{recipe} Salty-Sweet Caramel Popcorn

I had a major popcorn craving the other day. I was in a big supermarket and couldn’t find regular popcorn to buy; only microwave. In a HUGE store. That is a travesty because microwave popcorn has nothing on fresh-popped kernels from the stovetop. At any rate after hitting up a fancier store I bought some organic popcorn and set to work on handling that craving, and decided just to target all possible cravings in one go. Popcorn, check. Salt, check. Sugar, check.

caramel popcorn recipe

I love things that are salty and sweet, and I love popcorn, so I love the way my Dad used to make caramel corn when I was a kid. This is his basic method but in later life I have learned to add a bit of salt. I have never liked caramel corn that was too sticky or crunchy so this method creates a palatable texture, takes less time, and uses 1 pot for everything. You don’t have to spend time cooking it in the oven, nor do you have to worry about cracking your teeth on crunchy caramel.

P.S. I have recently been introduced to the wonders of the Whirley Pop – if you are serious popcorn people, this will be the best 20 bucks you’ve ever spent!

RECIPE: Salty-Sweet Caramel Popcorn

Serves 2-4 for snacking.


  • 1-2 Tblsp oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Put oil and popcorn into a big pot and put a lid on. (If you have a pot with a clear glass lid, well that makes it a lot more fun.)
  • Turn heat on medium high. Keep your hand on the lid. When you start hearing popping, hold the lid down and shake the pot on the stove.
  • When popping is mostly done and gets slower, turn off the heat. Wait a minute or two before removing lid as corn will keep popping.
  • Remove popcorn to bowl and set aside. In same pot, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add sugar and salt and mix with a whisk. Heat until it boils. It will separate at first then it will become lighter in color and a bit foamy.
  • Turn off heat and pour popcorn into caramel, tossing to coat. Mix well and pour back into bowl.
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