Christmas Caramel Corn

Christmas Caramel Corn

Christmas Caramel Corn

This is what I give every Christmas and everyone loves it. Pop the corn fresh using an air popper, a pot on the stove or my paper bag microwave method (see my video) but do not use store bought popped or the packaged microwave kind. You’ll need a baking sheet with a rim so the mixture doesn’t spill out when you stir it.- Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Makes: about 9 cups

Christmas Caramel Corn


  • 8 cups fresh popped popcorn (1/3 cup popping corn)
  • 3/4 cup any nuts (almonds/walnuts/pecans/dry roasted peanuts)
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 250º F.
  2. Place popped corn into a large bowl. Place the nuts on top.
  3. Heat the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until butter is melted. Reduce heat and cook, undisturbed and uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in baking soda & vanilla.
  5. Pour the syrup over the nuts & popcorn, stirring quickly.
  6. Spread the mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for one hour, removing briefly every 15 minutes to stir.
  7. Spread the mixture onto wax paper to cool. It will seem sticky at first but it will dry up nicely.

Note: Plain corn syrup is not the same as high fructose corn syrup.

Christmas Caramel Corn

13 Comments on "Christmas Caramel Corn"

  1. Debbie

    Regarding your caramel corn. What does the baking soda do for the caramel. Just curious. Thanks

  2. Shaunese Alexander

    Hi Jenny. I love your caramel popcorn. Do you have a recipe for cheddar popcorn?

  3. Martin Daynorowicz

    Ms. Stronski — Despite your TV fame, I never knew about your Polish heritage and have enjoyed your YouTube vids as it aligns so much with my family’s traditions and cooking. (My father was also moreso the cook in the family as were most of the men — and now me, youngest of 7). Pierogi day is tomorrow and making Kruschiki, Kapusniak, and maybe a poppy seed roll if I have time. Since our folks are gone, I still try to keep tradition. Our Wegilia has morphed over the years but God forbid we have any meat on Christmas Eve! My mother would return from the grave and scold us. Passing the torch to the kids has been daunting. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  4. Kathy

    My college age granddaughter decided to make your Carmel corn for Christmas gifts…I offered to assist and provide guidance. She watched the’s great. We had so much fun making a total of 7 batches back to back. She said that it is so good she almost wanted to keep it and not give it away. What a great day we had!

    PS: Whar size bag do you use and where do you get them?

    • Tena

      I’ve noticed Amazon has the cellophane and paper bags for edible treats.
      Saw your question here and thought I would respond. Hope this helps ?

  5. AK

    Do you know what Temp the mixture is when it has boiled for 5 mins? I live at 8,000’ & must adjust recipes accordingly.
    Wonderful website. Great recipes, tips and sense of humor!

  6. deanna

    Hi Jenny Merry Christmas to you and yours, This corn was so
    yummy!! thank you, tomorrow stuffed cabbage rolls! Thank You Jenny, you are a comic, and I love it! keep smiling! your friend ~Dee

  7. Janice Rose

    You are so darn cute! I cannot wait to try your recipes. My kind of girl!

  8. Delphine Czewski

    Jenny, love to cook and love your recipes. My husband loves everything I have made so far from your recipes. I was wondering if you had any gluten-free recipes especially in the line of sweets? I also am Polish and loved the paczki recipe that you bake instead of fry. I have made them both ways, but love yours better. Have made your muffins, cinnamon rolls, blueberry coffee cake and ribs. Love your videos and you. You make it so much fun! God bless you!!

  9. vfromkcmo

    I am so glad to see some new recipes… I stumbled onto your site this past year and love all your recipes also am signed up for youtube videos… sooo am always waiting for new recipes from you!! The caramel corn was great and easy!! Thanks for all your time and effort!!

  10. Barbo

    Making this tonight. Husband is a connoisseur of caramel corn. (he thinks)
    Let u know if this passes his taste test (smile)

    • Barbo

      DH raved. It’s a winner!

      Also, I shall never make popcorn any way except the
      brown bag Jenny way.


    Thank you, thank you for the video! There were so many fine points covered that would not have translated without watching and listening to you. Love the final shot of you losing it! ?? I’m definitely going to make this for Bingo this weekend.

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