The Easiest Crack Corn Recipe

I was introduced to caramel puff corn AKA “crack corn” a few years ago. My husband’s aunt threw an engagement party and made a batch…


I was introduced to caramel puff corn AKA “crack corn” a few years ago. My husband’s aunt threw an engagement party and made a batch for it- and we were HOOKED! I just had to ask and figure out how to make it myself.

crack corn

After I was hooked on crack corn I knew I had to have it at my events too…

The first time I made some was for our twins’ Woodland Baby Shower. I remember making 25 bags thinking that would be enough only to find out my guests were devouring it and packing extras to go ( lol)! I’m telling you it is THAT good!

A few weeks ago we celebrated Lia’s 4th Birthday drive-by style and I was inspired to make another batch to hand to our guests. Immediately I had friends and family asking me for the recipe once again.

What You Need for This Delicious Crack Corn Recipe

This recipe is so easy to follow and with just a few ingredients! The most challenging part for me the first time was finding the specific puff corn needed.

After some searching I was able to find it and like to keep a few on hand just in case I feel the urge to make some. I recommend you check a few grocery stores if you can’t find it at your usual one.

movie snack crack corn

All you need is:

  • 2 bags of Chester’s Puff Corn Butter Flavor
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

You will be enjoying your delicious crack corn with only 10 minutes of prep and 45 minutes of baking time! I recommend you have a timer handy so you don’t forget.

How to Make The Most Delicious Crack Corn

First, while we get everything going let’s preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Second, line a large baking sheet or baking dish with parchment paper and place your Puff Corn. Set the baking sheet to the side.

Bring your butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup to a boil over medium-high heat in a 4-quart saucepan. Make sure to continuously stir to avoid it from sticking.

Once your caramel mixture is boiling, let it boil for 2-3 minutes and then add your baking soda. As soon as you add the baking soda your caramel will foam so be ready.

Stir the caramel well and remove from heat. Pour the caramel over the puff corn and mix evenly. Try to cover all of the puff corn evenly.

crack corn
crack corn recipe
crack corn recipe

Time to Bake

Once your puff corn is coated it is time to bake. Place your puff corn in the middle rack of your oven. You will bake for a total of 45 minutes and stir every 15 minutes.

45 minutes and 3 stirs later you can remove your crack corn from the oven and let it cool. If you end up with large pieces you can go ahead and break them down at that time.

Bag it up to pass out or place in an airtight container for up to 5-6 days. I guarantee if you leave that container it won’t make it past 3! Lol!

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  1. This recipe was really good but it didn’t make nearly enough caramel, I ended up doubling the recipe and still needed another double batch.

  2. Hey all, So you think I could freeze the finished product? I was to make a bunch or it and give out at Christmas.

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