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10 Minute Soft & Chewy Caramel Popcorn

Caramel popcorn is a staple at our house!  I make caramel popcorn more often then I make bread most weeks.  Seriously, we’re addicted!

My 3 yr old daughter’s favorite thing to do is “make caramel popcorn, watch a movie, and chillax!”  But when we want to have a family movie night, we usually don’t have a lot of time.  My husband runs to the RedBox for our movie while I whip up a big batch of the most delicious, soft & chewy caramel popcorn in only 10 minutes.

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The best 10 minute soft & chewy caramel popcorn from Houseful of Handmade.
I like my popcorn a little less on the caramely side then some.  Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE caramel, but I also LOVE popcorn.  I think the marriage of the two is what makes caramel popcorn so perfect.  If I wanted to eat caramel, I am not above taking a spoon to a jar of caramel sauce 🙂

Also, if I have more popcorn to caramel ratio, I can eat way more caramel popcorn for the same calories as if I had heavily carameled popcorn!  Hey, a girl’s gotta eat sweets wisely, *wink wink*.

To make the best soft & chewy caramel popcorn, add 1/2 cup butter, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, and 3/4 cup corn syrup in a small sauce pan.

The best 10 minute soft & chewy caramel popcorn from Houseful of Handmade.

Heat over medium high heat until boiling.  Stir occasionally while it’s heating, but be careful not to scrape the sides of your sauce pan or you’ll get grainy caramel.

The best 10 minute soft & chewy caramel popcorn from Houseful of Handmade.

Once you have a good rolling boil, set a timer and boil for 2-3 minutes.

My mom always boiled for 2 minutes because she likes her caramel super soft, but I like to boil for 3 minutes because I like a little firmer caramel.  Boiling longer will still get you a soft caramel, if you want the crunchy stuff, you’ll have to use one of those recipes that has you bake the caramel on the popcorn.

When you’re done boiling, remover from heat and quickly add 1 tsp of vanilla extract (or for a super amazing vanilla popcorn add 2 tsp of vanilla bean paste, believe me, it’s good).  And stir.

The best 10 minute soft & chewy caramel popcorn from Houseful of Handmade.

Then pour your delicious caramel over the top of your popped corn and stir.

I like to keep stirring until the caramel is cooled to the touch which will keep the caramel evenly distributed over the popcorn instead of allowing it to settle to the bottom.  If you do have settling, don’t fret.  The bottom of the popcorn bowl that is oozing with caramel is a delicious surprise to find.  Just like surprise fries (you know the french fries you find at the bottom of your take-out bag that you didn’t realize you had until the rest of the fries were already eaten, then surprise, more fries)!

The best 10 minute soft & chewy caramel popcorn from Houseful of Handmade.

Now you are ready to share a big bowl of caramel popcorn with your family while watching a movie and chillaxing!  And if you can keep yourself from eating the entire bowl, it tastes great the next day for breakfast *wink wink*.

The best 10 minute soft & chewy caramel popcorn from Houseful of Handmade.

If you want to make the adorable popcorn cups for your delicious caramel popcorn (maybe for a party), check out my post about my son’s carnival birthday party and you can download a PDF or a Silhouette print and cut file for them.

The best 10 minute soft & chewy caramel popcorn from Houseful of Handmade.

10 Minute Soft & Chewy Caramel Popcorn

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

The best 10 minute soft & chewy caramel popcorn. This caramel popcorn is so quick, you can whip up a batch before your husband is back from the RedBox with the movie!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla (or 2 tsp vanilla bean paste)
  • 1 cup popcorn kernels, popped

Instructions

  1. Heat butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Stir while boiling but take care not to scrape the sides of the pan.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour over popped corn and stir until caramel is cooled.
  5. Enjoy!

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The best 10 minute soft & chewy caramel popcorn from Houseful of Handmade.

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

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Ashley

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

Don't use a plastic bowl, even if it's microwave safe. I have a very nice mixing bowl with a hole in the bottom now.

Kati

Thursday 15th of November 2018

That's not good Ashley! I always drizzle mine over the popcorn so it doesn't pool in the bottom of the bowl. Then immediately store it up as it cools.

Sherry

Saturday 30th of May 2015

This is really a great idea. I know everyone at my house would love this popcorn. Thanks for linking up and sharing your recipe with us at Funtastic Friday. I hope you join us again this week.

Lisa at Concord Cottage

Sunday 24th of May 2015

Hi Kati, Happy Memorial Day! This caramel popcorn looks so yummy and delish. Thank you so much for linking up to our Something to Talk About Link Party this week. Love for you to come on over and join us again, Have a great day and enjoy, Lisa at Concord Cottage.

Kati Farrer

Monday 25th of May 2015

Thanks so much Lisa! I hope you get a chance to try it.

Amanda @ The Chunky Chef

Friday 22nd of May 2015

Ohhhhh man... I love me some popcorn! And caramel corn is simply the best :D Thank you for sharing with us at Friday Favorites, we loving having you join us!

Kati Farrer

Sunday 24th of May 2015

Thanks Amanda! Popcorn is one treat I have a hard time passing up and caramel just makes it better :)

Trish @ tagsthoughts.com

Thursday 21st of May 2015

YUM!! And perfect for the carnival party if I don't eat it all first. ;) Carmel popcorn is my weakness!! I can't wait to try your recipe. Creative Inspiration Link Party. Join us again next week, M 8p CST - W 8p CST. Now... I'm off to pin this one for later.

Kati Farrer

Thursday 21st of May 2015

So true! I had to make it the morning of the party so I didn't eat it all the night before while finishing last minute things :)

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