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Homemade Caramel Popcorn


My brother, Keith, makes the best homemade caramel popcorn.  I think it is far superior to any bagged caramel popcorn you can buy at the store!  It is the tastiest caramel popcorn I’ve ever eaten!

Coming home to this yummy caramel popcorn makes me think of “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” sung by Frank Sinatra.  I love this “tasty” song!

Homemade Caramel Popcorn


  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Put popped popcorn into a very large, microwave safe bowl. Sift through by hand to remove any unpopped kernels.
  2. Put butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Add cream of tartar, salt, and soda. Stir until foamy.
  4. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn. Stir with a wooden spoon to coat the popcorn.
  5. Microwave caramel popcorn for 30 seconds on high. Stir. Microwave for 30 seconds again if popcorn is not crispy enough.
  6. Alternative: Put popcorn in a brown paper bag and microwave for 30 seconds, shake the bag and check to see how crispy. Repeat for 30 seconds if not crispy enough.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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