World’s Best Caramel Popcorn

So, have you been on the lookout for an incredibly good caramel popcorn recipe? These ones are gonna knock you over…

No…really. These are that good. And if they were that good and a pain to make—it still wouldn’t be worth the trouble. But the good news is that they are chewy and soft and have the best flavor I’ve ever tasted–for a popcorn ball–and they are fast and EASY. I’m serious.  I promise I wouldn’t make them otherwise. Are you ready?

Caramel Popcorn Balls

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 cups corn syrup

1 cup butter

2 tsp. salt

Large bowl of popcorn (about 6-8 quarts)

Heat brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt to simmering. Boil rapidly for 2 minutes.

Pour over popcorn and stir until all the popcorn is covered.

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Allow to rest until cool enough to handle.

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Cover hands with sandwich bags and form into balls. Cool completely. Wrap individually in plastic bags.

I always plan to give these away at the door to trick or treaters that I know–but it never happens. We usually don’t have any left! So I say…just eat them…

What are YOU passing out for Halloween treats tomorrow?

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World's Best Popcorn Balls
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups corn syrup
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • Large bowl of popcorn (about 6-8 quarts)
Instructions
  1. Heat brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt to simmering.
  2. Boil rapidly for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour over popcorn and stir until all the popcorn is covered.
  4. Allow to rest until cool enough to handle.
  5. Cover hands with sandwich bags and form into balls.
  6. Cool completely.
  7. Wrap individually in plastic bags.

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14 thoughts on “World’s Best Caramel Popcorn

  1. Launi – these look GREAT! And perfect timing too. We’re making some sweets ON Halloween and I knew I wanted to make caramel popcorn balls with the girls, but I haven’t looked for a recipe yet. Now I don’t have to!

  2. I was having a bah humbug attitude about Halloween and didn’t even buy candy until just this morning. I usually buy it 2-3 weeks ahead and hide it in my closet and nibble on it a little at a time. 🙂 I wanted to go to a movie and dinner and just skip the trick-or-treaters but I couldn’t get any takers in the family so I headed off to the store. K-Mart is having a sweet deal. 3/5.00 on their fun size chocolate bars. So I loaded up!! Happy Halloween.

  3. We’re pretty big on Halloween over here…the lights and decorations and sadly…the Cookies and CANDY. I’m off to make Molasses Crinkles this very minute. Tisk, tisk…will I ever be thin? :]

  4. I thought I’d post MY favorite popcorn recipe. It uses honey instead of corn syrup and mmmmmmm, is it tasty!

    Honey Corn:

    1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
    1/2 c. honey
    1 c. sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla

    Boil all ingredients except vanilla. Add vanilla. Pour over popcorn. (Note: Boil just long enough for the honey to melt, but not too long that it crystallizes and hardens.)

    Very tasty – and a (slightly) healthier snack! 🙂

  5. Do you use salted or unsalted butter? And what kind of popcorn do you use? Kettle corn, , microwave, those huge bags you see at the store?

  6. I use the bags from the store because it’s already salted and the “old maids” are easy to sift out. Plus it tastes buttery without being greasy. Unsalted butter would be fine. :}

  7. I just made these and they were super easy and so delicious! I have been so afraid to make popcorn balls before as I had a fear they would turn out hard as a rock and be so complicated to make. Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. @Abby Hanson,

    Hello! I am so glad to have found your site with this wonderful popcorn ball recipe. I had been searching for one all day today and I finally found one that looks yummy!! I am making them now with my kiddos! Looks AWESOME! I hope they taste as good as everyone is saying!

    Thanks so much!

    Denise

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