Salted Caramel Popcorn

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!
Salted Caramel Popcorn is a delicious caramel corn recipe that is the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

My Salted Caramel Popcorn is a the BEST Caramel Corn Recipe EVER!

This Salted Caramel Corn Recipe is possibly one of my favorite snacks of all time! It’s crispy, coated in homemade caramel, easy to make and has the perfect sweet and salty balance. I haven’t met one person who doesn’t love this salted caramel corn recipe because it’s both simple and delicious! This caramel corn recipe is so loved it even made it into my book by popular demand!

I’ve even adapted this recipe into Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn as well as Caramel Apple Caramel Corn. And certainly if you’re salt sensitive you can leave off the extra salt!

Salted Caramel Corn is crispy, sweet, coated in homemade caramel with the perfect amount of salt added for balance.

How To Make Homemade Caramel Corn

Making Salted Caramel Popcorn is SUPER easy. It’s a super easy snack for movie night, or perfect to package up and give as gifts around the holidays. It’s pretty foolproof, and you don’t need baking soda or a candy thermometer like a lot of caramel corn recipes call for.

You will need an Air Popper Popcorn maker. If you don’t have one, they are fairly inexpensive. Here’s the link to the one I use. I have had readers use microwave popcorn for this if they don’t have an air popper. Most have great results, but I have never tried it that way, so I can’t give 100% confirmation it will work, although I don’t see why it wouldn’t.

What You Will Need For Homemade Caramel Corn:

  • Popcorn: Unpopped popcorn kernels are super easy to find. You can generally find them at the supermarket, WalMart, Target etc. You can even order them on amazon. I, honestly, just buy an expensive container of kernels, like Orville Redenbacher, so don’t get too hung up on brands etc.
  • Butter: I use salted butter in this recipe because it’s SALTED Caramel Corn, but certainly if you don’t have salted you can use unsalted and add a bit more salt at the end!
  • Brown Sugar: Using brown sugar in this recipe makes it a little deeper in flavor. Since you aren’t actually making caramel that cooks until it is a deep amber color, the brown sugar gives you the color that you desire.
  • Corn Syrup: I use light corn syrup in this recipe. The subtle sweetness in the corn syrup makes the caramel sauce come together easily and gives the caramel corn the perfect texture. You could certainly use dark corn syrup if that’s all you have.
  • Salt: I use kosher salt or sea salt in this caramel corn recipe. The slightly coarser grain and smoother taste gives this the perfect salty/sweet balance. You can use Iodized salt if it’s all you have, but use a light hand. You can always add more if necessary.

How To Make Caramel Corn

Do You Bake Caramel Corn?

Yes! After you air pop the popcorn and make your caramel sauce on the stove, you bake the caramel corn for 30 minutes at 300°F, stirring it every 10 minutes. This step in the recipe is what makes the caramel corn crispy and not chewy. If you like chewy caramel corn you can certainly eat it after you coat it with your caramel. It will get stuck in your teeth though! haha!

How much Popcorn Do You Need For Caramel Corn?

1/2 cup of unpopped kernels yields about 16 cups of popped corn. So for this recipe you get about 16 cups of Salted Caramel Popcorn!

How Much Salt Do I Have To Add To This Recipe?

Please realize this is COMPLETELY up to you. I list 2 teaspoons in the recipe as a guideline, but you can absolutely add more or less depending on your personal preference. I stated above that I don’t recommend using Iodized Salt, but if you do, start with only 1 teaspoon, as it is a very fine grain and add more from there. Kosher salt and sea salts are generally a little coarser.

Can You Add Anything To Caramel Corn?

Sure! You can easily add in extras to this caramel corn recipe. Here are a few ideas:

  • Peanuts: Add these before you pour the caramel sauce on top and coat them with the caramel before baking.
  • M&Ms: Add these when the caramel corn is cooled for the ultimate movie snack!
  • Raisins: Now this might not be for everyone, but a lot of people like this combo! Add these after the caramel corn is cooled.
  • Pretzels: You can add these before you pour the caramel on top or after it’s cooled if you prefer the pretzels aren’t sweet. If you do want to add pretzels to this mix before coating with the caramel, you might need to increase the amount of caramel by 50% to ensure everything gets coated!

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Salted Caramel Popcorn

  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 16 cups 1x
  • Category Category: Popcorn
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Snack


Makes about 16 cups of caramel corn



  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels (about 16 cups popped corn)
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  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 teaspoon salt together over medium heat. Bring to boil. Boil for 4 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and let it cool for 2 minutes. It needs to stop boiling before you pour it on the popcorn.
  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!

Nutrition Information:

1 cup
9.1 g
295.8 mg
11.9 g
15.3 g
1.2 g
30.5 mg

Keywords: popcorn, cookies and cups, caramel corn, salted caramel, popcorn recipe

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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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December 21, 2021 10:04 pm

I used plain, salted microwave popcorn. I just made sure to remove any unpopped kernels. I also used light agave syrup instead of corn syrup. It worked great. I will say, the mixture was runny all the way through the steps, until I let it cool off before storing it. Like magic, the popcorn hardened up as it cooled.

November 21, 2021 5:10 pm

I don’t know how I ever happened upon this recipe, probably Pinterest, but I have made it for my kids for years now. We generally make it for snow days or movie nights. Thanks so much for our family favorite recipe!

September 23, 2021 10:33 am

Thanks for this great recipe! I was wondering if you’ve ever frozen it? I was hoping to make it again to get ahead for Christmas. Thanks!

August 28, 2021 1:20 pm

I have friend who can’t have salt and made this without unsalted butter and it is just as delicious! I also added raw almonds and peanuts and mini m&ms for some added VAVOOM!
My only caution is…I microwaved my popcorn in a brown paper bag and failed to separate out the unpopped kernals… my fault…but a caution just the same!
Many thanks…this is a keeper!

Last edited 4 months ago by Mamie
Anurag Sharma
May 21, 2021 3:57 am

What else we need if a popcorn lover gets the popcorn recipe in an easy way. Thank you for sharing.

Alicia T.
April 15, 2021 4:09 pm

I have made this before and love it! I was wondering if anyone has ever tried using hull less popcorn? I might attempt it but am worried the hot caramel will wilt the popcorn! Thanks again for this to die for recipe!

Annie L
February 7, 2021 7:34 pm

Wow!! Just made this and it is phenomenal!!!!

June 20, 2020 1:47 pm

What can you use to replace the corn syrup? If you can replace it

March 26, 2021 8:21 pm
Reply to  Teagan- Lee

I use pancake syrup in mine.

May 15, 2020 10:27 pm

Loving this recipe. Made it twice. Didn’t change a thing which is unusual for me.

Call Andye
April 15, 2020 11:49 pm

Really Nice Post!!! Thanks for sharing this!!!

April 10, 2020 11:48 pm

Good Job!!!

cg chandigarh
February 11, 2020 5:13 am

really nice work with you . thank full

November 9, 2019 1:27 pm

Love it! My daughter had a sleep over tonight, I am now officially the “King”. I didn’t have any corn syrup either and added both honey & maple syrup… Lucky my wife is a dentist. I added nuts, shaved coconut and M&m’s..


November 4, 2019 10:29 am

I was wondering if the salt could be added to the caramel sauce to make it have more even saltiness (instead of sprinkling the salt on the popcorn).

October 24, 2019 2:06 pm

We have renamed this in our house. “Crack Corn”. You can’t stop eating it!! Awesome recipe!

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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