Alison's Caramel Popcorn

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  • 8 cups freshly popped, lightly salted popcorn
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon Madagascar vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Place popcorn in a large, shallow non-stick roasting pan.
  • In a heavy saucepan, mix sugar, butter, and corn syrup.
  • Stir over medium heat until boiling; continue boiling for 5 minutes without stirring.
  • Remove from heat, then add vanilla and baking soda.
  • Immediately pour over popcorn and stir to coat.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring several times (the stirring is key because the caramel will keep settling on the bottom and you need to scoop it up and stir it back into the popcorn).
  • Cool, break apart and store in a tightly sealed container.