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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