Praline Popcorn

Praline Popcorn – we are obsessed with this dessert! SOOOO good! Sweet and Salty in every bite! Super easy to make and no candy thermometer required! Popcorn, salted pecans, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, baking soda. The BEST Caramel Popcorn I’ve ever eaten. Can make ahead of time and store in an airtight container. Great for a movie night, parties or homemade gift!

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Easy Homemade Caramel Popcorn Recipe

This Praline Popcorn should come with a warning label. It is crazy good! I whipped up a batch yesterday and it is almost gone. You can’t walk past this caramel popcorn and not take a bite. Sweet & salty in every bite. YUM! This recipe makes a ton, so it is great for sharing with friends. I am taking a batch to a football party this weekend.

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How to Make Homemade Praline Caramel Popcorn

This popcorn is super easy to make – too easy! Pop two bags of microwave popcorn according to the package instructions. Place the microwave-popped popcorn and pecans in a giant bowl. Remove any unpopped popcorn kernels. 

Next, make the caramel mixture. Combine light corn syrup, unsalted butter, and brown sugar in a large saucepan. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat. Stir in vanilla extract and baking soda. Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and pecans. Stir with a silicone spatula until the popcorn and pecans are well coated with the caramel sauce.

Pour the coated popcorn onto large rimmed baking sheets and bake in the oven for an hour. Finally spread the popcorn on to parchment paper or wax paper and let it cool.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can use any flavor of microwave popcorn that you prefer. I used buttered popcorn for this batch because that is what I had in the pantry. I think plain, salted, or kettle corn would be good too.
  • You are going to want to use a large saucepan for the caramel mixture. When you add the baking soda, the mixture is going to foam up and expand. If you use a small saucepan, you will have a giant mess!
  • What does baking soda do? The baking soda makes the sugar mixture light and airy – perfect for caramel corn.
  • I use lightly salted pecan halves. You can use any nuts that you enjoy. Walnuts, cashews, or almonds are equally delicious.
  • For extra fancy popcorn, drizzle melted white chocolate over the cooled popcorn.
  • How Long with Praline Caramel Popcorn Keep? This will keep for several weeks in an air-tight container. I place the cooled caramel corn in gallon ziplock bags. Great for storage and easy snacking.
  • Is Caramel Popcorn gluten-free? Yes! This is a delicious gluten-free dessert.
  • Store popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature.
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Praline Caramel Popcorn Makes a Great Gift

As I said, this recipe makes a lot of popcorn. It is great for homemade holiday gifts. Put some in cellophane bags with a ribbon. Perfect for co-workers, teachers, bus drivers, and neighbors. I like to make a batch for holiday snacking. You can’t go wrong with a big batch at Thanksgiving and Christmas! It is also great for tailgating. Basically, this is great for everything! LOL!

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Praline Popcorn

Yield: 13 cups
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Praline Popcorn – highly addictive!! SOOOO good! Sweet and Salty in every bite! The BEST Caramel Popcorn I’ve ever eaten. Popcorn, pecans, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, baking soda. Can make ahead of time and store in an air-tight container. Great for a party or homemade gift! #popcorn #caramel #caramelpopcorn #homemadegift #holidays

Ingredients:

  • 2 (3.3-oz) bags of microwave popcorn
  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup corn syrup
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp baking soda

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 250ºF.
  • Pop popcorn according to package directions.
  • In a large bowl, combine popcorn and pecans.
  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour over popcorn mixture, tossing to coat evenly.
  • Pour popcorn mixture into a rimmed 15×10-inch pan. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.
  • Pour onto wax or parchment paper to cool. Break into pieces.

Notes:

  • You can use any flavor of microwave popcorn that you prefer. I used buttered popcorn for this batch because that is what I had in the pantry. I think plain or kettle corn would be good too.
  • You are going to want to use a large saucepan for the caramel mixture. When you add the baking soda, the mixture is going to foam up and expand. If you use a small saucepan, you will have a giant mess!
  • What does the baking soda do? The baking soda makes the sugar mixture light and airy – perfect for caramel corn. 
  • How Long with Praline Caramel Popcorn Keep? This will keep for several weeks in an air-tight container. I place the cooled caramel corn in gallon ziplock bags. Great for storage and easy snacking.

Steph

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  1. Hi! For the Praline Popcorn recipe can you use bagged popcorn, like Skinny Pop, instead of 2 packs of microwave popcorn? The recipe says it makes 13 cups. Would that be the same amount if I use pre-popped popcorn?
    Thank you.

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