Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts

Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts

I have prepared this dish a few times before but never really shared it with you.

You see, there are a lot of similar recipes online, and I thought, who would want to see another recipe for caramel popcorn? Not only that, but I’ve also been posting too many sweet recipes lately.

The first time I made caramel popcorn I cooked the caramel for too long, added too much baking soda at the end, and left it in the hot pot instead of pouring right away into the popcorn. Refusing to accept that I had been defeated by cooking caramel, I decided to eat the mess I had created. Alas, the taste was not very good. In fact that burnt and almost bitter taste lingered in my mouth for a long, long time.

After remembering that incident, I realized I should share this recipe with you so you won’t follow  in my footsteps and make the same mistakes I made.

And before you walk away and tell yourself that you’d rather buy caramel popcorn than make it, let me tell you that this is the easiest thing to make. It only takes 30 minutes from start to finish. And homemade is always better than store bought! Enjoy!

Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts


Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts



  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 14 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


Preheat oven to 250°F.  Lightly spray two rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix popcorn and peanuts, set aside.

Mix the butter, sugar, corn syrup and salt in a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until butter has melted.  Stirring to combine.  Bring mixture to a boil but without stirring.  Continue to cook about 5 minutes.  When candy thermometer reaches 248°F remove from heat; and real quick stir in baking soda.

Add caramel to popcorn and peanuts mixture and work as quickly as you can.  Be careful with the hot caramel.  Stir to coat.  Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets and spread evenly.  Bake for 15 minutes, stirring halfway.  Remove from oven and let the caramel popcorn set until cooled.  Store in a covered container at room temperature.


Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts


Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food
Makes 14 cups

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9 Responses to “Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts”

  1. Dani
    October 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Wow… I’m the first one to comment. I love caramel popcorn. Thanks Luisa!

  2. Ruth
    October 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm #


    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Bebe
    October 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    That’s something I would do. Thanks for sharing what happened to you and the recipe.

  4. Max
    October 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    I like this recipe. I can’t wait to make it and eat the whole thing by myself. I love caramel popcorn.

  5. Renata
    October 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Great post. Always honest. I like that.
    Cannot wait to make these for my boys. Thanks!

  6. Gracie
    October 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    I love caramel popcorn. I have to get a few ingredients and for sure will give this recipe a try.

  7. Jenna
    October 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    I just made this today. I didn’t know it was that easy to make. Yours look so much prettier than mine but it taste great. Thanks for the recipe Luisa!

    • Luisa
      October 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

      Thanks everyone!

    • Luisa
      October 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      That’s GREAT Jenna!

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