Thursday, April 19, 2012

Crazy Karo Crunch

This is a recipe that my family remembers my great grandma making. She passed away before I was born, but she is quite the inspiration to me in many ways.

More on that later.

This carmel corn is the best carmel corn you will EVER try. I used her recipe with a touch of a modification. I like more pop corn than carmel. It gets too sweet. It is seriously like eating pieces of heaven, as far as carmel corn goes.

Crazy Karo Crunch
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 Cup Karo Syrup (Light)
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 Quarts air popped dry pop corn
Cooking spray

Preheat Oven to 200 degrees

1. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray (I actually cover my cookie sheet in tin foil for easy clean up).
2. Spread the pop corn across the cookie sheet and PICK OUT ALL OF THE SEEDS! (so important)
3. In a pot on the stove, combine butter, sugar, and syrup on high. Stir until boiling. Reduce heat to Med-High and boil for EXACTLY 5 minutes. Add Vanilla.
4. Drizzle over pop corn, stir, and bake for 15 minutes.
5. Remove pop corn from oven, mix the pop corn and carmel around replace in oven for another 15 minutes.
6. Repeat step 5 until carmel corn has been in the oven for an hour and has been mostly covered in carmel.
7. Allow it to cool, break apart, and serve.

Things you may want to know in advance:
1. I know the caramel mixture looks frightening delicious, but don't lick the spoon. It's hot. I know, I know. You're thinking "I'm not stupid, of course I won't lick the spoon." Just wait until you think about licking the spoon. You'll thank me.

2. This recipe tastes like Wethers Original in pop corn form.

3. I know baking soda helps the mixture spread. I know it spreads things more evenly. Don't use it. It also takes away from the lovely Werthers taste and makes it plain old carmel corn. The mixture won't get as crunchy and delicious if you add it.

4. Add peanuts for the last 15 minutes. Viola. Home made (and better than the original) Cracker Jacks.


kelsey said...

Yum, my mom has a similar recipe for Carmel corn, but without baking, and using soda! I might have to try this instead! I LURRVE carmel corn. :)

Marisa Hopkins said...

YUM. I am definitely making this for our next family movie night. My girls are going to flip. Glad to have found this on Pinterest!

Cooking Kitten said...

I'm going to make this and blog about my experience making it. There will be a link to your blog so that people can find the original and I really hope that I don't "nail it" the way I did with my oatmeal experiment LOL! Thanks so much for sharing with us =^_^=

Morgan said...

@ Cooking Kitten. Link me back to your blog and I will share your experience on my page as well.

The Elliotts said...

Yum! Just made this an hour ago and it is sooooo good. Thanks for the recipe. I found you on pinterest.

Anonymous said...

I just made this tonight, it was sooo good!

Bonnie said...

Just wondering if this can be made ahead and stored for a couple of days? Heading out camping this weekend and would love to take it along. Sounds delicious thanks for sharing.

Found it on Pinterest.

E. said...

I have dark brown sugar on hand, have you used it before?

Rachel Berry said...

This is very similar to my mom's recipe except we don't bake it. We love it sticky!! I'll have to try your version soon!

1 ½ - 2 cups air popped popcorn
1 cup butter
½ cup White karo syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla

Combine Butter, Karo syrup, brown sugar-cook to a rolling boil. Boil 1 minute then add 1 tsp. Vanilla. Pour immediately over popcorn stir with scraper to coat and serve.

Morgan said...

Yes! I love using dark brown, it makes it taste just a little more carmely!

Morgan said...

It can store up to a week and a half.

Stacy of KSW said...

Hi Morgan, I'm compiling recipes for an ebook this month to support No Kid Hungry. I was wondering if we could feature your recipe? i will credit you as the author and let you know when it goes live. What do you say?

Denise said...

I will have to try this right about in time for our church's General Conference Sat session. Family will be over and this will be a good 'intermission' snack ! Thanks for sharing.

Brittany Strandquist said...

Any substitutions for Karo syrup???

kieu said...

so does this method keep the popcorn crispy/crunchy? My mom loves the poppycock gourmet popcorn and I hoping to find a recipe for her.

Tammy Moore said...

MMMM! POPPYCOCK!! You just gave me a delicious idea! I am going to drizzle chocolate on top when done!

pfirsch said...

Brittany, here is a substitution I found on

1/2 cup sugar + 2 tbsp water = 1/2 cup light corn syrup

Heather Grimstead said...

I tried this today – very yummy. I used two bags of microwave popcorn.

donabeija321 said...

I never thought I could make caramel popcorn at home, so I always pay prime price for good quality popcorn, at a shop close to my home, however the close for a couple of years.
But after today, the problem will be stopping eating this GREAT caramel popcorn recipe. Thank you soooo much to remove my fears, lol.

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Stephanie E. Sewell said...

Has anyone used this recipe to make popcorn balls? Will it work?

busigdma said...

Do you bake at 350 I took my out after 30 min. because it was tasting scourged!

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I made this twice. Best toffee popcorn ever. Can stop eating it lol

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