6 Tips for Making Caramel Corn

When your taste buds crave something sweet, try caramel corn. Covered in candy-coated confection, caramel corn is a flavorful highly profitable snack. When making caramel corn there are different methods to choose from and certain guidelines that you should follow. Before you get started, consider these tips to ensure your caramel corn is the best it can be.

Tip 1: Know Your Corn Choice

If you are new to the popcorn business, you may not know there are different types of popcorn. For caramel corn, we recommend using Poppa Corn Mushroom. This type of popcorn is a larger size, easy to coat, and less likely to break. This is compared to butterfly kernels which are light and tender and not recommended for caramelizing.

Tip 2: Experiment with Your Mixes

It is important to experiment with different mixes and see what works best for you. For cookers/mixers, Caramel Corn Treat Mixes come in different formulations. This allows you to customize your popcorn however you want. Complete Corn Treat Mixes only require you to add water.  While with Corn Treat Concentrate Mixes, you can add your own sugar, oil, and water.

Tip 3: When in Doubt Add Butter

Butter can add extra richness to your caramel corn. If you add butter to your caramel corn recipe, you can add it any time during the cooking process. Gold Medal recommends adding the butter about midway through the cooking process.

Tip 4: Avoid Stickiness

No one wants their caramel corn stuck and clumped together. To prevent this from happening use Free-N-Easy Candy Corn Separator. This lightweight spray is a caramel corn necessity. To make sure the cooker is well seasoned, it is best to aim the spray at the paddles and the sidewalls of the cooker mixer. As the popcorn tumbles it will pull any residue off the sidewalls and make sure it ends on the product. This spray will help your caramel kernels separate easily once they cool.

Tip 5: Watch Out for Humidity and Altitude

Humidity and altitude are two factors you need to consider when making caramel corn. The best way to cook caramel corn is in an air-conditioned /controlled environment. This allows you to control the humidity level and keep it low. For altitude, it is important to know that water boils at a lower temperature at higher altitudes. When you are at higher altitudes you may need to add a little extra water to the recipe to prevent burning and to produce consistent batches. 

Tip 6: Packaging Your Caramel Corn

When getting ready to package your caramel you need to make sure the product is completely cooled. If you don’t you will be trapping moisture inside the packaging. We recommend packaging your caramel corn in a window bag/package or clear package so your customers can see the great product you made.


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