s perfect for treat trays and gifting.

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 c. light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 packages of buttery puff popcorn (3.5 ounces each)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter.
  3. Add brown sugar and corn syrup. Mix.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and add baking soda. Stir.
  6. Pour caramel mix over puffcorn. Stir until puffcorn is well-coated.
  7. Spread on baking sheets prepared with parchment paper (we use half sheets, 2 batches).
  8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes and stir often. (Extra large baking sheets in 1 batch could take closer to 45 minutes.) See notes on how to know when it’s done.
  9. Remove from the oven and break it apart as it cools.
  10. It’s ready to enjoy or store for later in an air-tight container.

Notes

  • Type of puffcorn: make sure to use the buttery puff popcorn for the best flavor.
  • How to know when it’s done: once the caramel mixture turns golden and hardens, it’s done. You can test this by leaving a piece out to cool each time you stir it.
  • Storage: store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • Author: Kelsey Restemayer
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 330
  • Sugar: 27.2 g
  • Sodium: 245.2 mg
  • Fat: 20.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.3 g
  • Protein: 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 40.7 mg
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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to commonly asked questions about making caramel puff popcorn.

Are there any ways to vary this caramel puffcorN?

While the recipe provides a delicious combination of butter-flavored puff popcorn and homemade caramel, feel free to get creative. Add chopped nuts, chocolate drizzles, or even a sprinkle of sea salt.

Can I use microwave popcorn instead of puff popcorn?

While microwave popcorn could be used in a pinch, the recipe is made for puff popcorn. We prefer the taste and texture of puffcorn in this particular recipe.

Caramel Puff Corn in Christmas Tin

Final Notes

Add a dash of sweetness to your holidays with our easy-to-make caramel puffcorn. It’s perfect for sharing or gifting. Just add it to a festive tin or cellophane cone with ribbon. Everyone will love this simple, tasty holiday treat!

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