This pumpkin spice caramel corn is the perfect treat to get you into the spirit of autumn. It’s sweet, salty and full of all your favorite flavors. And it couldn’t be easier to make! You can whip up this easy caramel corn delicious snack in just 10 minutes with only 6 ingredients.
Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
This pumpkin spice caramel corn is the perfect treat to get you into the spirit of autumn. It’s sweet, salty and full of all your favorite flavors. And it couldn’t be easier to make! You can whip up this delicious snack in just a few minutes with only 6 ingredients. I recommend baking the popcorn for that crispy texture with a crunch when eaten later on or enjoy it while still warm right out of the oven. If you find yourself wanting something extra, add chocolate chips, toffee chips, or even some pumpkin pie spices over the top after it cools slightly but before storing in an airtight container.
Sometimes great things come out of an accident, like this amazing Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn. I used to work at a chocolate shop after I graduated college and I have made caramels so many times I can make them without even thinking. I wanted to make some yummy caramels for our mommy’s night out, and I was so frustrated and could not believe they separated when I was making them. Of course, I did not want to waste the caramel mixture I had made so I figured I would try to use it in a way that would be an awesome treat.
The caramel was still tasty just thinner than could be used for caramels themselves. I took a chance to make this homemade caramel corn and it came out amazing, everyone loved it and I am so glad that this mistake happened or we would not have this amazing Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn. You will want to use my homemade pumpkin pie spice when making this.
How to keep Pumpkin Caramel Popcorn fresh
After you make your caramel popcorn, you want it to taste great no matter when you eat it. There is nothing worse than stale popcorn. You want to make sure the pumpkin caramel popcorn is stored in an airtight container. You can also use a freezer bag.
How long does it last?
If you have ever had store bought caramel corn, you know that it seems like it lasts forever. Well, if you hide it, because otherwise it gets eaten right away. Since this makes a large batch of popcorn, 16 cups, you will have leftovers. The popcorn should last for about 3 months as long as it is store properly.
How to Keep Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn Crisp
You want to make sure you popcorn has that crispy texture with the crunch when you eat it later. To avoid the popcorn getting soggy, you want to make sure you bake it as directed. This crisps up the popcorn and gives it the texture you are expecting. Then you want to make sure it is cooled completely. If it is not cooled completely, it will have condensation in the container. This makes it soggy. Then you want to store it in an airtight container or freezer bag.
If you find that your popcorn got exposed to moisture, you can bake it again. Spread it out on the baking sheet and bake it for 10 minutes at 325 degrees.
Does the Caramel Corn have to be baked?
I recommend baking the popcorn. This gives it that crispiness you are expecting. It also helps it to stay fresh longer. However, if you find that you can not wait and you have to eat it without baking it, you can. It will not be crispy and the pumpkin spice caramel topping will be stickier and not as evenly coated as it is when you spread it out over the baking sheet.
Can you add anything to Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn?
If you like, when the caramel corn is still warm you can add sprinkles or nuts. Once it has cooled slightly, you can also add in things like chocolate chips, toffee chips, or pumpkin spice chips. You could also drizzle it with melted chocolate and let it cool over the popcorn.
Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn Ingredients
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 16 cups popped popcorn
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
Pop the popcorn by your preferred method, I like doing homemade microwave popcorn.
Preheat your oven to 245 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Pour the popcorn on the baking sheet.
In a sauce pan combine the butter, sugar, syrup, pumpkin pie spice together.
On medium-high heat, bring to a rapid boil and boil for five minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Pour caramel over popcorn mixture and stir to coat.
Place in oven for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Let the popcorn cool and break it apart.
Check out these other great Pumpkin Recipes
- Homemade Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Chocolate chip pancakes
- Pumpkin Muffins
- Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
- Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
- Soft pumpkin cookies
- Pumpkin Rice Krispie
Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
- Preheat your oven to 245 degrees.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a sauce pan combine the butter, sugar, syrup, pumpkin pie spice together.
- On medium-high heat, bring to a rapid boil and boil for five minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Pour caramel over popcorn mixture and stir to coat.
- Place in oven for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Let the popcorn cool and break it apart.
- Store in a air tight container.