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Caramel Corn with Peanuts

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  • Yield: Makes 15 cups

Photography: Bryan Gardner


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 14 cups popped popcorn (from 1 cup kernels)
  • 1 1/4 cup red-skinned peanuts
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees. Spray two rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine popcorn and peanuts. In a medium saucepan combine butter, sugar, molasses, and salt over medium high until butter has melted. Stir once to combine. Bring mixture to a boil without stirring until the temperature reaches 248 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda.

  2. Working quickly, add caramel to popcorn and peanuts and stir to coat. Transfer mixture to 2 baking sheets, spread out evenly, and bake until crisp, 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Let cool completely. Break into clusters.

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  • MS12526668
    18 JUL, 2014
    WOW! Just made this recipe with my kids, and it is so yummy! They love it! And it's all natural ingredients, which is the only way we prepare food at our home. Thank you for this delightful recipe.
  • LindaSee
    10 MAY, 2013
    The ingredients say "baking powder," but instructions say "baking soda." Which is it?
  • MS12001970
    10 MAY, 2013
    Hi Sarah Carmel Corn 1 C marg ½ C corn syrup (Karo Syrup) 2 C B sugar Bring to a soft boil ½ tsp soda 1/4 tsp cream of tarter 1 tsp salt 28 C popped corn Mix marg, syrup, b sugar. Bring to a soft boil. for 5 min. Keep stirring as it boils. Remove from heat add rest of ing & stir until foamy. Add peanuts or any other kind of nuts. Pour over corn and stir until well covered. Place in pan & put in oven 200* Bake 1 hr Stirring every 15 min.