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No Bake Caramel Corn

No Bake Caramel Corn

I love caramel corn.  At a fair, at the game…on my couch.  Good, homemade caramel corn can be many things all at once.  It can be buttery, crunchy, sweet, sticky, and salty all at once.  However, I don’t enjoy having to hover over it and babysit an entire pan that would only take me minutes to joyfully toss into my mouth.  Constantly checking up on it and stirring is not my idea of a good time, especially since said caramel corn doesn’t even pay minimum wage.  Needless to say, I needed a method that would ensure the quickest route from pot to mouth and this is how my recipe for no bake caramel corn was born.

This recipe is completely no bake and utilizes air-popped popcorn without any fancy equipment and takes no more than 15 minutes from start to finish.  You can, of course pop this over the stove top but you can simply tumble some kernels into a brown paper bag {I re-use my paper bags from the market–yay for repurposing!} fold it over a few times and allow the microwave to do all the work. And since the popcorn is air popped, you can save up all that gorgeous butter for the crowning glory of ooey-gooey caramel.  That only takes a few minutes as well.  Fast, easy, and delicious.  My kind of recipe.  My no bake caramel corn multiplies easily, making it perfect to feed a crowd in a flash.  I once made enough for 50 people and not a crumb was left. I can’t tell you if it took longer for them to devour it or for me to make it.

The final result is sweet and salty with a great light, crisp texture and a soft blossoming flavor of toffee that makes it taste like gourmet salted caramel sauce that you slaved over {but I won’t spill the secret if you don’t}.



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No-Bake Caramel Corn
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Serves: 8-10 cups

  • 4 tb popcorn kernels, divided
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • ½ c unsalted butter
  • ¼ c corn syrup/lyles golden syrup
  • ½ ts salt
  • ½ ts baking soda

  1. In 2 brown bags, divide the kernels evenly.
  2. Fold over the top 3 times and cook in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Every microwave is different so it’s most important to listen to the POP.
  3. In a heavy bottomed pot, stir the brown sugar, butter, syrup, and salt together. Heat on medium low. You can swirl the pan but never stir. When large bubbles begin to form on the surface, set the timer for exactly 5 minutes. Again, do not stir. When it’s ready, the mixture will be a deeper golden brown.
  4. Take the pot off the heat and quickly stir in the baking soda and pour over the popped corn in batches. Toss to coat.
  5. Allow to set for a few minutes then devour.


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