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Movie Candy Caramel Corn


  • 16 cups popped popcorn
  • 5 cups mini pretzels
  • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 2 cups favorite candy; candy corn, mini chocolate mints, chocolate covered raisins or peanuts, M&M's, bridge mix or whatever you would like


  1. Heat oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. In large roasting pan combine popcorn and pretzels; set aside.
  3. In 2-quart saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mix comes to a boil (12-14 minutes). Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until candy thermometer reads 238 degrees F or small amount of mix dropped in ice water forms a soft ball (4-6 minutes).
  4. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. Pour over popcorn mixture; sprinkle peanuts over coating. Stir until popcorn is coated.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes; stir.
  6. Continue baking for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven; stir in candy.
  8. Immediately place caramel corn on wax paper; cool completely.
  9. Break into pieces.
  10. Store in tightly covered container.

Makes 24 cups.

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