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Amish Caramel Corn

This Amish Caramel Corn is a classic treat. With homemade caramel baked with delicious crunchy popcorn, this is the best way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Amish, traditional
Servings: 16
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Sandra


  • 7 quarts plain popped popcorn
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts optional
  • 2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place the popped popcorn into two shallow greased baking pans. You may use roasting pans, jelly roll pans, or disposable roasting pans. Add the peanuts to the popped corn if using. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, margarine and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring enough to blend. Boil for 5 minutes while stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will be light and foamy. Immediately pour over the popcorn in the pans, and stir to coat. Don't worry too much at this point about getting all of the corn coated.
  • Bake for 1 hour, removing the pans and giving them each a good stir every 15 minutes. Line the countertop with wax paper. Dump out onto the waxed paper and separate the pieces. Allow to cool completely (this part is important as I burnt my mouth once because I didn’t wait), then store in airtight containers or resealable bags, if it lasts that long.


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 382mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.6mg