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Old Fashioned Caramel Corn

Grandma Ruth's Old Fashioned Caramel Corn

I have the biggest smile on my face right now.   As my youngest gal walked in the front door from school today, I heard her leap up the front stairs and bounce into the kitchen and say “I just love to come home to these delicious smells!”  “It’s a happy day Mom!”

Making good use of my beautiful Trifle Bowl!

Ok, my heart just melted into a huge puddle.  I had just pulled Heidi’s Spiced Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake (to be posted soon!) out of the oven and popped some old-fashioned caramel corn into the oven.  My house smelled like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all at the same time.

Caramel Corn ready for a low temp bake

It didn’t take long and the entire Bennett Crew was in my kitchen, hoping I’d let them all “taste test” the desserts.  Yep, that’s code for “we’d love a piece thank you”.

Even Tank got into the action, snapping up the popcorn that fell on the kitchen floor.  Yay for my little floor sweeper!

Tank begging for a treat. Snapped with an iTouch, and just too cute not to post!

My kitchen isn’t very big and I found myself elbow to elbow with three people and a Cairn Terrier.  So I told my crew they’d be doing the dishes if they didn’t scoot.

That’ll clear out a kitchen every time. 🙂

Perfect for Holiday Baking!

Grandma Ruth’s Old Fashioned Caramel Corn

This recipe was given to me by Grandma Ruth’s Granddaughter, Linda.  Both lovely ladies, Linda lives abroad now and Grandma Ruth has passed.  Grandma Ruth lived a wonderful life and celebrated her 100th birthday shortly before her passing.  Here’s to Grandma Ruth and all the spunky, strong women of generations past!


4 ½ – 5 Quarts popped plain popcorn

2 Cups Brown Sugar

½ Cup light corn syrup (Karo)

1 Cup Butter

1 tsp salt

¼ Cream of Tartar

1 tsp baking soda

Buttered large bowls (at least 2)

Buttered cookie sheets (at least 2)


Combine brown sugar, karo syrup, butter, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot.  Cook for 2-3 minutes until all the ingredients are nice and combined.

Next add the baking soda, it’ll foam and bubble up, so be careful.  Once the baking soda has combined with the other ingredients take it off the heat.

Put the popcorn in large buttered bowls (I use 2 bowls), next add Carmel glaze to all popcorn distributing evenly and toss to coat.

Next pour popcorn onto buttered cookie sheets and bake at 200 degrees for one hour.

Let the caramel corn cool and then break apart and store in Ziploc bags, or place in individual treat bags.  Keep in a cool dry place.


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    October 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Wow, that would be amazing to come home to! Looks delicious!

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      October 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you! It’s a fun fall recipe that both my girls (and honey) love! I can’t wait to check out your blog! Love the title. Happy Cooking!

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    October 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Hy Karista,
    chanced upon your space while blog hopping…glad I stopped by..!
    amazing space you have with gorgeous posts..
    love your presentation.
    excellent cliks..
    Am yur happy follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

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      October 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Jay! I’ll happily checkout your blog too. Happy Cooking!

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    October 23, 2013 at 3:15 am

    You always make my taste buds curious!

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      October 24, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      🙂 Yay, that’s my job. Hugs sweet friend!

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    October 23, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Karista, I love caramel corn and this recipe sounds easy enough to make me want to give it a go! Thanks!

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      October 24, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      It’s so easy to make and so much fun. My girls love making this every year and it’s a lovely gift for friends and neighbors.

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    Cheryl Chance
    October 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I saved this recipe, Karista…it looks so awesome, I can almost smell it from here! Can’t wait to try it this weekend for company…

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      October 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      The sweetest lady on our street gave me her recipe. She was 99 years old at the time. We called her Grandma Ruth. And now her caramel corn lives on. 🙂 Enjoy!

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