Gooey Vanilla Caramel Corn Recipe

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My friend Suzette has the most amazing caramel corn recipe, and I’ve since declared it Gooey Vanilla Caramel Corn because of it’s unique consistency and ingredients. She’s made it for me several times, and since I got the recipe over a year ago, I’ve made it quite a few times myself. I love it so much, I HAVE to share it! I am quite picky with my treats, so I only share the best of the best.

First off, it has Sweetened Condensed milk in it that contributes to the Gooey=YUM! Second, it has pure Vanilla mixed in=Double YUM! Add to that brown sugar, butter, and Karo syrup, and we’ve got some pure yumminess. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking…recipe at the bottom.

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Caramel Corn Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Gooey Vanilla Caramel Corn
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
This Gooey Vanilla Caramel Corn Recipe is sure to delight kids and adults alike. I used microwave popcorn for ease, but popping your own is also fun!
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel corn
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Kristen Duke
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar not packed
  • 1 cup light Karo Syrup
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk 10 oz.
  • 1 teaspoon good pure Vanilla
  • 4 to 5 quarts popped popcorn 2.5-3 bags microwave popcorn
  1. Combine butter, sugar, Karo syrup in saucepan over medium heat and stir well. Keep stirring over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. When mixture comes to a slow boil, add your condensed milk – keep stirring. Stir constantly until mixture comes to a soft ball stage and test with a candy thermometer (*234-238 degrees). Stir in vanilla,pour over popcorn. Stir to coat.
  2. *If you don't have a candy thermometer to test the soft ball stage, you can test it in ice water by dripping some caramel from a spoon into ice water and once you can form a ball the Carmel is done.
  3. This batch treats my family of 6 plus some extra to give to friends


Now go ahead and make a batch for your next family movie night, or after school snack for the kids. Make sure you have a plan to share with someone you love, or you might just eat the whole bowl. ENJOY!!!

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