Salted Caramel Popcorn

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This Easy Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe is my favorite Caramel Corn Recipe! It’s so easy and adding that extra salt gives it the perfect salty/sweet combo!

Today my babies went back to school.

And I cried.

Which is ridiculous because they are now in 3rd and 5th grade.

And also because I have been dreaming of the first day back to school for like 6 weeks.


I couldn’t help it, as much as I tried.

They’ve currently been gone for about 1 hour and 9 minutes and I miss them.



I should be having a “Quiet House Party” or something.


Anyhow, it never gets easier, folks.

At least for me.


So I must distract myself from all the silence with Kardashian reruns and Caramel Corn.


Salted Caramel Corn, actually.

It’s my new favorite food group.

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This recipe is so super simple, you guys.

I have always been a little scared of making caramel corn.

I know, I’m a weirdo.


But let me just say, this recipe is so easy.

 photo IMG_3750_zps39c7bab5.jpg Just grab some popcorn…I like to use my air-popper to make it, because I can control the amount of salt.  But if you don’t have an air-popper, you can use a plain microwave kind, or even pop some on your stove top!

(Here’s the link to the one I use)

 photo IMG_3751_zpsbf012188.jpg I popped 1/2 cup kernels, which yields about 16 cups of popped corn.


Next make your easy caramel sauce.

Just butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and salt…

 photo IMG_3759_zps7aebd651.jpg And bring that to a boil and let it go for 4 minutes.  No stirring and no candy thermometer required!

 photo IMG_3760_zpsf08e6c51.jpg Then pour that over top of the popcorn and stir it until it’s all coated…

 photo IMG_3767_zpscc0f6a99.jpg Next dump all the popcorn into a lined baking pan…

And sprinkle with some more salt…

 photo IMG_3768_zps56046fd8.jpg And bake it for 30 minutes.

Every 10 minutes or so give it a stir.


Spread it out onto a lined counter to cool and break it into pieces.

Salted Caramel Popcorn | | #recipe #popcorn #saltedcaramel Honestly, you’re not going to be able to stop eating this.

It’s ridiculous.

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I’m a little bit of a popcorn addict around here.  Check out some of my favorites:

Fruity Pebble Kettle Corn

Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn

Caramel Apple Popcorn

Red Velvet Popcorn

Snickers Popcorn

Popcorn Cake


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Salted Caramel Popcorn
Makes about 16 cups of caramel corn
  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn kernels (about 16 cups popped corn)
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup light corn syrup
  • 1½ - 2 tsp kosher or sea salt, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 300°
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.
  3. Pop popcorn kernels using air popper into a large bowl.
  4. In a small saucepan melt butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and 1 tsp salt together over medium heat. Bring to boil. Boil for 4 minutes without stirring.
  5. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and stir to coat evenly.
  6. Pour popcorn into lined pan, sprinkle remaining salt on top (1/2 tsp - 1 tsp depending on your personal taste preference) and place in oven. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. Allow popcorn to cool on a parchment lined counter.
You can add in 2 cups of nuts to the un-coated popcorn if desired! Coat with caramel as states!


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September 4, 2013 10:31 am

This is my idea of a late-night snack! :)

September 4, 2013 10:33 am

Looks like my kind of popcorn. Sweet and salty. Mmmm….

September 4, 2013 10:50 am

Yum, you have sparkled my late night craving for popcorn now!

September 4, 2013 11:06 am

Don’t you just love your air-popper???!! I love my popcorn machine, one of the best gifts ever! I cannot wait to make this recipe, this looks amazing!!!

September 4, 2013 2:56 pm

I’ve never made any kind of flavored popcorn, but I’ve been seeing them everywhere recently! I feel like caramel corn is definitely good on it’s own, but salted caramel sounds perfect!

September 4, 2013 3:47 pm

I love making my own caramel corn and flavored popcorn at home! Your caramel corn looks delicious!

September 4, 2013 3:50 pm

We just delivered my daughter to her dorm at university. I dreaded that drive all summer and coming home without her, and the uncertainty of how she’ll feel there. We’ll adjust, enjoy them when they get home from school.

September 4, 2013 3:51 pm

Looks great. Would I be able to make popcorn balls out of this? Form the balls before itngoesnin the oven maybe?

Thanks for another great recipe!

September 4, 2013 4:04 pm

I have a real obsession with popcorn at the moment but haven’t made my own yet. This looks perfect to make for a special film evening!

September 4, 2013 4:44 pm

Love the salt w the caramel. This is perfect for movie nite!

September 4, 2013 5:39 pm

I am loving this! Such a fabulous snack.

September 4, 2013 6:39 pm

I am the same way! When they are here I can’t wait for them to go, then when they do, I’m so lonesome for them! This seems like it would make an awesome after school snack. I never knew it was so easy to make caramel corn. Thanks, Shelly!

September 4, 2013 7:31 pm

favorite snack right here. wish i had some right in front of me now.

September 4, 2013 9:16 pm

Ummm…. I think caramel corn just became my favorite food group too!

September 4, 2013 9:23 pm

I could see emotionally eating this when my future kids go off to school. Or you know…on a random Friday.

September 4, 2013 9:38 pm

Our favorite!

September 4, 2013 9:39 pm

Oh my goodness… I want this right now. Looks soooooo good!

September 4, 2013 10:16 pm

I am so craving this!! It is so fall like and I now need it! It just looks so goo!

September 5, 2013 9:09 am

Kardasian re-runs is always the correct answer to the blues! And this popcorn looks AMAZING!!!!

September 5, 2013 11:59 am

I really want to make this, but I’m so scared I’ll eat it all myself!! Could be worse things, I suppose…

September 5, 2013 12:26 pm

Once I start eating caramel corn it is so hard for me to stop!! It actually is something that I can eat and I’m ok with it making me sick. Besides, it isn’t a real sickness like the flu…it will quickly go away because it is only dressed up popcorn. Mind over matter…

This is certainly something I would enjoy making myself sick over!

September 6, 2013 1:35 pm

Salted caramel always wins. Pretty sure I would eat the whole batch!

September 7, 2013 1:05 am

This sounded so good but fifteen minutes in the oven and it was a burnt, smoking disaster! What did I do wrong?? :(

January 27, 2015 2:35 pm

Cara, my oven cooks hot too. I did this recipe for only a total of 20 minutes. I took it out of the oven after 10 minutes to stir it thoroughly and give it a chance to cool down and then put it back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Just keep an eye on it.

July 10, 2015 3:47 am

Does your oven show temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius? In Australia for example we use Celsius (on modern ovens at least), but recipes from the USA use Fahrenheit, which is the case here, I assume. 300F is about 150C. Most Celsius ovens only heat up to 250C, hence my assumption. I would be surprised if popcorn burned so quickly at 150C, but if you set your oven for 300C, it would not take long.

September 7, 2013 7:21 pm

I haven’t checked the accuracy but its only four months old. I wouldn’t think it would be off but maybe? Does this need to be cooked or could you just wait for the caramel to cool and eat it like that?

September 30, 2014 2:40 pm

Cara, we checked the temperature of our new oven and it runs about 50 degrees too cool. Not knowing how to correct it, we just add a few degrees, depending on how high we need it.


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September 8, 2013 5:44 pm

No, we are in Illinois. I will try at 250. Thank you!! :)

September 9, 2013 2:22 pm

I’m a total popcorn addict too. And a snob about the salt. Hence an air popper and special heavy copper pot just for popcorn. But this sounds so perfect. I love a simple but amazing caramel corn. Yum

September 11, 2013 10:28 pm

I share your love of popcorn and can’t wait to try this recipe, I also cry when my kids go back to school, however, I have a senior in high school and a senior in college:)

September 11, 2013 11:00 pm

Perfect for those days that I feel like staying in, staving off the heat, sitting on my comfy couch and watching a movie or two.

September 12, 2013 3:48 pm

Hi! I really loved your blog today . I am totally with you on the sending kids back to school then crying your eyes out thing.My last son start kindergarden and I’m sad. He’s the last of my 3 sons to go, their 9, 7 and 5,and I’m not ready for the house to be so quiet. For 9 years I’ve lived in chaos and now there’s this HUGE change that has happened.I feel I’m loosing my boys. They don’t like to talk about school so I never know what happened during their day, those long hours they were away… Read more »

September 13, 2013 4:49 pm

I have an obsession with popcorn of any kind! When I make mine, instead of baking it in the oven, put your popcorn in a brown grocery bag, pour the caramel over it and shake! Then put it in the microwave for 30 second increments (3 times), shaking between each time. Way less clean up! :)

September 17, 2013 12:26 pm

Hi Shelly,
I love your blog and i’ve been wanting to try your salted caramel popcorn recipe , but i can’t find corn syrup here in the Netherlands. Is it possible to omit it put of the recipe? Thanks so much.

October 19, 2013 8:44 pm

i have a friend who uses maple syrup and it works perfectly.

July 23, 2014 5:30 am

Are you stating that your friend pours straight maple syrup onto the pop corn and then bakes it, or that your friend cooks the maple syrup first and THEN pours it on the pop corn? This sounds interesting but, at the cost of maple syrup, I’d like to have as many facts up-front as possible beforehand! Thank you.

July 27, 2014 9:15 pm

Hi Pearl, Do you have Golden Syrup there? I think that’s the same or pretty close. I live in the UK and I haven’t been able to find corn syrup either but able to get golden syrup which I used in a recipe calling for corn syrup and it tasted the same as when I made it previously with corn syrup back home.

March 10, 2015 8:30 pm

I didn’t have corn syrup and used agave syrup instead. It came out perfectly!

September 18, 2013 8:55 pm

I noticed you left the unpopped kernels in the popcorn .. that is a high potential for cracked chipped or broken teeth .. it takes less than 60 seconds to use only popped corn. pop in a bowl shake so kernels are at the bottom transfer only popped corn to a different bowl. You dont buy popped corn off the shelf or at a theater or anywhere with unpopped kernels just for those reasons .. its a risk ..

September 25, 2013 4:51 pm

How many bags of microwave popcorn would I need to use? I don’t have an air popper, but it sounds like I’d get alot of use out of it! My boys make popcorn at least 3-4 times a week!!

January 18, 2015 2:11 pm

I know this is really late, but in case anyone else has the question… I pop regular kernels in my microwave. Put 1/4 cup of popcorn in a microwave safe glass bowl with a lid, cook for 4 minutes or so, listening for the popping to slow to 10 seconds or so… if you start to smell burnt popcorn stop it… it’s easy to go beyond popped to burnt so stay near the microwave… but you have popped corn with no oil, and none of the chemicals in the microwave stuff.

September 25, 2013 9:02 pm

This sounds delicious! Can this be made in advance for a party or does it need to be made fresh? How do you store it?

September 28, 2013 3:22 am

I’m definitely trying this. Except I use a large bowl shaped microwave popper. No oil, specially bagged popcorn or air popper required. Found mine at WalMart, Target, or Kmart I forget which.

October 1, 2013 6:24 pm

We used to make this popcorn with a small variation.. well sort of a big variation!! We put all of the popcorn in a paper grocery bag,, the big kind,, and pour the mixture over it.. shake it,,, and voila all done.. witho ours you didnt have to bake or use any other pans etc. to finish and it turns out pretty good too.


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October 9, 2013 12:39 pm

Do you think I can replace the butter with margarine? Or any other dairy free butter?

October 9, 2013 2:48 pm

Thank you for sharing!!! I just made this and it was so easy and DELICIOUS :) New family favorite for sure :)

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October 9, 2013 3:22 pm

Holy amazing!!!!

October 9, 2013 9:32 pm

Just curious why you need to put it in the oven?

October 10, 2013 1:01 pm

I love caramel popcorn. Can’t wait to try this.

October 10, 2013 6:33 pm

I just started popping my own popcorn in a pot following the directions on the bottle. But when I pour the sause on it, it deflated. It also happened when I pour butter on it. What am I doing wrong? Thanks! Its still delicious, just mushy and not as pretty.

February 3, 2015 12:42 am

Try waiting a minute or two before pouring anything on corn. It will deflate when the corn is to hot or when the butter or caramel is to hot when pouring over corn.

October 10, 2013 8:37 pm

Hi Shelly! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe and tutorial! It looks and sounds delicious! Nice to meet ya! Have a great week! Blessings from Bama!

October 17, 2013 4:30 pm

Finall worked up the nerve to make this. I have failed so many times before making caramel corn. It turned out fabulous. Thank you


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