Caramel Popcorn in a Jar

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This cute and yummy gift would make a great gift on it’s own or you could make it into a movie lovers gift basket. You could get my favorite microwave popcorn popper from Amazon, find a nice family flick from a Black Friday sale and put it together with this Caramel Corn in a Jar for a fun gift basket. Either way it makes a great, inexpensive gift!

What you need:

  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 c. popcorn
  • empty jar
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • ribbon
  • fabric scrap
  • plastic bag
  • screw on lid or rim
  • scissors
  • index card or recipe card
Here is a picture of all the supplies you need. Minus the dish soap in the background 😀
Layer each cup of sugar in the jar. Don’t worry about buying a fancy jar. I just used an old mayo jar!
Pack the popcorn into a small plastic bag and put into the jar on top of the sugars. I put mine in 2 separate bags because it was easier to fit through the top of the jar.

Cut two 2 foot long pieces of ribbon. Lay across the top of the jar like I show in the picture.
Put the scrap of fabric over the top of the ribbons and screw the lid on over the top. If you don’t have any rims don’t worry about it. Tie the lid on with a ribbon or use the lid that came with the jar.

Tie the ribbon around the can of sweetened condensed milk to hold it on top of the jar.
Tie another ribbon with the instructions around the lid of the jar. Here is what to write on the index card:
Caramel Corn
Pop the popcorn in an air popper, discard any unpopped kernals.
In a sauce pan mix the sugars, sweetened condensed milk, and 1/2 c. butter.
Bring to a boil.
Boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and pour over the popped corn.
Mix while you are pouring to completely coat the popcorn.
Spread on a greased cookie sheet and allow to set.
Cost for project:
  • Jar: Nothing, just reuse an empty jar from pasta sauce or mayo or something similar.
  • Ribbon: About .10
  • Popcorn: .25(about $1 a pound)
  • Brown Sugar: .30
  • White Sugar: .25
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: About $1(I try to pay no more than $1 for the cans, you can also make it at home)
Final Cost: About 1.90

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  1. What I great inexpensive, thoughtful gift to give a friend or a young girl. I have my 10 year old niece in mind for this. Thanks

  2. I absolutely love Harry & David’s Moose Munch & think your sharing this salivating recipe might be the very recipe to make at home to forgo their expensive small bags. I am always left wanting more. Thank you ever so much for making MY day!