Crunch and Munch Caramel Popcorn

Crunch and Munch Caramel Popcorn is a wonderful (BUT VERY ADDICTIVE) snack that tastes just like the product from the store. I use as many “LITE” products as I can find to help reduce the calories, and it doesn’t seem to take away from the taste. This is a great afternoon snack and perfect for movie night. Enjoy and Happy Snacking!

a bowl of homemade crunch and munch caramel popcorn


Crunch and Munch Caramel Popcorn

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a bowl of homemade crunch and munch caramel popcorn

Crunch and Munch Caramel Popcorn

You can make Crunch and Munch popcorn at home.
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crunch and Munch, Popcorn Recipes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 365kcal


  • 5 quarts popcorn
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup you can use light or dark
  • 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups shelled peanuts


  • Preheat oven to 250 F. 
  • Spray a large turkey roaster with cooking spray. Pop the corn in microwave, and remove all unpopped kernels and pour into the roaster. Pour two cups peanuts on the top and try not to let too many fall to the bottom. (If they fall to the bottom, they do not get syrup and will not adhere to popcorn.) 
  • Melt butter in large saucepan (large pan; because it foams up at the last step and you need that extra size). To that, add Brown Sugar, Karo Syrup and Salt. Keep stirring and bring to a boil. Do not leave syrup unattended at any time. When it starts to boil, let it boil for 2 minutes undisturbed (no stirring allowed). 
  • Make sure you time it otherwise the sugar could burn. Then, turn off the burner but leave the pan on heat. Add vanilla and stir slightly until it boils again. Remove pan from heat and add soda, stirring vigorously to distribute evenly. Be careful not to let it overflow because the soda will make it foam up. While it is still foaming up, pour syrup over peanuts/popcorn and use the large wooden spoon to mix thoroughly to ensure all pieces are coated with syrup. Put roaster in the oven for up to 1 hour, 15 minutes. 
  • Stir mixture every 15 minutes until it begins to feel crunchy, then flatten popcorn down on cold counter top and let rest for about 30 minutes (or until cooled). After 30 minutes break into clumps and put in airtight jar or bag. Humidity will make product soggy if you leave overnight. If this should happen, just repeat oven procedure until it gets crunchy again. Be extremely careful when working with the hot syrup. Its temperature is very high and can cause serious burns if spilled. This snack can also be made way ahead of time if kept in an airtight container. It keeps very well! But… hide it or it will be gone before you know it. Thanks to dewdropflower for sharing this recipe!


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.7mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Essie

    5 stars
    I veganized this with butter-flavored organic coconut oil instead of butter. It didn’t even need to be baked afterward — so crunchy and delicious! Will definitely be making this again <3

  2. Akilah Albuoy

    5 stars
    This was awesome and just right! I used Dark Syrup and it was perfect. Not sticky at all but nice and crunchy after in the oven for and 1hour and 15 minutes. This is now my favorite caramel recipe now.

  3. Beverly Merchant

    5 stars
    I made this with one exception! after reading ingredients on a box of crunch and munch I used 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 brown sugar! Wonderful

  4. Buffalo momma

    I make this alot and it ALWAYS goes fast! I don’t use the microwave popcorn, instead I use a hot air popper and kernals….this way there is no butter or anything on it before you top it with the caramel sauce.

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