My Mom’s Famous Caramel Popcorn

My Mom’s Famous Caramel Popcorn

This is the popcorn I grew up on. I do not know where mom got this Famous Caramel Popcorn recipe from but it tastes amazing. You cannot stop eating it!!

Believe me when I say My Mom’s Homemade Caramel Popcorn is the best caramel corn recipe you will ever make! This caramel popcorn is soft and sticky and finger-licking good!!

Although popcorn has been around for over 5,000 years, it was Louis and Frederick Rueckheim who started the delicious caramel popcorn recipe. In 1870, they started experimenting will all sorts of coated popcorn at their popcorn store in Chicago. The recipe that led to caramel popcorn was made from molasses, peanuts, and popcorn but they called it “The Best Carmel Corn.”

Ingredients needed:

  • Popped popcorn
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • White sugar
  • Dark Karo corn syrup
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Baking soda


Remove from heat, then add the baking soda and watch it foam up!

Baking soda is needed in this recipe because it reacts with brown sugar and corn syrup to make carbon dioxide bubbles of air. It will cause it to become frothy which makes the caramel a lot softer.


When you are popping your corn you will need 1/2 cup kernels, which yields plenty of popcorn for a little crowd (anywhere from 10 to 14 cups).

 This popcorn tastes amazing … buttery and caramel-y just the way it should. It’s so easy, anyone can make it! It only needs a few ingredients and no oven is needed. 

This popcorn is so addicting and you are going to love it! Grab your apron and make a batch and you will know why My Mom’s Caramel Popcorn recipe is a keeper.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel popcorn, popcorn recipe


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dark karo
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 cube butter


  • Boil the brown sugar, white, sugar, water, dark Karo syrup, Cream of Tatar, and butter for 5 minutes.
  • When done add 1/4 t. soda and stir good. Pour over popcorn and stir till all corn is covered.
  • This recipe covers a roaster pan full.
  • Betcha can't eat just one bowl!