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Homemade caramel corn is a delicious sweet treat. This easy version uses only sugar, butter, vanilla, cream, and salt to make a creamy caramel sauce. Vegan caramel recipe also included.

Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe

  • Author: Bren
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Tbsp 1x
  • Category: American
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

Homemade caramel is a delicious sweet treat. This easy version uses only sugar, butter, vanilla, cream, and salt to make a creamy caramel sauce. Vegan caramel recipe also included.


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups refined granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or refined coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream or coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Use a heavy duty, uncoated 3-4 quart saucepan that is the same size as your burner ( I use a stainless steel saucepan). Measure all ingredients and set aside (this is very important as the last steps more quickly).
  2. Pour sugar evenly across the bottom of the pan and top with water.
    Homemade caramel corn is a delicious sweet treat. This easy version uses only sugar, butter, vanilla, cream, and salt to make a creamy caramel sauce. Vegan caramel recipe also included.
  3. Heat over medium high heat until the mixture begins to boil. Do not stir.
    Homemade caramel corn is a delicious sweet treat. This easy version uses only sugar, butter, vanilla, cream, and salt to make a creamy caramel sauce. Vegan caramel recipe also included.
  4. Watch closely for the color of the boiling mixture to change from clear to a golden (this takes about 10 minutes).
    Homemade caramel corn is a delicious sweet treat. This easy version uses only sugar, butter, vanilla, cream, and salt to make a creamy caramel sauce. Vegan caramel recipe also included.
  5. Watch for the sugar to deepen to a slightly brown color. You may smell the scent of caramel but do not want to smell burning.
    Homemade caramel corn is a delicious sweet treat. This easy version uses only sugar, butter, vanilla, cream, and salt to make a creamy caramel sauce. Vegan caramel recipe also included.
  6. Remove the sugar and water mixture from the heat once it reaches the brown color. (This is the color when it is not boiling.)
    Homemade caramel corn is a delicious sweet treat. This easy version uses only sugar, butter, vanilla, cream, and salt to make a creamy caramel sauce. Vegan caramel recipe also included.
  7. Quickly stir in the remaining ingredients using a wooden spoon. The mixture will bubble and boil as you add the ingredients, keep stiring until it is completely smooth.
    Homemade caramel corn is a delicious sweet treat. This easy version uses only sugar, butter, vanilla, cream, and salt to make a creamy caramel sauce. Vegan caramel recipe also included.
  8. Makes a little over 1 cup. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
    Homemade caramel corn is a delicious sweet treat. This easy version uses only sugar, butter, vanilla, cream, and salt to make a creamy caramel sauce. Vegan caramel recipe also included.

Notes

Homemade Caramel Corn Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 16 cups air popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup of kernels)
  2. 1 cup homemade caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. Pop popcorn in a air popper. Sort through and remove all unpopped kernels.
  2. Pour hot caramel sauce over the popcorn a little at a time.
  3. Stir the popcorn gently until it is well coated with caramel.
  4. Spread the caramel corn on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees for chewy caramel corn or 10 minutes for crispy caramel corn.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 210

Keywords: Homemade Caramel Corn

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