Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

09/06/2017 8:00 pm · 77 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

Hello my name is Sarah, I am married to a caramel popcorn snob. Well snob is kind of harsh, maybe I should call him a caramel popcorn critic. Yes that sounds nicer.  I grew up making Caramel popcorn in a bag which turns out nice and crunchy, just the way I like it.  My husband however is not a fan of crunchy caramel corn, he likes Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn.  But Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn scares me because it can pull a filling out of your tooth if you are not careful. Some recipes are TOO sticky, while others leave the popcorn almost soggy.

I am excited to share this recipe with you, it gets the thumbs up and approval from my husband. My kids all love it, best part is it is super easy too make too.  Hope you enjoy this recipe for Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn as much as we do!

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Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

What you need:

  • 14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 a cup)
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 10 oz bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 24 cups of popcorn

Tools I like to use for this recipe:

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Directions:

You will need to pop 24 cups of popcorn. We love to use our  Stir Crazy popcorn popper it gives the popcorn a great flavor and crunchy texture.  We do add a pinch of salt to each batch, but do not butter it.  But you can use plain or buttered popcorn for this recipe, we just prefer plain.  Once you have popped your popcorn, measure out 24 cups and set aside while you make the caramel sauce.  I would recommend fluffing your popcorn to try and get all the corn kernels that did not pop to sink to the bottom. Toss those in the trash, so you don’t bust your tooth on them (yes my husband has done that more than once).

This makes a BIG batch of popcorn, 24 cups.  I love the Thatsa Mega Tupperware Bowl  for this recipe. It is big enough to hold everything and allows me to stir and mix without popcorn falling out over the sides.

In a Sauce pot 6 quart or larger add your sweetened Condensed Milk, butter, brown sugar and marshmallows.  Over medium heat stir still they are well blended and just come to a low boil. Normally takes about 6-7 minutes.  Make sure you do this over medium heat if your temperature is too high your sugar will not dissolve which gives you a gritty texture.  I always stir the whole time to prevent scorching the butter and milk.

Once it has come to a low boil, take off heat.  Stir in your vanilla (pure vanilla is best) and sprinkle in the baking soda.  Do this in a dusting motion so you do not get a big clump of baking soda in your caramel sauce. Be aware that the baking soda will cause your caramel sauce to double in size and become soft, almost foamy.  Stir in well then quickly pour over the popcorn you have waiting for you in a bowl.

It will be a bit sticky so I recommend using a Silicone spatula  to mix it all together really well. DO NOT try to eat it right away because it is hot! Give it a few minutes to cool down. You can eat it right out of the bowl. Or you can pour it onto a Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet.  Then as it cools you can cut it into Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn squares.  You can also shape them into Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn balls.

The caramel is super soft at first this is our favorite time to eat it. After an hour or so it starts to firm up and is still soft, just more like a soft and chewy rice crispy treat that will hold its shape. But still soft and you can easily pull it apart and eat it.  It really is amazing! I love that you can make it a few days before an event and it is still delicious!

Try this Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn Recipe out, let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does! Perfect for large groups or family movie night!

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Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 24 cups

Ingredients

  • Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn Recipe
  • What you need:
  • 14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 stick of butter 1/2 a cup
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 10 oz bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 24 cups of popcorn
  • Tools I like to use for this recipe:
  • Stir Crazy popcorn popper
  • Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet
  • Silicone spatula
  • Sauce pot 6 quart
  • Thatsa Mega Tupperware Bowl

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. You will need to pop 24 cups of popcorn. We love to use our Stir Crazy popcorn popper it gives the popcorn a great flavor and crunchy texture. We do add a pinch of salt to each batch, but do not butter it. But you can use plain or buttered popcorn for this recipe, we just prefer plain. Once you have popped your popcorn, measure out 24 cups and set aside while you make the caramel sauce. I would recommend fluffing your popcorn to try and get all the corn kernels that did not pop to sink to the bottom. Toss those in the trash, so you don't bust your tooth on them (yes my husband has done that more than once).
  3. This makes a BIG batch of popcorn, 24 cups. I love the Thatsa Mega Tupperware Bowl for this recipe. It is big enough to hold everything and allows me to stir and mix without popcorn falling out over the sides.
  4. In a Sauce pot 6 quart or larger add your sweetened Condensed Milk, butter, brown sugar and marshmallows. Over medium heat stir still they are well blended and just come to a low boil. Normally takes about 6-7 minutes. Make sure you do this over medium heat if your temperature is too high your sugar will not dissolve which gives you a gritty texture. I always stir the whole time to prevent scorching the butter and milk.
  5. Once it has come to a low boil, take off heat. Stir in your vanilla (pure vanilla is best) and sprinkle in the baking soda. Do this in a dusting motion so you do not get a big clump of baking soda in your caramel sauce. Be aware that the baking soda will cause your caramel sauce to double in size and become soft, almost foamy. Stir in well then quickly pour over the popcorn you have waiting for you in a bowl.
  6. It will be a bit sticky so I recommend using a Silicone spatula to mix it all together really well. DO NOT try to eat it right away because it is hot! Give it a few minutes to cool down. You can eat it right out of the bowl. Or you can pour it onto a Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet. Then as it cools you can cut it into Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn squares. You can also shape them into Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn balls.
  7. The caramel is super soft at first this is our favorite time to eat it. After an hour or so it starts to firm up and is still soft, just more like a soft and chewy rice crispy treat that will hold its shape. But still soft and you can easily pull it apart and eat it. It really is amazing! I love that you can make it a few days before an event and it is still delicious!
  8. Try this Soft Creamy Caramel Popcorn Recipe out, let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does! Perfect for large groups or family movie night!

 

 

 

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Amanda Cantu
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1 cup.brown sugar

Verna Dufrene Hebert
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My grandkids are eager to make the treats, especially cookies, but they all disappear when it’s time to clean up !!! No clean up, No cookies !!!!

Barbara Rauckhorst Crawford
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Barbara Rauckhorst Crawford

Love u too❤️

Lucinda Hilliard Osburn
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Lucinda Hilliard Osburn

Love PC! I was a consultant for 13 years!

Nancy Sax Simmons
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When Barbara Rauckhorst makes this I will go to her house and get some . Sounds and looks yummy!!

Amy Hughes
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A Thrifty Mom thank you so much!! This is way different than rice crispy treats. I could tell that from the video.

A Thrifty Mom
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Yes I have had it about 10 years I love it

A Thrifty Mom
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A Thrifty Mom
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Yes there are on sale right now http://athriftymom.com/tupperware-sale/

A Thrifty Mom
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YES so yummy

A Thrifty Mom
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It is much more than a normal rice crispy with the milk, baking soda and brown sugar. You can find the full recipe here http://athriftymom.com/soft-creamy-caramel-popcorn-recipe/

A Thrifty Mom
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They will love it

A Thrifty Mom
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yes it is that good 😉

A Thrifty Mom
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A Thrifty Mom
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1/2 tp you can find the full recipe here http://athriftymom.com/soft-creamy-caramel-popcorn-recipe/

A Thrifty Mom
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We had one of those growing up

LuAnn LaBonte Norris
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I love my hot air popcorn popper!!!

Laura Lawrence Jones
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We use the puffcorn instead of the popcorn its yummy!!

Donna Blaylock
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How much baking soda

Donna Blaylock
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How much brown sugar

Barbara Rauckhorst Crawford
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Barbara Rauckhorst Crawford

OMG, I can already smell it and mouth is watering.

Verna Dufrene Hebert
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Do your kids help you clean up after ????

Verna Dufrene Hebert
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I must make this for my grandkids !!!! Thanks !!!!

Rochelle Nicole Cooper
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Rochelle Nicole Cooper

Follow the rice crispy treat recipe and add popcorn instead of crispy

Rochelle Nicole Cooper
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Rochelle Nicole Cooper

I been making this for years literally!

Lori Bray
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Hi. Definitely making these

Jaynee McCarroll
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Must be smelling good now!!

Brenda Spagnola-Wilson
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Brenda Spagnola-Wilson

Not well. Caramel tends to kinda melt. Mostly it gets super messy. Maybe if you made popcorn balls and wrapped them in plastic wrap?

Diana Boden-Morano
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The bowl is from Tupowrware

Tammy Walker Longdon
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Yes bowl link please

Tammy Walker Longdon
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Did you post the bowls?

Tammy Walker Longdon
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How much for the bowls again?

Betty Jo Due
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Can u use this on Carmel apples

Stacey Juarez
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Your such a awesome mommy ❤

Lucinda Hilliard Osburn
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Lucinda Hilliard Osburn

Pampered Chef scraper?

Elizabeth Cagle
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Thanks! I will check it out U0001f60a

Elizabeth Cagle
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Can you post the bowl link please?

A Thrifty Mom
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This is a recipe EVERYONE needs in their family cookbook! http://athriftymom.com/soft-creamy-caramel-popcorn-recipe/ The best Soft and Creamy Caramel Popcorn you will ever eat!

Amy Williams-Bruce
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I can’t find the recipie

Jose Molina
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Thanks love your videos

Rosa Medina Delarosa
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Can you use rice crispies

Kim Hamilton
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I’ll have to re watch this I’m late but looks yummy you ever make popcorn balls like this

Tammy Sparks Lockington
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Tammy Sparks Lockington

That would be good with pecans and almonds!

Alma Brito
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Love it gonna try

Rene Montez
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Looks so yummmmi….!!! Enjoy!!! U0001f60aU0001f60aU0001f60a

Billie Leonard
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Did i miss the link to the bowls?

Alma Brito
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Looks like rice krispy treats

Latoya Anderson-Walker
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Latoya Anderson-Walker

Can you use that for apples?

Vicki Burge
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Hi Noche looks good huh

Tammy Frisbie
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Tupperware Thatsa bowl is Awesome!!

Katie Won
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I wish I could buy some.

Bobby Treviño
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Thanks, Bobby- Victoria, Texas. …

Laura Hall
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I’m curious if this would make it to Afghanistan.

A Thrifty Mom
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This is a recipe EVERYONE needs in their family cookbook! http://athriftymom.com/soft-creamy-caramel-popcorn-recipe/ The best Soft and Creamy Caramel Popcorn you will ever eat!

Carianne Pionessa
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Amy it’s a Tupperware

Vicki Burge
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Oh my yum

Amy Hughes
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Where did you get that bowl?

Janel E. Berchielli
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Is this one of those Tastey videos or is this you?

Tallan Neuberger
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Did you use the whole bag of popcorn?

Vicki Burge
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That’s cool I need one

Tallan Neuberger
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Oh my gosh i have to try your recipe

Nichole Kraskowsky
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Watching the Dodger ⚾️💙 and wishing I had this to munch on 😬

Beth Martin-Lappin
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Great idea for Trick or Treaters! U0001f383

Tallan Neuberger
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I never thought about using the marshmallows!

Carianne Pionessa
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She usually will post the recipe in her blog and on the feed

A Thrifty Mom
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This is a recipe EVERYONE needs in their family cookbook! http://athriftymom.com/soft-creamy-caramel-popcorn-recipe/ The best Soft and Creamy Caramel Popcorn you will ever eat!

Jessica Crabb
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Oh good – thanks U0001f60a

Chris Roan Pinami
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Hi from Vincent, he says yummy!

Debbie Danielka
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Do you have the recipe were we can get it?

Amy Hughes
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Will you post the recipe when you’re all done?

Jessica Crabb
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How long can you store the finished Caramel popcorn? U0001f37f

Nichole Kraskowsky
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This is getting better, yummy U0001f60b

Jose Molina
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Hello I missed it what we making

Rebecca Harp Jeffery
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On the butter do you use salted butter or regular butter?

Katherine Ruth Garland
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Katherine Ruth Garland

What are you making with this recipe

Noemi S. Garcia
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I had order some things from ur website.
The markers awahile back and still haven’t received it .

Cindi Cada DelCurto
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We have that popper! Love it

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