Homemade Caramel Popcorn

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After I told my husband what I wanted to post on the blog today, he reminded me that I have been sharing a whole lot of popcorn recipes lately. What can I say? I just love popcorn! And this recipe for Homemade Caramel Popcorn has been one of my favorites since I was a little girl. My mom and grandma both made this recipe for special occasions, so thankfully, I got to eat it often!

For the last few years we have been making it for a special New Year’s Eve treat, but I love it so much, I want to make it all of the time! Now I’m sure that you do too, so here it is! (The full recipe is written out completely below.)

First thing you need to do is pop your 1 cup of popcorn kernels. My daughter got this Orville Redenbacher popcorn maker (affiliate link) for Christmas and it has been wonderful! We have been using it all the time!

Then put all the popcorn into a large bowl and set aside.

Caramel Popcorn at DoingSplendid.comAfter you mix all your other ingredients on the stove, pour the caramel over the popcorn and mix well.

Caramel Popcorn at DoingSplendid.comDoesn’t it look so good?! Oh, how I love this popcorn!

Caramel Popcorn at DoingSplendid.com

Caramel Popcorn


  • 1 cup un-popped popcorn kernels
  • 1 stick of butter (or 8 Tbsp.)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup Karo syrup
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

First, pop your popcorn using the method of your choice, put into a large bowl and set aside. Stir the butter, brown sugar, Karo syrup, and sweetened condensed milk together in a medium sized saucepan. Heat over medium heat until boiling. Boil for 2 minutes. Pour over popped popcorn and mix well.

It really is too tasty to resist!

Have a great day!

Caramel Popcorn at DoingSplendid.comIf you love this Homemade Popcorn Recipe, try out my other popcorn recipes:


  1. January 21, 2016    

    I’m not familiar with a “cube” of butter. Could you clarify this?

    • KaCee KaCee
      January 21, 2016    

      Sorry about that! I’ve changed the post now. It should say a stick of butter (or 8 Tbsp.). Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

      November 11, 2018    

      Do the popcorn balls need to be stored in the frig to store them

      • KaCee KaCee
        January 5, 2019    

        Hi Linda, Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, so you probably no longer have this question. But, I’ve never refrigerated the caramel popcorn before, so I think it would be alright stored outside the fridge. I hope you have a great day!

  2. Sarah Kennedy-twiss Sarah Kennedy-twiss
    August 22, 2018    

    Hi I just made this recipe using the caramel flavored condensed milk and added coconut then toastes it and OMG it was spot on exactly what my heart was craving .I appreciate you sharing and making it easy to make such “fancy” things (I personally don’t like popcorn because it gets stuck in my teeth, however after my child was born I can’t stop munching on the caramel popcorn) .it’s so expensive to buy and very hard to find good stuff, now I can make my own and indulge. Fyi my daughter doesn’t like caramel at all (ironic)

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