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christmas caramel popcorn

  • Makes approx. 14 cups
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • red and green food coloring


Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Spray 2, 9x13 pans with cooking spray. Divide the popcorn evenly among the two pans.

In a medium pot, melt together the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon. Continue to boil and stir over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda and vanilla.

Divide the caramel between two medium bowls, add red food coloring to one, green food coloring to the other until you reach the desired shades (I used 10 drops each.) Working very fast, pour one bowl of caramel over one pan of popcorn. Toss to coat. Repeat with the other bowl of caramel and pan of popcorn.

Place pans in the oven and bake for 45 minutes, rotating pans and stirring each pan with a spatula coated with cooking spray every 15 minutes. Cool completely before serving.