Caramel popcorn is a timeless snack that delights your taste buds with its sweet, crunchy goodness. Elevating this classic treat, coconut sugar caramel popcorn adds a unique twist, combining the rich flavor of caramel with the subtle sweetness of coconut sugar. This recipe is a delightful blend of sweet, salty, and nutty flavors, perfect for movie nights, parties, or as a satisfying anytime snack.
This coconut sugar popcorn contains minimal ingredients--in fact you will only need 5 ingredients to make this recipe! This naturally sweet treat is made from coconut sugar which has a nice caramelly taste to it. You can use this recipe to make some Zebra popcorn too! We even use this sauce recipe to make apple caramel popcorn in the fall.
For this recipe you will need:
- popped popcorn
- honey or corn syrup
- coconut sugar
- vanilla extract
Instructions for Making Coconut Sugar Caramel Popcorn
Using your preferred method, pop the popcorn kernels and set them aside in a large mixing bowl. Remove any un-popped kernels.
Place the butter in a saucepan on the stove. On medium heat, melt the butter. Once butter is melted, add the coconut sugar and honey or corn syrup. Bring mixture to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, continue to boil for five minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in the vanilla. Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and stir thoroughly to combine.
Once popcorn is mixed, spread the popcorn evenly on a cookie sheet. Place the popcorn in a 250 degree preheated oven for fifteen minutes, stirring the popcorn halfway through to bake the popcorn evenly.
Remove the popcorn from the oven and allow the popcorn to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
You can use honey or corn syrup in this recipe. You can also make this recipe dairy free and vegan by using dairy free butter and substituting the honey or corn syrup with maple syrup or agave.
Your coconut sugar popcorn can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week. The longer the popcorn sits, the less crisp it may become.
Some simple and fun variations include drizzling some melted white chocolate over the top of your popcorn. You can also add nuts, dried fruits, or chocolate to your popcorn.
Absolutely! You can use pre-popped popcorn from a store or microwave bags. Ensure that it's unsalted and plain to best absorb the caramel coating.
Coconut sugar offers a unique caramel-like flavor due to its natural caramel notes. It also adds a subtle hint of coconut, enhancing the overall taste. It also has some good health benefits.
Yes, you can! Substitute the unsalted butter with vegan butter or coconut oil, and replace corn syrup with maple syrup or agave nectar.
Store the cooled caramel popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature. It stays fresh for up to a week, but the longer it sits, the less crisp it may become.
Absolutely! Get creative by adding nuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruits to the caramel popcorn for a personalized touch.
Coconut Sugar Caramel Popcorn
- 9 cups popped popcorn approximately ½ cup corn kernels, popped
- For the Caramel Sauce:
- ½ cup butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Eliminate any unpopped kernels from the popcorn and discard them. Transfer the popped popcorn to a large mixing bowl.
- On the stovetop, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add the coconut sugar and honey. Allow the mixture to reach a boiling point. Once it starts boiling, continue boiling for a steady five minutes, ensuring constant stirring. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and blend in the vanilla extract. Pour this caramel blend over the popcorn in the bowl, stirring thoroughly to ensure an even coating.
- After the popcorn is well coated, evenly spread it onto a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet with the popcorn in a preheated oven set to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the popcorn for fifteen minutes, pausing halfway to stir it for uniform baking.
- Take the popcorn out of the oven and allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. This cooling period helps the caramel coating set and ensures a better serving consistency.
This recipe is naturally gluten free.
To make this recipe dairy free/vegan use dairy free butter. Substitute the honey or corn syrup for agave or maple syrup.