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Caramel Popcorn

Provided by: Chef Thomas Keller
Served at: Per Se

  • Type of Dish: Desserts: All, Desserts: Other, Sides
  • Servings: 8
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Special Requests: Quick and Easy
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1 cup popcorn
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon salted butter


Pop the popcorn.

To make the caramel, place the sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water in a large saucepan (large enough to hold the popcorn) and cook until the caramel turns a light golden brown. Add baking soda and butter to the caramel. Then add the popcorn to the hot caramel and stir with a wooden spoon until the popcorn is evenly coated.

Pour the caramelized popcorn onto a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and set aside to cool. Break up the popcorn with your hands. Serve in colored-cellophane bags.

(Published 2005)