easy homemade gluten-free caramel corn
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Granny’s  Baked Caramel Corn ~ Gluten-Free

Granny’s Baked Caramel Corn is a cherished recipe from a very special friend of mine that I went to high school with. This is a four-generation family recipe that her grandmother loved to make. I have never found another baked caramel corn recipe I liked better. This is the real deal right here!!
Granny’s caramel corn is light, crunchy, and sooo delicious that I bet you won’t be able to stop at one, two, or even three handfuls!!
easy homemade gluten-free caramel corn


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Caramel corn can be made with or without nuts and with either light or dark corn syrup.  We are huge nut fans, in fact, the more the better!

When we go to the beach one of our favorite stops is the caramel corn shop. The smell of fresh caramel corn pulls you in right off the streets! This tradition probably started from my childhood when my grandparents would take us camping. Without fail, they would always stop and buy caramel corn on the way.

easy delicious homemade caramel corn

To Make Granny’s Baked Caramel Corn You Will Need These Items:

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Light or dark corn syrup
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla
  • Popped popcorn ~ Skinny Pop works too
  • Mixed nuts, cashews, or peanuts. (optional) omit for nut-free

Store baked caramel corn in an airtight container.


If you like the “chewier” type of caramel corn try Gabe’s Firehouse Caramel Corn.

Delicious caramel corn



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Granny's Baked Caramel Corn

The best baked caramel corn you will ever eat. An easy recipe the whole family will enjoy. Perfect for movie nights, parties, and holidays.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel corn, egg-free, flourless recipe, gluten-free, holidays, nut-free, party food, soy-free, tailgate food
Author: Mary


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 qts. popped popcorn Remove any kernels that didn't pop.
  • 1 1/2 cups nuts Mixed, cashews, or peanuts (optional) Omit for nut-free diets.


  • Preheat oven to 250.
  • Melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.
  • Bring mixture to a boil and gently boil for 5 minutes, stirring the entire time. Remove from heat, stir in baking soda and vanilla.
  • Pour mixture over popcorn and add in nuts if you choose. Mix well.
  • Divide coated popcorn onto two large baking sheets with edges. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour turning over or gently stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  • Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

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