Salted Caramel Popcorn in paper cones

Creating this caramel popcorn recipe

There’s just something about salted caramel that makes me weak at the knees. I mean, how could one not like a sweet, rich caramel with a hint of salt? The salt brings out the flavor like a thousand times more. Every time I eat salted caramel, my tastebuds do a little dance that looks like this.

So in thinking of all of the things I could make salted caramel’d, popcorn stood out the most. It’s absolutely perfect. Unlike popcorn right out of the microwave (or air popper), this salted caramel popcorn becomes almost creamy once it’s baked. The caramel becomes crispy without sticking to your teeth like traditional hard candy. It’s like the oven gods do a little magic trick and voilà! Perfect salted caramel popcorn.

Salted Caramel Popcorn on countertop

How to make salted caramel popcorn

This salted caramel popcorn recipe requires a little elbow grease, but it’s well worth the effort. The basic steps for making homemade caramel corn (with a twist!) are:

Pop the popcorn — You can make either plain stovetop popcorn for this recipe, or you can use the microwavable stuff. Just remember to use a neutral flavored popcorn if you get the store-bought microwavable kind! You don’t want any flavors to be competing with the salted caramel goodness you’re about to make.

Make the salted caramel coating — Combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a saucepan and cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it boil for a few minutes, then remove from the heat and stir in some baking soda. The mixture should begin to bubble, which is a good sign!

Combine and bake — Stir together the hot caramel and the popcorn (I stir it together in stages to make the process easier). Then spread the salted caramel popcorn onto a baking sheet and bake at a low heat for just under an hour. Make sure to stir the popcorn every 15 minutes to prevent it from clumping up or cooking unevenly.

Let cool and enjoy — Do not eat this caramel popcorn right away! If you do that, you’ll burn the roof of your mouth. Let the caramel corn cool completely on the baking tray, and THEN dig in.

Salted Caramel Popcorn in a bowl

On an unrelated note, I want to take a moment to say how much I love my mom. She has been constantly supportive of me throughout my life. From praising my artwork as a kindergartener to tuning into my blog for all these years, my gratitude for her support is never ending. Two most recent comments made my week:

Text from Mom on 1/19/15 at 8:25pm:
Do you bake your cookies at 350 or 375? Also, did you see in Real Simple that Anna Kendrick reads baking blogs for fun? I bet she’s seen Broma!

Email from Mom on 1/19/15 at 9:01pm:
I’m sure someone at Nabisco has seen your Oreo Donuts post by now and has spread the word!

So thank you, Mum, for believing that my blog is a world class blog read by Anna Kendrick and touted by Nabisco. I hope it is one day.

And Anna Kendrick, if you’re out there… hi!

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Salted Caramel Popcorn

This homemade Salted Caramel Popcorn just melts in your mouth! It’s coated with a sweet & salted caramel, then baked to perfection.

  • Author: Sarah | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cups caramel corn 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt + a teeny for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn (or 2 bags microwave popcorn)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F. Line two large baking sheets with silicon mats or parchment paper. Pop popcorn according to directions. Pour half of popcorn into a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt and cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Allow mixture to boil for 3 minutes, then remove from heat and quickly stir in baking soda. The caramel will begin to bubble- this means you’re doing it right!
  3. Pour half of caramel on top of the bowl of popcorn. Pour the rest of the popcorn into the bowl, then top with remaining caramel. Stir using a wooden spoon or silicon spatula until the caramel coats the popcorn evenly. Place on prepared baking sheets, spreading the popcorn out to the edges. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon sea salt.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes, taking the popcorn out to stir it well every 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan before serving!

More snack recipes from Broma Bakery:

Almond Joy Granola Bars

No-Bake Tahini Chocolate Date Balls

Gluten-Free Blueberry Banana Muffins

Beet Hummus

Fall Harvest Dark Chocolate Bark

35 comments

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MB @ Bourbon and Brown Sugar
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I think it’s awesome that your mom is your biggest fan… I know my mom and her gal-pals are my biggest fans of my little blog 🙂 Whenever I see them, they want to tell me the latest recipes they have sampled. It’s so cool. I read the piece on Anna Kendrick’s love of baking blogs too, and I’m with your mom on this one – your blog rocks 🙂

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Joanne
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Dude, I would NOT be surprised if all sorts of rockstars were reading your blog. It’s a fave of mine. REALLY. I want to faceplant into that pile of salted caramel popcorn heaven.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You’re too kind, Joanne! As yours is one of mine 🙂 XO!

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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
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I think this is just about the best popcorn ever! Salted caramel sounds like the perfect topping. In fact, I think i would lose all willpower around this. Delish!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I know I totally did. Thanks, Gayle!

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Jen @ Baked by an Introvert
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You’re mom sounds wonderful! I’m on board with her, your site is the bomb! This caramel popcorn is just another example of how awesome you are! I’ll be waiting for my box to arrive in the mail. 😉

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Sending it in spirit right now 🙂 XO

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Liz @ Floating Kitchen
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Oh your mom is such a doll! Reminds me of my mom too. She’s always like “why don’t you just go on the food network, you’re great.” Um, yeah I just go do that now. Easy peasy. 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Ahhh! So cute. And yeah you TOTALLY should! I’d watch your show for sure 🙂

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
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Moms are the BEST, right?! Love it! Also, I love that you said this doesn’t get rock hard, because that’s what I hate most about some of the caramel corn I’ve made!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? The oven is the key!

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The Blonde Chef
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I loved reading how sweet your mom is! It really makes all the difference to have someone have such confidence in your work! But she happens to be 100% right about you and this blog! It’s amazing and totally Anna Kendrick & Nabisco worthy!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You’re too sweet, Aubrie! Thank you for the encouragement. XO

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Karishma
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Aww, your mom is so cute and supportive!!! I love when my mom comments on my blog / texts me about it. It’s reallly so encouraging.

Yes yes yes why is salted caramel LITERALLY so good?!!! I want a jar of it in my fridge 24/7. Definitely thinking about making this popcorn tonight.

P.S. of course Anna Kendrick has seen your blog!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Encouraging is the perfect word. Yes! And I’m so with you. I had a jar in my fridge for a while. Not sure where it went…

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Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire
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I kind of want to swim in a pool of this salted caramel popcorn. And by the way, I TOTALLY think Anna Kendrick reads your blog (among many other cool stars) because this place makes me drool every time I come by. And I wouldn’t be surprised if nabisco is planning to reach out to you soon! You truly rock, Sarah!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Aww, thank you Amanda! You’re too sweet. The same goes to YOU!

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Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
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LOVE! Now I’m craving this popcorn…:D Looks absolutely divine, Sarah!

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Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
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Love the story about your Mom. Mine is a reader, as well 🙂 As for this popcorn … awesome! Caramel corn is my guilty pleasure.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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It’s so nice when your family reads your blog, isn’t it? To me it feels so special!

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Traci | Vanilla And Bean
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It’s been too long since I had a bag of good caramel popcorn. Baking at the end to dry out those little pops of love; genius!

I love text notes from mom… I don’t send enough to mine. I’ll stop right now and send one to my Ma…… There.

Thank you Sarah! Beautiful work! <3

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I just have this feeling that I’d love your mom. Hello, Traci’s mom! XO

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Jess @ Sweet Menu
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Caramel popcorn is one of my all-time weaknesses! I love this!

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Medha @ Whisk & Shout
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Your mom is adorable! Also I’ve been craving salty sweet popcorn for a week now… you literally read my mind, girl! As a reward, I’ll send out positive vibes so Anna Kendrick will become your #1 fan. That’s the dream, huh?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Perfect, that’s perfect. In turn I’ll send you some popcorn. You know, in spirit.

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Sarah @ SnixyKitchen
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Anna Kendrick, if you’re reading through the comments – Hi from me too! 😉 I love how supportive your mom is – Broma IS that awesome and I bet Anna Kendrick HAS seen it. This salted caramel popcorn is the perfect midnight snack!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Ugh, she must be out there somewhere. And thank you! It’s a perfect midnight snack, or at the office snack, or walking home snack…

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)
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This popcorn is everything! I am so glad that you made this!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Wish I could send you some, gal pal!

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lynn @ the actor’s diet
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I want to inhale this.

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Christina @ Bake with Christina
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That popcorn looks perfect! So flavorful and sticky yummy! Pinned 🙂

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ali grace | cookies and grace
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So sweet. Moms are the best! And salted caramel ANYTHING? I’m in.

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Manali @ CookWithManali
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aww aren’t moms the best..so sweet 🙂 but I agree with her..you have a fabulous blog Sarah! and I love these popcorn..I love salted caramel in anything and everything! This is pinned!

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