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Better Than Caramel Popcorn

Better Than Caramel Popcorn is gooey and deliciously sweet! The coating for the popcorn is made with butter, sugar and whipping cream - that's it!
Servings: 10 servings


  • 2 bags microwave popcorn make sure to use a more "natural" kind - no butter or salt so that you can taste the sauce better! or about 8 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream


  • Place popped popcorn in a large bowl and set aside while preparing the sauce.
  • Combine the butter, sugar and whipping cream and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Within a couple of minutes the sauce should be boiling, continue boiling until mixture reaches the soft ball stage (235-240 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Remove the mixture from heat and pour over the popcorn, stirring until all of the popcorn is well coated.  Make sure to serve immediately - this recipe is soooo much better warm!  Enjoy!


NOTE: You can use a thermometer to get the mixture to the right temperature, but I never used one in college and I usually don't use one now for this recipe. The mixture will just get to a point where it is thicker and starts to get a tiny bit darker and that's when it is ready. Since this isn't candy, you don't have to be quite as exact with the temperature but you definitely don't want to undercook since you will have soggy popcorn and you don't want to overcook or it will be too hard.