Caramel Apple Popcorn

Enjoy movie nights like never before with this tasty Caramel Apple Popcorn! It’s the perfect sweet & salty snack to share with your friends and family.

Image of Caramel Apple Popcorn in a Bowl

Caramel Apple Popcorn

Caramel Apple Popcorn is where it’s AT this fall! Salty/sweet/apple perfection in every bite. This popcorn is a spin off of my Salted Caramel Popcorn that is the most perfect caramel corn recipe you’ll ever make. It’s totally foolproof, and this version turns caramel corn into a perfect fall treat!

I posted this 5 years ago, but since then I decided the photos needed a little updating along with the recipe. While the original recipe was amazing, Over the years I have PERFECTED caramel corn and I wanted to make this recipe as perfect as possible with the tricks I’ve learned. I know you will love it! It’s the perfect combo of salty/sweet…and the addition of Apple Chips and cinnamon gives it a fab fall facelift!

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How to Make Caramel Apple Popcorn

Start with 1 cup of unpopped kernels.  Or if you want to use microwave popcorn, pop about 3 bags.

Image of Popcorn Kernels

I air-popped it into a large bowl…

Make sure you pick out any unpopped kernels.  I’m trying to give you cavities here, not break your teeth.

Image of Popped Popcorn Being Added to Bowl

I grabbed some apple chips at the supermarket…I used 3 (2.5 oz) bags.

Image of a Bag of Crispy Apple Chips

Mix the apple chips in with the popped corn.

Image of Popcorn with Apple Chips

Then in a medium saucepan over medium heat mix up the caramel…

Image of Caramel Being Made on the Stove


Boil that for about 5 minutes and then pour it all over your corn and apples.

Image of Caramel for Caramel Apple Popcorn

Mix it up good…

Image of Caramel Apple Popcorn Being Mixed with a Spoon


It bakes up in just 30 minutes and cool fairly quickly. You’ll be eating your new fall snack in no time!
Image of My Son Holding a Bowl of Caramel Apple Popcorn

I make batches of this to take to soccer games as a sideline snack to share with other parents! You’ll have lots of friends in no time! Or I mean, you totally don’t have to share 🙂


Caramel Apple Popcorn

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: About 15 cups 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Enjoy movie nights like never before with this tasty Caramel Apple Popcorn! It’s the perfect sweet & salty snack to share with your friends and family.


  • 1 cup unpopped corn kernels
  • 3 (2.5 oz) bags of apple chips
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a 15×18- inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.
  2. Pop the popcorn kernels using an air popper into a large bowl. Mix in the apple chips evenly. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat and allow it to boil for 4 minutes without stirring.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the cinnamon and vanilla.
  5. Drizzle the caramel mixture onto the popcorn and stir to coat evenly.
  6. Pour the coated popcorn into the prepared pan, sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and place the pan in the oven. Bake the popcorn for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. Spread parchment paper onto your counter and, when the popcorn is done baking, pour it onto the prepared counter. Allow it to cool completely.
  8. Sprinkle the popcorn with more salt if desired.


Store in an airtight container for about a week.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Stefanie Hall
Stefanie Hall

I loved this! The only problem I had is that the apple chips burned so quickly (after 15 minutes in the oven) and I had to pull most of them out after and replace them. I was using freeze dried apple chips which may have been the problem. Any suggestions? Better to try baking them at 200 or 250?

Mustard Gifts

Hello there 🙂 ! Your recipe is so yummy! We’ve included it in our Top 5 popcorn recipes for a movie night 🙂 Hope you like the blog post!


I have made this before, and am making it as I type. It is AMAZING!! However, I do leave out the cream, and I use extra apples. Oh my gosh, the girls at work think I slaved for hours, and nobody needs to ever know that I didn’t. My mouth is in heaven.

suja md

wow they are looking like sweeet little bombs!! loved all your recipes as well dear!!


Tried this recipe, I think I didn’t bake it enough. Did bake it for about 45min. It was still a little sticky and chewy. Maybe I should have baked it another 10-15 min. It did taste good. Not sure I’d make it again.

Emma | Cooking In Cashmere

Wow, I have got to make this for a movie night. And I think I have some caramel in the house – brilliant!


I’m new to your blog, saw the recipe on Pinterest. What a treat this was. I never made the connection between caramel apples and caramel corn, but II’m so glad you did! I added about a teaspoon of apple pie spice to the caramel and it was delish. Thhanks so much!

Tamara @jemofthesouth

All I can say is “Wow!” How yummy does this look?!?


I found you through brown eyed baker. Great recipe. Love your comments about cleaning. I am with you….I wish I was rich and had a full time housekeeping staff so I could spend my free time making this delicious popcorn. Thanks for posting….I might make a batch and send it up to my college freshman 5+ hours away. 🙁

Anne @ Have a Cookie!

I am making this tomorrow but am adding some cinnamon to the mix since that’s the “secret ingredient” for the September baking group I belong to. This looks so yummy – I can’t wait to taste it!

Anne @ Have a Cookie!

O.M.G. This stuff is sooooooo good!!! I’m eating it right now and can’t stop! I made a half batch yesterday to try it out and added 1 tsp. of cinnamon to the butter/sugar mixture. But I popped 1/2 cup of kernels in my air popper and got 12 cups of popcorn. Cutting the other ingredients in half made plenty of caramel to coat the amount of popcorn I had. The recipe calls for 1 cup of unpopped kernels and yields 14 cups of caramel corn. Should that be 24? I also broke up the larger apple chips to have more… Read more »

Anne @ Have a Cookie!

And I’ve eaten wwwaaaayyyyyyyyy too much of it! SO GOOD!


I found your lovely blog via Pinterest and this Caramel Apple Popcorn looks amazing! I would like to invite you to share this, and any other posts at my Creative Thursday Link Party at Have a wonderful week.

luv what you do

I’m so excited for caramel apple season! This popcorn looks incredible…like I could eat the entire recipe in one sitting!


Oh good gracious – are you kidding me with this? You have taken caramel popcorn and caramel apples… two of my favorite things and made them into one? Brilliant. Seriously.


Just awesome Shelly! I’m making this to surprise my kids. 🙂

Vera Magrini

Hi!! I’m from Italy and I really adore your recipe!! Here, unfortunally, we don’t have corn syrup, what can I use instead?? Honey?
Thanks a lot, your blog is delicious!!


I’m not sure it can get much better than popcorn and caramel. This looks so great…definitely something for that sweet/salty craving. I’d love for you to share at our fall-themed link-up!

Thanks so much, and happy to be following along for more fall (and other) kitchen inspiration. Beautiful site!

Jen @ Jen

Now THIS is how caramel apple should be done!! I love it!


Silly question…I have one of those air poppers…the cup you show measures about 1/2 cup. Do you pop just one of those, or 2? Just checking! This looks so yummy – am thinking of making it for my kids’ teachers. Thanks!

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

Oh my gosh, I totally want this immediately. You are a genius! I can’t wait to see what else you have lined up for Caramel Apple Week. 😀

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings

Cleaning should be an event!! It feels so good when it’s done– so more excitement for the bad part– the actual cleaning 🙂


what a fun idea for popcorn Shelly!!! Bring on fall I’m ready for caramel apple!


Oh wow, I love that it has apples right in it! Wonderful!

sally @ sallys baking addiction

Caramel Apple Week! I love this theme Shelly! I’ve only made caramel apples a few times but that was so long ago, I should do it again this year. And this fun twist is a much easier way to do it! Those apple chips are SO addicting. I honestly don’t think I’d be able to stop eating this… dangerous.


This is a brilliant theme! i lovee it! & this popcorn has me blown awayyy!


Well, now I need to go buy some apple chips.
And I love the idea of sending invitations to your kids to clean their closets. Imagine how excited they would be to get a beautiful invitation in the mail and then to open it up and see they’ve been invited to clean. It’s either quite genius, making cleaning into a fun party-like activity, or rather diabolical, making a fun party into cleaning. I guess it would depend on the kids’ reactions!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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