Baked Caramel Popcorn?

Caramel popcorn does not get hard, but turns into a powdery sugar after baking. Does anyone know what I did or what I can do to rectify the problem?


Thank you.

By Bob from Wilmington, NC

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September 18, 20090 found this helpful
Best Answer

What recipe are you using? Instead of baking, try this microwave recipe:

4 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Place the popped popcorn into a large brown paper bag. Set aside. In a 2 quart casserole dish, or other heat-proof glass dish, combine the brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup, salt and vanilla. Heat for 3 minutes in the microwave, then take out and stir until well blended. Return to the microwave, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes.


Remove from microwave, and stir in the baking soda. Pour syrup over the popcorn in the bag. Roll down the top once or twice to close the bag, and shake to coat the corn. Place bag into the microwave, and cook for 1 minute and 10 seconds. Remove, shake, flip the bag over, and return it to the microwave. Cook for another 1 minute and 10 seconds. Dump the popcorn out onto waxed paper, and let cool until coating is set. Store in an airtight container.
Good luck and let us know how you like :-)


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September 19, 20090 found this helpful

I've never had this problem, so I too would like to see your recipe first. Mine doesn't get hard until it cools, then I break it up. Let's see your recipe Bob.

September 20, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks for everyone who has responded. The recipe that I use is as follows:
* 5 quarts popped popcorn
* 2 C. brown sugar
* 1 C. butter
* 1/2 C. corn syrup


* 1 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
Bake in the oven at 250 degrees F. for 15 minutes, stir and repeat the baking 3 or 4 times.
It starts to get powdery after the 2nd and third baking cycle. Thanks again for everyone's assistance.

September 24, 20090 found this helpful

20ml butter
375ml brown sugar
90ml cold water
Melt butter and add sugar and water.
Stir over moderate heat until the sugar has dissolved then bring to a boil.Cover and cook for 3minutes until steam has washed the sugar crystals down the sides.
Boil until soft stage about 25 to 30 minutes,
Remove from heat and pour over popcorn and stir gently to coat.


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