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Caramel Coated Puff Corn is just the perfect combination of a crispy caramel crunch that is buttery, salty, and sweet. It is best to make two batches of this treat as it is a bit addicting.

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Caramel Coated Puff Corn
Caramel Coated Puff Corn

Holiday Baking Treat

The past few years, my holiday baking list continues to incorporate easier treats and snacks. This is one that has been added and the whole family just loves this homemade indulgence.

Make a beautiful and welcomed gift for someone special throughout the year. Just place in a pretty tin or other airtight container. Add a bit of ribbon and a tag.

Pretty Homemade Gift
Pretty Homemade Gift

Movie and Potluck Snack

Make this throughout the year as a scrumptious snack for movie night. It takes about an hour to make and 30 minutes for the caramel to set up. Therefore, it is rather easy and quick to make this snack for a wide variety of occasions. Even just staying home and enjoying a moving night.

The next time you need to bring a dish to pass, whip up a quick batch of this caramel puff corn, bring it to the party and just watch it disappear.

Perfect for the game day snack table too.

Scrumptious Party Snack
Scrumptious Party Snack

Caramel Corn or Puff Corn or Crack Corn

This recipe combines a homemade buttery caramel sauce with a bag of simple puff corn. However, the same sauce can be used with regular popped corn. Today, I used an 8-ounce bag of the Puff Corn. Just swap that out for 8-ounces of popped corn and you are all set.

The Caramel Puff Corn is truly irresistible with its crunchy outside and soft puffy, buttery goodness on the inside.

This treat has been referred to as Crack Corn by many. It is very hard to have just one!

How is Puff Corn Made and What is Puff Corn?

You may have never heard of Puff Corn where you live. Minnesota is where this puffcorn snack originates from; therefore, in Wisconsin, it is readily available in most grocery stores.

Puff Corn is a snack that is a tasty and affordable cereal‐based food product. It is made using a thermodynamic process where the dough is passed through a tube and baked under a certain amount of pressure. When the dough is extruded out of the high pressure, steam is created causing it to “puff.”

Snacking on Puffcorn
Snacking on Puffcorn

Caramel Coated Puff Corn Recipe Ingredients

Old Dutch Puff Corn. I have not ever found any other brand in the stores; therefore, this is the one that I get all the time. Just the normal butter flavor.

Butter. It is important to use real butter for this recipe. If not used, it could cause the caramel sauce to separate or crystalize.

Brown Sugar. This can be dark or light. I have made it with both, and it tastes great.

Light Corn Syrup. Using this in the caramel sauce will ensure that all the caramel ingredients combine and stay together throughout the heating process. I have tried to make this without it and it has separated. So, I always use this.

Baking Soda. Once this is added, the caramel sauce will begin to have a foamy appearance. That is normal.

Cooling Puff Corn on Sheet Pan
Cooling Puff Corn on Sheet Pan

Caramel Corn Recipe Success

Start by preheating your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. While this is heating, start the caramel sauce.

Combine the butter, brown sugar, and light corn syrup in a 2-quart saucepan. I just use a kettle for this.

Cook on medium heat until the mixture has melted stirring constantly until the mixture is boiling.

Then stop stirring, turn the heat down a bit and let the caramel mixture boil 3 minutes.

Turn off the heat and add the baking soda. Stir to incorporate.

Pour the Puffcorn out of the bag into a large roasting pan or a large stainless-steel bowl. (something that can be placed in the oven and will allow the Puffcorn to be stirred).

Pour the caramel sauce over the Puffcorn and stir to incorporate.

Place in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 45 minutes uncovered. Stir every 10-15 minutes. Baking helps even out the caramel coating. Stirring will help distribute the caramel a bit more evenly.

Remove from the oven and divide between two large cookie sheets or two half sheet pans lined with waxed paper and let cool and the caramel set up. 

Once cooled, break apart and enjoy, bring to your next party, or give as a gift.

Scrumptious Party Snack
Scrumptious Party Snack

Variations to the Recipe

Add 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract or other flavoring, such as almond, just before adding the baking soda.

If you like a salted caramel taste, sprinkle a bit of flaked sea salt over the Caramel Puff corn right when it is transferred to the cooling pans.

Add 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon or ½ Teaspoon of Nutmeg when the baking soda is added.

Drizzle with melted chocolate once the Caramel Puffcorn has cooled.

Add 1 cup of raisins, craisins, nuts or other dried fruit to the Puffcorn mixture.

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Caramel Coated Puff Corn

Caramel Coated Puff Corn is just the perfect combination of a crispy caramel crunch that is buttery, salty, and sweet. It is best to make two batches of this treat as it is a bit addicting.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel, christmas candy, game day, holiday recipe, potluck, snack
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 500kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Old Dutch Puffcorn 1 package or (2-3.5 ounce packages)
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 1/4 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 Cups Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Instructions

  • Start by preheating your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. While this is heating, start the caramel sauce. Combine the butter, brown sugar, and light corn syrup in a2-quart saucepan. I just use a kettle for this.
  • Cook on medium heat until the mixture has melted stirring constantly until the mixture is boiling. Then stop stirring, turn the heat down a bit and let the caramel mixture boil 3 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and add the baking soda. Stir to incorporate.
  • Pour the Puffcorn out of the bag into a large roasting pan or a large stainless-steel bowl. (something that can be placed in the oven and will allow the Puffcorn to be stirred).
    Pour the caramel sauce over the Puffcorn and stir to incorporate.
    Coated Puff Corn Ready for Baking
  • Place in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 45 minutes uncovered. Stir every 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and divide between two large cookie sheets or two half sheet pans lined with waxed paper and let cool and the caramel set up. 
    Cooling Puff Corn on Sheet Pan
  • Once cooled, break apart and enjoy, bring to your next party, or give as a gift.
    Scrumptious Party Snack

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Notes

Variations to the Recipe
Add 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract or other flavoring, such as almond, just before adding the baking soda.
If you like a salted caramel taste, sprinkle a bit of flaked sea salt over the Caramel Puff corn right when it is transferred to the cooling pans.
Add 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon or ½ Teaspoon of Nutmeg when the baking soda is added.
Drizzle with melted chocolate once the Caramel Puffcorn has cooled.
Add 1 cup of raisins, craisins, nuts or other dried fruit to the Puffcorn mixture.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 523IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 10mg

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