Caramel corn, a perennial Halloween favorite, gets an upgrade with the addition of chopped cashews and drizzled white chocolate. It can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week so you can enjoy it for the days leading up to October 31.



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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place popcorn and nuts in a large bowl. Melt butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir in corn syrup, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook until sugar dissolves, stirring once or twice. Raise heat to high, and bring to a boil (do not stir). Boil, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 248 degrees, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in baking soda.

  • Pour caramel over popcorn mixture, stirring to coat thoroughly. Transfer to 2 rimmed baking sheets, spreading in a single layer. Bake 45 minutes, stirring twice. Test doneness by removing a few pieces of popcorn from oven; if they crisp within 1 minute, popcorn is ready. Remove from oven, and immediately sprinkle with remaining salt. Let cool completely.

  • Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until melted and completely smooth. Fill a small resealable plastic bag with chocolate, and snip a tiny hole in 1 corner. Drizzle chocolate over caramel corn. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 10 minutes, before breaking up.

Cook's Notes

Caramel corn can be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Reviews (3)

26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5.0 stars
Made this for Christmas gift boxes and it was my most requested recipe that year. Delicious, easy recipe. The cashews are a wonderful addition that most people don't expect.
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Tried twice and the ingredients won't print
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This recipe is delicious and very easy to make. It's now a family favorite!
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I made this today and thought it was delicious. It was pretty simple, and is just a nice fall snack to serve at a party when guests will be grazing (rather than a sit down meal). I added extra sea salt because I love the flavor of salted caramel.