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Easy Caramel Popcorn

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Caramel popcorn was first introduced to me when I was at the movie theater. It was embarrassing how I kept on munching on those caramel popcorns before the movie starts and before they turn the theater’s lights off!

It became a ritual to buy a big bag of caramel popcorn each time I go to the movies. Funny I never thought of making some at home. Between you and me, I feel that the caramel popcorn is best enjoyed while watching a movie on the big screen.

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Making Easy Caramel Popcorn

Recently, I got me some horror movies, YAY! I thought it’s about time I make some caramel popcorns at home and my sweet half couldn’t agree more.

This easy caramel popcorn recipe doesn’t require corn syrup, just the regular ingredients you usually find in your kitchen. Granulated white sugar, brown sugar, salt, butter, honey, and some patience, yes, you need the last virtue, since making caramel sauce gets tricky when it’s almost done, the time when you ‘re not sure if you have to cook the sauce for few more seconds, or it’s burnt.

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It’s Tricky and Fun!

When the caramel is done and the time you were waiting for (pouring the caramel over the popcorn) is just a second away, you find yourself face to face with another challenge, and itis to ……. Quickly mix the caramel with the popcorn before it hardens and turns into a big clump.

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We are not using the oven in this recipe, that’s why it’s easy with no extra steps. Since you have coated the popcorn with caramel you have extended its shelf life. Keep the caramel popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, it will not taste stale and the crunch of the caramel won’t be lost, just keep it away from heat and moisture.

Finally You Get To Make It.

Easy Caramel Popcorn

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Author: Muna Kenny


  • ¼ cup dry corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 5 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • In a saucepan, add the oil when hot add the corn kernels. Immediately stir just to let the oil cover all the kernels.
  • Cover the pan and keep it on medium heat. When the kernels start to pop, shake the saucepan while covered ever few seconds to prevent the kernels at the bottom from burning.
  • When the speed of popping decreases turn off the heat and keep the saucepan covered for one minute.
  • Pour the popcorn into a big bowl, sprinkle with salt, and mix.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, you’ll have to spread the caramel popcorn over it later.
  • In a saucepan, add the butter and let it melt on medium heat. Now add both sugars, salt, honey, and stir for few seconds.
  • From this moment on, swirl the sauce to help the caramel sauce cook evenly. The mixture will be foamy but you’ll be able to see its color changes. When it turns to dark golden color turn off heat and pour the caramel sauce over the previously prepared popcorn. You must be quick in mixing the caramel with the popcorn since it will harden rather quickly.
  • Spread the caramel popcorn over the baking sheet and let cool completely. Break the caramel popcorn into small chunks and enjoy!
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  1. I love caramel popcorn and surprised I’ve never tried to make my own! Definitely going to have to try this! My kids and I will love it!

  2. OMG, this looks so so good! I wanna eat popcorn now! Popcorn are supposed to be okay healthy ish treat but not if you add toffee on top, omg! xx corinne

  3. Mmmm, caramel popcorn is so delicious. This does look easy enough, so I’ll have to try it out!

  4. This look awesome! I love popcorn but I always complain about the sugar level they have! The recipe looks quite easy and I can also adjust the sugar content too!

  5. Jessica Taylor

    Wow this looks amazing! I am obsessed with popcorn, so I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Ana De- Jesus

    I love how you associate popcorn with movies because I do as well. I love caramel popcorn and can’t wait to try and replicate your recipe x

  7. Claudia Krusch

    Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. I will have to give this recipe a try. It looks so delicious and easy to make.

  8. I love caramel popcorn but have never tried making my own. This recipe sounds especially perfect for the cooler weather of the autumn season!

  9. Ophelia Tang

    I love caramel popcorn. Now, I can make this and enjoy it at home. Thanks for sharing.
    XOXO //SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  10. Elizabeth o

    It’s a delicate balance between getting the corn popped and adding caramel. You achieved it bravo!

  11. I spend a lot on this each time i go out with the kids, never thought of making it myself. Thanks for the inspiration, because I’m definitely going to try making mine.

  12. I’ve never tried to make it myself. What a fun project it would be to do with my kids this weekend!

  13. I looove caramel popcorn. I’ve never tried to do it by myself but always buy it in cinema:D

  14. I’m not a huge fan of caramel popcorn but my mom loves this stuff. I’ll definitely be making a batch of this when I see her this weekend. Great recipe!

  15. Yummmmmmy! Your pictures are amazing! I have a special place for popcorn in my heart!

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