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Oven Baked Caramel Corn

This homemade Oven Baked Caramel Corn is the best sweet & salty snack. It’s so delicious and super easy to make!

Oven Baked Caramel Corn

Most people might think of caramel corn as a Halloween treat but not me. In our family, oven baked caramel corn is a holiday favorite. My mom and I always make caramel corn to snack on during all the Thanksgiving day football games, especially if the Packers are playing!

Unfortunately, the Green Bay Packers don’t play this year on Thanksgiving but my mom and I will still planning on making our delicious oven baked caramel corn recipe the night before Thanksgiving. It has become a Thanksgiving Eve tradition in our house. We also make a ton of caramel corn for Christmas, because it makes the perfect gift that everyone is guaranteed to love!

Oven Baked Caramel Corn

JUST A FEW BAKING TIPS:

I like to use microwave popcorn, I’m actually afraid to make popcorn on the stove! When I’m making caramel corn I like to use the butter flavored popcorn to give the caramel corn even more flavor. But you can use whatever kind of popcorn you like.

Also, you don’t need a candy thermometer to make the caramel for this popcorn. Just bring the caramel to a rapid boil, set a timer for 5 minutes, stir it a couple times and that’s it….your caramel is ready. Remove caramel from burner and stir in the vanilla and butter extract.

If you don’t have a silicone baking mat, I HIGHLY recommend getting one (I use mine almost everyday). It makes stirring the caramel corn every 15 minutes so EASY because the caramel corn doesn’t stick to the pan. But if you don’t want to get a silicone baking mat, no worries…just make sure you line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO MAKE THIS OVEN BAKED CARAMEL CORN:

Oven Baked Caramel Corn

Oven Baked Caramel Corn

Yield: 8-10 Servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

★ Make sure to read my BAKING TIPS above before you start baking!

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Ingredients:

  • 16 cups popped popcorn (3 microwave popcorn bags)
  • 3 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup (the clear syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter extract

Directions:

PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 250F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

STEP 1: Place popped popcorn into a large bowl. Mix in chopped walnuts or pecans. Evenly, spread popcorn mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Set aside.

STEP 2: In a heavy saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, and light corn syrup. On medium-high heat, bring to a rapid boil and boil for five minutes, stirring as necessary. Remove from burner and stir in vanilla extract and butter extract.

STEP 3: Pour caramel over popcorn mixture and stir to coat. Put in oven for 15 minutes. Take it out and stir it. Repeat this every 15 minutes for one hour.

STEP 4: Let cool on baking sheet. Once caramel corn is cooled, break up the popcorn and enjoy!

*Store caramel corn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7-10 days.

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15 Responses to “Oven Baked Caramel Corn”

  1. shannon schiavi — September 4, 2016 at 10:03 am

    can I use margarine instead of butter?

    • Jenn — September 6th, 2016 @ 4:39 pm

      Yes, you can use margarine instead butter. Enjoy!

  2. Michelle — June 2, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Best Caramel popcorn I’ve ever had!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe 

  3. Lynn — November 16, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I made this again tonight.  this is the best caramel corn recipe I have found

  4. monica — November 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Do you have to use butter extract?

    • Jenn — November 16th, 2015 @ 7:50 pm

      No, you don’t need to but it does add flavor.

  5. Jenn — December 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I love this caramel corn! So good! 

  6. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — November 23, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Oh what holiday is complete without caramel corn?! YUM!

  7. Andi @ The Weary Chef — November 21, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I think of caramel corn as a holiday treat too because we used to always get those tins of three kinds of popcorn including caramel. I haven’t made my own, but I’ll have to try your recipe. Looks delicious, Jenn!

  8. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen — November 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I’m all for caramel corn not being just a Halloween treat! I’d eat this caramel corn all year long! (I’m from California, but I’m still a Packer’s fan by proxy, because Aaron Rodgers was our high school quarterback!)

  9. Melanie | Melanie Makes — November 21, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    First, how can the Pack NOT be playing on Thanksgiving?  I thought that was written into the constitution or something! 😉

    And I absolutely can’t wait to try this!  Love it as a snacking idea for Turkey Day.  Pinned!

  10. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — November 21, 2014 at 11:48 am

    We love caramel corn! Great idea to bake it in the oven!

  11. Shannon @ Bake. Frost. Repeat. — November 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I am a serious caramel corn addict. I mean, I need therapy about it. I’ve never made it though because I always thought that it would be too intensive and insanely messy. I’m definitley going to have to make this!!

  12. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen — November 21, 2014 at 10:02 am

    If I got started with this caramel corn I don’t think id be able to stop! Such a great idea to bake it in the oven!

  13. Laura @PetiteAllergyTreats — November 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

    This caramel corn sounds easy and totally scrumptious too!  We’re huge Packer fans too!

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