This delicious Homemade Caramel Corn Recipe is made with cinnamon, pecans, and a white chocolate drizzle! It's the most addicting and festive fall treat you've tasted!
- 12 cups popped popcorn (this was about 2/3 c unpopped kernels for me)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- generous 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cup pecans or other favorite nuts
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- additional coarse salt for sprinkling (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon), optional
- Preheat the oven to 275 degree F and grease a rimmed baking sheet well (you can also add a layer of parchment paper, but be sure to still spray it with cooking spray).
- Pop the popcorn and set it aside in a very large bowl.
- In a medium saucepan, combine butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt.
- Cook over medium heat to allow sugar to dissolve completely and bring to a boil, stirring often.
- Remove from heat and add baking soda, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir well to combine.
- Add the pecans to the popcorn.
- Drizzle with caramel sauce over the popcorn and pecans, stirring well to coat.
- Spread the popcorn mixture out onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, stirring halfway through the cook time and again after you pull it out of the oven.
- Melt white chocolate in a double boiler on the stove (or in the microwave on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds) and then drizzle over the popcorn. Sprinkle with extra coarse salt before the chocolate sets if desired.
- Let the popcorn cool and the chocolate set and then break the popcorn into chunks and serve.
- Store leftovers in a covered container for up to 3 days.
- If you don't have a popcorn popper, just follow the directions on the bag of popcorn kernels; it tells you how to use a pot and make it on your stove!
- If you don't own coarse salt yet, it's time to get it. Look for it in a box near the other salt. It'll be labeled Kosher salt. It's bigger pieces that are flat like the kind on pretzels.
- Looking for an air popper to meet all your popcorn popping needs? I've had this one air popper for years and it works great.
- You can substitute the cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice for a twist on this caramel popcorn.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Snack
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
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