Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Caramel Popcorn

This is still my favorite treats.

If you remember, this past October I made caramel popcorn and I told you that is was my favorite treat. I am pretty sure it still is because I have yet to come across something more deliciously addictive. This holiday season I wanted to give it as gifts because it is that good. I was curious to see if I could use food coloring to dye some of the caramel sauce red and green and you know what...it worked! Now this popcorn is delicious and super festive.

When you make this, make as large a batch as possible because everybody will want some. If all you have is a 9x13 pan, it will fit one bag of popcorn easily, two if you are super careful when you stir. To make the colored popcorn I did three bags of popcorn and divided them into three 9x13 pans. The original recipe is written for 4 bags, so I have adjusted below in case you want to color the popcorn.

Caramel Popcorn
recipe adapted from Sue Harmon

3 bags butters and salted popcorn, popped (remove any kernels) unpopped
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/4 + 1/8 cup light corn syrup
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
red and green food coloring

Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a medium saucepan, melt together the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, sitting frequently. Boil over low heat for five minutes. Remove from heat and add the baking soda and vanilla

Place each bag of popcorn in a 9x13 pan coated with cooking spray. Pour approximately 1/3 the caramel over one pan of popcorn. Toss to coat.

Place half of remaining carmel in medium bowl and add red food coloring until you reach the desired shade of red. Immediately pour over second pan of popcorn. Toss to coat.

Add green food coloring to the remaining caramel until you reach desired shade of green. Immediately pour over third pan of popcorn. Toss to coat.

Bake for 45 minutes, rotating pans and stirring each pan with a spatula coated with cooking spray every 15 minutes. Cool completely before serving.


  1. How far ahead of Christmas are you able to prepare this yummy treat to give as gifts?

  2. This is really best when fresh. I would make it within a few days of planning to give as gifts.

  3. I loooooove caramel popcorn! :) Thanks so much for the recipe and fantastic pictures! :)