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Gooey Vanilla Caramel Corn Recipe

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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Gooey Vanilla Caramel Corn Recipe
Recipe type: popcorn treat
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Serves: 10+
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!
  • ½ 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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 Do you love caramel corn as much as I do?

If you’d like to see more of my favorite recipes, you can find them right here on my blog. If you want to see what treats I PLAN to make in my future, check out my Delicious~Sweet Treats Desserts Pinterest page and follow along as I pin!

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  1. Courtney says:

    Can you (or your friend) please recommend a good candy thermometer? I’m not looking for anything super fancy or expensive, since to date I have never used one and probably won’t use it often – but I do want to make sure it is one that will work accurately. Thanks!

  2. Yum, yum, give me some. Caramel corn is the best! Thanks for a great recipe, Kristen. You kick butt.
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  3. This look so delish, Kris! mmm!
    Lolly Jane recently posted..cupboard door serving trayMy Profile

  4. This looks so delicious! Would you believe that I’ve never made a caramel corn at home? I know, I can’t believe it either! Well, I’m about to change that! Thanks for sharing your friend’s fabulous recipe.
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme recently posted..Fresh Strawberry Pie with Chocolate Cookie CrustMy Profile

  5. You had me at gooey. This looks just like the caramel corn my mom made all the time for my gigantic family. Popcorn is cheap and we loved the stuff :)
    Melissa @ Bless this Mess recently posted..How to clean and reseason cast ironMy Profile

  6. This looks delicious! I guess I need to buy a candy thermometer.

  7. OMG I need to make this now :)

  8. You have got to be kidding – this looks so so good. Vanilla is my favorite scent, favorite flavor. I can’t believe I’ve never had caramel, vanilla popcorn (I’ve had caramel, which is fantastic). It just looks…perfect.

    Did you take those pictures?? I need tips on taking food pictures! They look totally professional!

  9. Oh my WORD, that looks so good! Wow! I might be able to treat myself to some of that popcorn once a year, but other than that…. yikes. :D I wonder if there is something you could use besides the karo syrup… hmm…

    Found you on the Nifty Thrifty things link-up! :) You have a really cute blog! :D

    Julia @ The Resourceful Gals
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  10. We just wanted to let you know that we featured this post at this weeks Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly
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  11. Oh my heck…this looks amazing!!! Pinning!!
    Shatzi @ Love and Laundry recently posted..Rock this TestMy Profile

  12. Okay, now you’ve got my mouth watering and it is too late to make this popcorn! I’ll have to try tomorrow!
    Tonia@thegunnysack recently posted..Time To Sparkle Link Party #23My Profile

  13. Those photos are mouth-watering Kristen! What a yummy treat! Definitely putting this on my to-do list ; )
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  14. Seriously Kristen? This looks awesome! A great after school treat! Found this recipe on Pinterest! We’d love for you to come over to our newest link party over at The Inspiration Network: DELISH- a desserts only link party. Bring your desserts and let’s party!!

    Melanie and Diana
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  15. Looks so crazy good, Kristen!!

  16. Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely amazing!!!
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  17. Yum we love caramel corn, especially in the fall!
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  18. I love homemade caramel corn; adding vanilla sounds delicious!

  19. Tiona Gorman says:

    I made this but didn’t have popcorn, so I used rice chex, multi-grain cherios, coconut and a handful of almonds. It was amazing!!! I am going to make this for Christmas gifts.

  20. i make several candies for the holidays, caramels being the favored by most. These will be on this years list! Thank you for sharing!

  21. Hi, can i put in the oven the popcorns then you finish your instructions? i think they are a little sticky or iam wrong? sorry my english. kisses


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