Saturday, December 3, 2011

Coconut Pecan Caramel Corn

I do have more pressing things to do with my time, like lesson planning, laundry, cleaning, etc.

But as I do some of those things, my mind wanders to possible yummy things I could make. As I was cleaning off my kitchen counters today, I found some leftover toasted coconut I had from my last batch of Nanaimo Bars, and I didn't want to throw it away. So I decided to add it, and even more coconut and chopped pecans to a batch of caramel corn: Coconut Pecan Caramel Corn.
It tastes great, but I'll have to tweak the recipe a little since a lot of the coconut & pecans didn't stick very well. They still taste good scooped up by themselves, but I wanted it stuck to the caramel corn.

This caramel corn is just another fun way to eat myself silly.

Coconut Pecan Caramel Corn

  • 1 C brown sugar 
  • 1 stick butter 
  • 1/4 C light corn syrup 
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 4-6 quarts plain popped popcorn (I pop mine on the stove with some canola oil; air-popped is good too) 
  • 1 cup flake coconut 
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, lightly toasted Instructions

Preheat oven to 250°.

Put brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt into a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high until butter is mostly melted and then stir to combine ingredients. Bring to a boil by cooking on high for about 2 minutes. Remove and stir to combine all ingredients; then stir in baking soda.

Put popcorn into a huge bowl and top with coconut and chopped pecans. Pour above syrup stuff over popcorn, coconut & nuts, and mix thoroughly. Spread popcorn onto two non-stick cookie sheets. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, rotating pans between top and bottom shelves. Remove from oven. Allow to cool completely on pans and then move to an airtight container.


  1. Thanks for bringing some to the teacher's lounge so we could sample it- very yummy!!! What kind of popping corn did you use? The kernels were so small.

  2. Glad you liked it! I used Tiny But Mighty Popcorn. See this post:
    You can buy it at Dahls or HyVee.

  3. Kelly! I saw your blog address on your parents' Christmas letter - my dad scanned and sent it to me in Singapore where we've been living since 1999...What an amazing resource blog you have. so inspirational! I HATE cooking (living in muggy equatorial island weather hasn't helped this), but I'm inspired by your creatiions! Kimberly (Coventon) Creasman

  4. Thanks, Kimberly! I don't think I'd like cooking & baking as much if I had to do it in muggy weather all the time. :) Good to hear from you!


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