Gooey Caramel Corn

Bright and early tomorrow morning we are headed to my Mother-in-Laws house.  Its my little Sister In-Law’s birthday on St. Patrick’s Day.  What  an awesome day to have your birthday on!  So we are headed down with my other Sister-In-Law.  Its about a 4 hour drive to get there.  I strongly believe any kind of long road trip deserves to have snacks.  I have been wanting to be Caramel Corn for awhile but I knew I would just eat it all to my self so this way I have to share it!
I’m sure my thighs will thank me later!
The first step is to pop your pop corn.  I popped about 2 cups of seeds.  I divided the popped popcorn into 2 separate bowls.  I found this way easier for stirring in the caramel
Next you add butter, sugar and syrup and bring to a boil.  After it boils add in the sweetened condensed milk and boil on medium heat.  You will need to use a candy thermometer, to get to soft ball stage or about 230 degrees (about 17 minutes on medium heat)  Make sure you  continue to stir so it doesn’t burn
When it reaches soft ball stage, take off the heat and add in vanilla.  Now you get pour the yummy goodness all over the popcorn.  Stir in until all the popcorn is covered in caramel
Now you get to enjoy eating it all!

Caramel Corn

1/2 butter
2 1/4 packet brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups popped popcorn

Combine butter, sugar and syrup.  Stir well, boil over medium heat.  Stir in milk and simmer.  Stir constantly until soft ball stage.  Take off heat, add vanilla and then pour over popcorn.


  1. I can’t even begin to imagine how awesome this c corn is…it’s one of my favs and you can never go wrong adding sweetened condensed milk. Hope you enjoy your long trip…that popcorn’s sure to go fast. =)

  2. Sounds wonderful! A little sweet, a little crunchy — perfect for a road trip!

  3. That looks pretty yummy! It would be gone in an hour for me!

  4. Thanks for sharing love popcorn.

    Desiree @ YourCraftyFriend

  5. Never thought about making this! New follower from the mingle, would love a follow back :).

  6. This looks really good, but I am little confused about the “soft ball” stage. What does that mean, exactly? Can you describe it?

    I have never tried something like this before, so I am a little in the dark. : )

  7. If you get a candy thermometer there is a stage on there called soft ball stage. When it gets there it is complete.
    I couldn’t find mine so I did the same trick my mom uses. After it boils for about 15 minutes, get a cold cup of water and drop a little bit of the caramel inside. Put your fingers inside the water and form the caramel into a ball. (If you try multiple times get fresh cold water. Try and experiment and every 5 minutes and try it, then you can see and feel the changes. This is the first time I tried this way and it actually is kind of easy) If it stays together then it is done. If you over cook it just makes your caramel corn a little harder, which you just need to put in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it back. I think I boiled mine for about 17 minutes then I stopped and it was the perfect amount of chewy.
    Hope this helps. Let me know how it turns out!

  8. That looks really good! This looks like something my daughters and I should make for a family movie night. Okay, we’ll invite my husband to share also. I can smell the caramel now! Visiting from Stop by when you get a chance.