Caramel Apple Popcorn

Caramel Apple Popcorn! Salty/Sweet perfection with a foolproof recipe!

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!

This Caramel Apple Popcorn recipe is a favorite of mine this time of year! 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!

Caramel Apple Popcorn! Salty/Sweet perfection with a foolproof recipe!

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

PhotobucketI 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.

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

PhotobucketMix the apple chips in with the popped corn.

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


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

Mix it up good…


It bakes up in just 30 minutes and cool fairly quickly. You’ll be eating your new fall snack in no time!
Caramel Apple Popcorn! Salty/Sweet perfection with a foolproof recipe!

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: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 16 cups 1x


makes about 14 cups caramel corn


  • 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.




60 Responses

  1. This looks so great, especially for Fall being right around the corner. I can’t eat popcorn (Crohn’s will do that to ya), but I CAN eat rice cakes seasoned like popcorn, so I think I will take your idea and turn it into something low-fiber for me 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!

  2. So, if your kids and hubby participate in the cleaning week, do they get novelty keychains and bumper stickers saying “I Survived Cleaning Week” or “Mr. Sparkle Is Jealous Of My Toilet”? Because I think that’d be awesome. But definitely not as awesome as caramel apple popcorn.

  3. What a great idea for a theme….”Caramel Apple”! Can’t wait to see what you and Kristan come up with!

    Your popcorn looks wonderful! So festively Fall 🙂

  4. Maybe you could send out some facebook invitations for cleaning week? Or make a group? Somehow doing things in groups always seems to actually get things done…like just being part of the group holds you accountable.

    Yay for fall and caramel apples! I want to dive into this popcorn. Headfirst.

  5. Caramel Apple Popcorn!
    That’s totally over the moon!
    Love it when you and Kristan team up!
    You know I think you need your own tv show~right!
    Would you be on MTV or Food Network? 😉
    LOVE everything you girls do!
    This popcorn rocks!
    Hugs from Bainbridge Shelly!

  6. Theme cleaning is how I clean around here…although after dining room day I get a little distracted and then living room day suffers:-) Maybe if I had some awesome caramel apple popcorn to keep me motivated? Yeah, I think that would do the trick!!!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. Laura

    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!

  10. 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.

    1. 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 apple flavor throughout the finished product. I plan to make another half batch and will add a little more cinnamon and an extra bag of apple chips to kick up the apple factor. This is absolutely DELICIOUS!!!

  11. Lori

    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. 🙁

  12. Deb

    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!

  13. 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.

  14. Rebekah

    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.

  15. 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?

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