Popcornopolis Caramel Corn copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Popcornopolis Caramel Corn

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My new favorite caramel corn is from Popcornopolis. Its caramel coating is lighter in color and flavor than the dark molasses-heavy caramel coating on old-school caramel corn, like Cracker Jack. The flavor is more buttery, like butter toffee, with just a hint of molasses knocking at the back door.

To assemble this hack I worked with several versions of butter toffee candy, adding light brown sugar to bring in the molasses, and after several attempts finally landed on just the right combination of ingredients to best duplicate the flavor, color, and texture of the real thing.

You'll want a candy thermometer for this recipe for the best results, but if you don't have one you can estimate when the candy is done by using the time cue in the steps.

Vanilla is added at the end, so we don't cook out the flavor. You'll also add a little baking soda at the end, which will react with the acid in the molasses and create tiny air bubbles so the hardened candy has a more tender bite to it.

Check out our other candied popcorn clone recipes including Cracker JackPoppycockFiddle FaddleScreaming Yellow Zonkers, and Crunch 'n Munch

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  • 10 cups popcorn (from 1 to 2 bags natural microwave popcorn or 1/3 cup air-popped kernels)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
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Calli Elliott
Aug 9, 2020, 19:45

I have tried this recipe as is but also altered it to where it was all brown sugar and not a split between brown and granulated. I actually prefer the flavor of the all brown sugar. However with that being said this is a great popcorn recipe for caramel corn.

Dana White
Mar 28, 2020, 15:33


I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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