Home · Recipes Caramel Nut Popcorn Crunch Author: Maryanne CabreraPublished: Oct 15, 2014Updated: Mar 4, 2021 View Recipe10 ReviewsThis post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy. Calling all fans of Cracker Jack and Crunch n’ Munch! Whip up your own homemade version using this caramel nut popcorn crunch recipe. Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowds, buy me some peanut and crackerjack… This homemade popcorn crunch recipe packs together freshly popped popcorn with caramel sauce, salted peanut, and salted almonds. It’s a crunchy, sweet, and salty snack perfect for baseball games, movie nights, and cozy nights in. Homemade Caramel Popcorn More than often, store bought caramel popcorn is far too sweet. This caramel crunch popcorn is a fine balance of sweet and salty. The popcorn is lightly coated with caramel. A touch of ground cinnamon is added to the caramel to cut through the sweetness and balance out the burnt sugar bitterness. To amp the crunch factor, salted peanuts and salted almonds are thrown into the mix. Special Tools Needed: large heavy bottomed sauce potcandy thermometerlarge mixing bowlnon-stick silicone baking mat (or parchment paper) Cook the caramel sauce in a large heavy bottom sauce pot. I recommend a 5 to 7 quart pot. Heavy bottomed pot will help to ensure even heat distrution. Candy thermometer is a vital tool! The caramel sauce needs to be cooked to 250°F to set properly. Grab the largest mixing bowl you have. It should be large enough to hold 10 cups of popped popcorn. Be sure the bowl can withstand heat. Spread caramel coated popcorn in a single layer on a silicone mat lined baking sheet (or parchment lined). Pop in the oven for about an hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Eat the caramel crunch popcorn on its own… or use it to top desserts! Caramel popcorn is the perfect topping for chocolate cake! I use extra caramel crunch popcorn to top this peanut butter chocolate cake for Halloween! Caramel Nut Crunch Popcorn Whip up a batch of these caramel nut popcorn crunch. It's a homemade version of Cracker Jacks and Crunch N Munch!Yield: about 11 cups Prep Time: 15 minutes minutesCook Time: 1 hour hour 15 minutes minutesTotal Time: 1 hour hour 30 minutes minutes Servings: 4 people Print Recipe Pin Recipe Rate Recipe Ingredients3 oz bag microwave popcorn (no oil or salt added),* about 10 cups popped½ cup unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons1 cup brown sugar, packed¼ cup light corn syrup¼ cup water½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon kosher salt1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 cup salted peanuts¾ cup salted almonds Instructions Preheat oven to 250°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper (or silpat non-stick baking mat) and set aside.Place popcorn in the largest bowl you have. Set asideIn a heavy bottomed sauce pot, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and water. Set over medium heat to melt butter and sugar. Using a candy thermometer (or food safe thermometer), cooked mixture to 250° F. Stir mixture as needed to ensure even cooking.Once desired temperature is reached, remove pot from heat. Add baking soda and whisk to combine. (BE CAREFUL when adding the baking soda, as the caramel mixture will bubble up and rise!) Whisk in salt, vanilla, and cinnamon until combined.Pour hot caramel over popcorn. Using a large spatula, fold to distribute caramel. Add peanuts and almonds and fold until incorporated. Spread caramel popcorn into an even layer over prepared baking. (If necessary, use more than one baking sheet if popcorn does not fit.) Bake for 60 minutes, stirring popcorn every 20 minutes to ensure even caramel coating.Remove from oven and let popcorn mixture cool slightly. Break up any large chunks that may have formed. Allow to cook to room temperature and store in an airtight container. NotesUse this recipe post to make your own microwave popcorn bag. Author: Maryanne Cabrera Course: SnackCuisine: AmericanKeyword: caramel popcorn, homemade caramel corn, caramel crunch popcorn, cracker jack Did you make this recipe?Show us on Instagram! Tag @littleepicurean and hashtag #littleepicurean.