Correcting Caramel Corn That Is Too Sticky

by Making Caramel Popcorn

Need some advice on correcting caramel corn that is too sticky.

I used a new recipe for caramel corn (online) and apparently did not microwave the caramel long enough.

I want the caramel corn to be harder. Is there a solution (other than making it all over again) to making it less sticky?

Dear Making Caramel Popcorn,

Mmmmmmm! I love caramel popcorn, but it is absolutely so addictive that I literally make myself sick on it. That doesn't mean I don't make it and eat it - I just don't do it too often! :)

I've made the microwave caramel popcorn before, and I do know what you mean about it being too sticky sometimes.

What I've done and what should work for you, too, is to line a baking tray with waxed paper or baking paper and spread the caramel corn on top.

Then just pop it in a warm oven (about 250° F. or so) and heat it for about 30 minutes. I like to stir it half way through to be sure it all gets good exposure to the heat, etc.

Let me know if that does the trick for you as well. Boy, sure wish I was there to share some with you!


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Sep 23, 2020
Works Great! NEW
by: Donna

Thank you so much for posting your solution to 'sticky caramel corn"! I had that problem tonight and found your possible solution. It worked wonderfully! My caramel corn is now nice and crunchy! Thank you!!

Dec 28, 2016
Carmel Corn NEW
by: Nancy

I had several batches of carmel corn made. I used the microwave and forgot the last 20 seconds on several batches.
Two days later I saw your post. I decided to try the oven method.
It worked miracles. I'm so happy I salvaged my corn.
Thank you.

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