Monica’s World Famous Caramel Corn

Caramel corn is the ultimate sweet and salty snack. Coated with brown sugar syrup and tossed with pecans and almonds, you can’t go wrong.

When I was a kid, my friend’s mom would make this caramel corn for us whenever she would come to our cottage. It is the best recipe I have ever tasted, hands down. So a few weeks ago it came up in conversation, she sent me the recipe, and now I’m addicted to caramel corn. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

On top of this recipe being delicious, it’s just fun to make. You can give it away in little tins or packages as gifts, or you can hide it away for yourself. Either way, it’s nice to be able to make a carnival-style snack in your own kitchen. Thanks Monica!Caramel Corn Text Caramel Corn with baseballCaramel corn in Bowl


  • 4 80g bags microwave popcorn (not butter flavoured), popped
  • 1 cup unblanched almonds
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • Pinch cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda


In 2 large roasting pans, combine popped popcorn evenly with almonds and pecans.

In a separate large, heavy saucepan, stir together sugars, butter, corn syrup and cream of tartar. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Let boil 5 minutes without stirring.

Remove saucepan from heat; stir in baking soda. Pour caramel evenly over popcorn mixture, stirring to coat well.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 10 minutes. Let cool, stirring occasionally to prevent clumping. Store in airtight tin for up to 1 week.Caramel CornCaramel Popcorn Cropped

7 Comments Add yours

  1. dragosbalan1 says:

    What I thought was awesome, was that the flavour stayed impeccable even the day after, it gave a chance for all the flavours to settle it and become just fantastic, Good work! 🙂

  2. JL says:

    Do you think I could make these without the cream of tartar? It’s not available in Finland 😦

    1. I read somewhere that you can substitute cream of tartar, just use a tiny bit of baking powder in its place, still only a a big pinch. I hope it works out! When I was making the caramel it looked good even before I added it 🙂

      1. JL says:

        Thanks for replying, I will try this! 🙂

      2. Let me know how it turns out!

  3. hsheena says:

    Thanks for a fantastic and easy recipe…I made it last night and it is delicious! I actually liked it so much I posted it on my blog as well!

    1. Thanks so much! Your photos look so yummy too 🙂

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