Skip the movie theater and still indulge your kids' popcorn cravings -- this extra-crunchy version (with some sweetness) will make them applaud right at home.

Everyday Food, October 2007


Credit: José Manuel Picayo Rivera

Recipe Summary

10 mins
1 hr


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter a large rimmed baking sheet; set aside. Place popcorn in a large bowl; if using cashews, add to bowl and toss to combine. Set aside.

  • In a small saucepan, bring butter, sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons water to a boil, stirring constantly. Working quickly, drizzle popcorn with sugar syrup, and toss.

  • Spread popcorn evenly on prepared baking sheet. Bake, tossing occasionally, until golden and shiny, about 40 minutes. Transfer hot popcorn to parchment-paper-lined baking sheet; let cool.


Reviews (7)

211 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 88
  • 2 star values: 38
  • 1 star values: 13
Rating: 5 stars
This is yummy. This is the second time I am making it! The only thing i would suggest is omitting the nuts. They don't seem to do well in this recipe.
Rating: Unrated
Wow, so yummy. I skipped the nuts and instead salted with coarse sea salt. Absolutely amazing! I didn't let the syrup cool and had no shrinkage at all. The house smells great when this bakes!
Rating: Unrated
This was a great recipe. It tasted and smelled like the delicious treat I always get at the fair. I did cut the cook time down to 30 minutes.
Rating: Unrated
I made a batch of this for the super bowl and it was a great success! The only modification I made was the addition of 1 tablespoon light corn syrup and I let the caramel mixture cool before coating the popcorn. I didn't get any shrinkage on mine. YUM!
Rating: Unrated
I poured the hot syrup over the popcorn and they shrunk in the oven. however, they were very yummy. The only thing I will do different next time: MAKE MORE!
Rating: Unrated
If you use cooled syrup it will work out much better. Hope this helps
Rating: Unrated
I have tried this twice and I can't seem to get it right. When I pour the sugar syrup onto the popcorn, it shrinks up. I tried with both hot popcorn and day old popcorn with the same results. If anybody has a suggestion, let me know. Next I am going to try to let the syrup sit off the heat for a little bit before i pour.