A New Kind of Caramel Corn for a New Year

December 27, 2022
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Puffed Caramel Corn

Love caramel corn but hate kernels? This puffy snack doesn't have any kernels!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 52 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 631 kcal


  • 1 8 ounce bag corn puff snacks
  • 1 cup salted peanuts Optional
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Turn the oven up to 250 F. While that's heating up, combine the puffs and peanuts (if you're using them) in a big roasting pan.

  2. In a 2-quart saucepan, bring the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup to a boil. Cook and stir that stuff for 2 minutes, then take it off the heat. Stir in the baking soda until the mixture gets foamy. Pour that over the corn-peanut mixture in the pan and toss it around with a rubber spatula.

  3. Bake the prepped pan in the preheated oven, pausing to stir every 10 to 15 minutes, for 45 minutes total. They're done when a cooled piece of the corn has a crunchy texture.

  4. Spread the snacks on some waxed paper to cool. Afterward, break the pieces apart and store in an airtight container.


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