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homemade gingerbread caramel corn in a white bowl
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Gingerbread Caramel Corn

Sweet and crunchy, this easy homemade Caramel Corn with warm gingerbread spices is perfect for the Christmas season! 
Course Dessert, Snack, treats
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 806kcal
Cost $5

Equipment

  • medium saucepan
  • roasting pan
  • rimmed baking sheets

Ingredients

  • 20 cups popcorn
  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks
  • ¼ cup corn syrup light or dark
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 250°.
  • Place the popped corn in a roasting pan.
  • Heat the butter, corn syrup, molasses, brown sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted and everything is combined.
  • Allow the mixture to come to a boil, and let it boil for 5 minutes without stirring it.
  • Remove it from the heat, quickly add the vanilla extract, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Stir to combine.
  • Add the baking soda and stir. Mixture will bubble up and become foamy.
  • Pour the caramel over the popcorn and stir so that all of it is coated.
  • Bake in the oven for one hour, stirring every fifteen minutes.
  • Pour the caramel corn onto two rimmed baking sheets and allow to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

I recommend using a roasting pan because it’s much deeper and therefore easier to stir the caramel corn without it spilling over the sides.
Once the caramel is made, the recipe moves very quickly, so it’s a good idea to have your extract, spices and baking soda pre-measured and ready to go.
Using freshly grated nutmeg makes this even better!

Nutrition

Calories: 806kcal | Carbohydrates: 150g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 543mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 5mg