Toffee Popcorn

    1 hour 30 min

    Great toffee popcorn for any occasion. This is especially fun to make for kids birthday parties, as a wholesome homemade treat. If you like chewy popcorn, bake less.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 250g butter
    • 450g dark brown soft sugar
    • 8 tablespoons golden syrup
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 250g popped popcorn

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 120 C / Gas 1/2. Place popcorn in a very large bowl.
    2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, golden syrup and salt. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in bicarb and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.
    3. Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

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    Yeah was ok , far far too much toffee, I made some crunchy and some not . Easily burnt if not watched. And I used 2 bags of microwave popcorn without any unpopped corn  -  09 Dec 2017


    I have never rated a recipe before, simply as all the recipes that I try from the site are fantastic, and much smarter cooks than I always give great feedback. However, one tip on this recipe was SO helpful--Linda Mc advised to put the popcorn in the pan to warm in the oven before adding the brown sugar mixture, and that was the KEY. The first batch (with cold popcorn) was a disaster, but with the warm popcorn in the roasting pan already, the mixing was a breeze and the batch was fantastic! Thanks to everyone for all the tips that are so helpful!  -  01 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Yummy! I reduced the butter to 1/2 lb like others suggested - perfect. I used a 12 quart stainless steel All-clad stockpot to pop kernels, make the caramel, and coat the popcorn (the pot was covered in oil from popping the corn and the caramel didn't stick - w/plenty of room to stir). Note: there is no way you would ever find me mixing this in my sink - impeccably clean as it is, the thought is repulsive to me! (no offense to anyone who thinks this is acceptable). Anyway, I poured the coated popcorn onto 2 silpat lined sheet pans (was fresh out of nonstick foil). I only baked one of the sheet pans because the kids begged me to let them keep eating the other one. For softer/chewy/shiny version, don't bake. For firm/crispy/non-shiny version, bake, but reduce baking time to 45 min. I used tongs to break up clumps while baking and cooling. We loved both versions. Hints: 1. Reduce butter in half. 2. Use a good quality, heavy pot. 3. If possible, avoid microwave popcorn. 4. Remove unpopped kernels before coating. 5. Keep popcorn warm in 250 oven until ready to coat. 6. Stir with a silicone spatula. 7. For softer/chewy/shiny version, don't bake. For firm/crispy/non-shiny version, bake, but reduce time to 45 min. 8. And most importantly, if you mix this in your sink, don't give any to me!  -  23 Aug 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)