dish of caramel popcorn in a christmas setting

Nutty Caramel Popcorn

Homemade caramel popcorn that's perfect for last-minute gifting.

This is a copycat recipe for that beloved tinned caramel popcorn that is always gifted around the holiday season. Loaded with caramel, pecans, and almonds, this treat is so easy to make yourself. And aren’t the best gifts those that are homemade? – Karlynn Johnston

dish of caramel popcorn in a christmas setting

Nutty Caramel Popcorn

Loaded with caramel, toasted pecans and toasted almonds, this recipe from A Prairie Christmas Cookbook is easy to make yourself and the perfect treat to bring to your next party.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 16 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 12 cups popped popcorn unpopped kernels removed
  • 2 cups toasted whole almonds
  • 2 cups toasted pecan halved
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • ½ cup dark corn syrup
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 250°f. Line large rimmed baking sheet (also known as a jelly roll pan) with parchment paper.
  • Place popcorn, almonds and pecans in large heatproof bowl.
  • In medium saucepan, bring brown sugar, butter and corn syrup to a rolling boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and bring mixture to soft-crack stage (270°f to 290°f on an instant-read thermometer) without stirring.
  • Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla.
  • Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and nuts and stir until completely coated.
  • Scoop out onto baking sheet, arranging in an even layer.
  • Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool completely, then break apart into desired size of clusters.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Keyword Caramel Popcorn
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Excerpted from A Very Prairie Christmas Bakebook by Karlynn Johnston. Copyright © 2023 Karlynn Johnston. Photographs by Karlynn Johnston. Additional photography by Luminarie Creative. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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