Vanilla Honey Salted Caramel Popcorn

Hi. My name is Shanna. And I am a salted caramel addict. If it can be made into salted caramel – I will make it. Such as this popcorn. Caramel popcorn good, salted caramel popcorn insane!!!

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I have friends that tell me they wish they knew how to bake, cook etc like I do. I tell them I wish I didn’t know how, because then I wouldn’t be able to make things like this salted caramel popcorn and eat all most of it myself.

Vanilla Honey Salted Caramel Popcorn PineappleandCoconut 4 Vanilla Honey Salted Caramel PopcornI have made this recipe many many times. I actually was looking through a huge box of recipes that I have yet to file away and probably wont until we move, but it was fun sitting there going through them. I had forgotten about so many. I used to always print out and save in a PILE, instead of saving to a recipe file on my computer. Because I like to be organized like that…..   Lots of recipes over the past 5 years or so from favorite blogs like How Sweet It Is, La Fuji Mama, Recipe Girl, and other sites like All-Recipes, Food Network ( lots of Bobby Flay and Alton Brown recipes) Cooks Illustrated, and Epicurious. Just to name a few.  I am a recipe hoarder. And in desperate need of organizing them all.

Vanilla Honey Salted Caramel Popcorn PineappleandCoconut 3 Vanilla Honey Salted Caramel PopcornThis recipe originally came from All-Recipes, but its pretty much the same as many other online. I only adapted it slightly by increasing the vanilla, adding big fat sea salt flakes and swapping out the corn syrup for vanilla. I am not a fan of corn syrup at all and in a lot of my recipes that call for it I have had great success swapping it for honey. Like these marshmallows.   I cook and bake with as many organic ingredients as I can since I believe in eating the best quality foods for health reasons so corn syrup isn’t an ingredient in my kitchen ever. But local raw honey always is. And the honey totally works in this caramel popcorn recipe.

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Don’t you just want to reach into that bowl and shove it all in your face? I did do. I used my kids popcorn bowls for these pics. I got them at my favorite store, Cost Plus World Market. It is SO dangerous how close that store is to my house. Every time I got there I scour the clearance aisle and swoon over all the adorable dishes and other fun kitchen stuff. Like these mini cast iron skillet I want to get soon. There is just something about mini kitchen stuff that gets me every time. Regular size? ehhh I don’ t reaaallly need it. MINI?!?!  I must have now!!!!

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The other day my blogging friends Miriam, Carla and Jen and I were talking about food styling. Jen was asking about photographing her granola recipe and the discussion turned to food scattered all over the counters. Why do that and who cleans up the mess?? That is always my first thought when I see pics of food spilling out of bowls, dripping off utensils or scattered all over. No one really eats like that, okay well  my kids do, but still. So Miriam jokingly said its OK if its spilling out of a bowl. So this pic is dedicated to her

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Vanilla Honey Salted Caramel Popcorn
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 4-6
My twist on caramel popcorn by using honey, extra vanilla and large sea salt flakes. So good, it doesn't last more than a day - hard to stop eating once you start! Adapted from All Recipes
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup) unsalted
  • 2 cups brown sugar ( I used dark)
  • ½c honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 6 quarts freshly popped popcorn ( unsalted and no butter, preferably air popped)
  • 1½ tsp large sea salt flakes, such as maldon
  1. Preheat oven to 250 deg. F. Set out two large cookie sheets with an edge (jelly roll pans) and place half the popcorn in a large bowl.
  2. Heat butter, honey and brown sugar over medium heat stirring until melted, raise heat and let boil for 4 minutes. Removed from heat and immediately add the vanilla, baking soda and salt. The mixture will bubble up rapidly so stir quickly.
  3. Pour half the mixture over half the popcorn in the bowl, stirring well to coat, add the other half of the popcorn in the bowl and pour the remaining caramel sauce over the popcorn stirring again.
  4. Spread the popcorn mixture evenly in the two pans. Don’t worry if all the popcorn didn’t get covered. The sauce will melt again while baking and stirring will help get it all coated.
  5. Place pans in oven and bake for one hour. Every 15 minutes exactly stir well to help get all the popcorn coated
  6. Removed after an hour and stir again, as it cools the popcorn will stick together so continue to stir and break up the larger pieces in to smaller ones. Store the caramel corn in an airtight container or resealable baggie. This will keep at room temperature up to 2 week – unless you eat it all first!



Vanilla Honey Salted Caramel Popcorn PineappleandCoconut 5 Vanilla Honey Salted Caramel PopcornThis pretty much sums up how good this caramel popcorn is!

P.S. This caramel popcorn is also insanely good on top of vanilla ice cream. Just FYI


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  1. Ooh! I love caramel corn. This would be perfect to serve at a Super Bowl party this weekend!
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  2. This looks like a highly addictive snack!
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  3. Shanna, you have outdone your recipe developing self! Honestly, I could just dive head first into a bowl full of your Vanilla Honey Salted Caramel Popcorn and never come up for air! Thank you for sharing. This is definitely a MUST MAKE recipe! xoxo
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  4. Hi Shanna! My name is Kate and I am a salted caramel addict too. Oh and a serious popcorn addict too! So you’ve pretty much made my perfect food right now. Yummmm!
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  5. Looks great! But, I’m not seeing honey anywhere on the ingredient list. Am I missing something?

  6. I love salted caramel too…and this looks wonderful Shanna!!
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  7. i’ve been using our air popper alot lately….this sounds like a fun variation to try. yum!
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  8. This looks so unbelievably delicious! And I’m cracking up at your conversation about food photography styling. I go down that road sometimes, and I’m like, who would really plop their bowl of soup or their cocktail right on top of the cutting board with all the crap on it?! 😉 Your photos are beautiful, both those with spillage and those without.
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    • right? Like who really scatters ingredients all over next to their plate or bowl just to sit down and eat? no one. But it makes for good photo “styling” . But then you have to go clean up your mess. ha ha

  9. Stop it with this. I mean really. I have shameful stories of eating *only* the caramel third of those giant buckets of popcorn at Christmas. Year after year, even though they probably have all kinds of terrible stuff in them. Good to have a better way of getting my fix!

    Also, the scattering thing? Such a pain! I did that with hazelnuts for the nutella bars and they kept rolling off the board I had them on and then bouncing all over my floor and my cat was chasing them. It was madness. MADNESS, I TELL YOU! sigh… The things we do for a pretty picture.
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  10. Ok, firstly, this looks awesome and half of me hates you because I am trying so hard to kick my popcorn addiction.
    Second, I didn’t give blanket approval for bowls spilled over, I said it’s better than just scattering the popcorn.
    Third, I want those bowls. :( Can I steal them from your kids?
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    • You are awesome!! I was cracking up typing that part knowing you still didn’t like the mess of food everywhere and that bowls tipped were better than nothing, but after the other day’s convo on twitter I had to take these pics!! Also, my kids love those bowls so you might have to fight them for them! ha ha

  11. This stuff was soooo good when you let me taste it. I just wish you had photographed it so I could take some home with me. Now I’ll have to make it myself.

    • I have some in my freezer – only problem is I realized the chicken stock I used wasn’t my normal when I made this second batch and has mushrooms in it. SO I will make more for you

  12. I love both salted caramel and popcorn! This looks incredible! Sometimes I wish I didnt love baking and cooking and eating so much. It would give me so much time not exercising to burn it all off 😉 Golden syrup is also a good substitute for corn syrup.
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    • I have yet to find golden syrup! And I have heard its a good substitute as well – and want to try it as soon as I can find it! And I hear ya on the exercising just to balance off our cooking and baking skills! ha ha

  13. Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

  14. Shanna, you naughty girl! This caramel corn looks FANTASTIC. And it’s salted!! Dreams really do come true! <3 <3
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  15. Anne-Marie says:

    Cannot see honey on this recipe so I just subbed coconut sugar. also in australia we do not use sticks of butter and your cup measurement is different to ours so i just guestimated thinking it is not THAT crucial

    • I edited the recipe because I totally forgot to add in the honey!! So it is there now and you are correct since this isn’t a cake or cookie the butter doesn’t need to be exact and it will still turn out fine. I believe one stick of butter here is 113g I can add that in my notes

  16. OH THAT LOOKS SOOOOOO GOOD!!!! I am the worst cook so I love that I found your blog and see all the cool stuff you do and cook!!! Visiting from SITS. I am SO gonna try this… I loves me some caramel popcorn! :)
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  17. This recipe looks AMAZING!!!! I am gonna try it… THANKS!! Visiting from SITS!

  18. This recipe looks AMAZING!!! Can’t wait to try it! Visiting from SITS!
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  19. I love the idea to put it on top of ice cream. Brilliant. Amazing.

    I would like a big bowl (or two!) right now.
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  20. So happy to find a no corn syrup recipe. This was really yummy except I am only going to bake it 30 min next time.

    • Yeah! Glad you liked. I have always baked for the full hour – but I am sure that 30 would work just fine to. That just means you can eat it faster and that TOTALLY works for me!!!

  21. Hi Shanna

    This looks amazing! I was so happy to find a recipe that doesn’t contain corn syrup so thank you for posting! Will link to you as soon as I make and blog this recipe.

    Looks heavenly!!


  22. This recipe is awesome!
    Made mine with medical cannibutter, came out perfect. best-ever recipe for caramel corn!
    Thanks a bunch!

  23. Hi!

    I want to make this.. but i’m confused about one thing. Do you pop the popcorn first or will it pop in the oven with the caramel coating on it? I can’t figure this out. All popcorn recipes I’m reading are saying that the popcorn needs to be popped first

  24. This looks incredible and I’ll be making this, stat. I’m also a recipe hoarder with absolutely no good way of organizing them all … whoops!
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  25. 6 quarts of popcorn? What is that? I thought quarts were only for liquids, what would this be in cups?

  26. I don’t have an air popper. Would it change the end product if I pop the popcorn with coconut oil rather than air popping the popcorn? Also do you think using sucanet rather than brown sugar would be fine? Thanks!


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