The Ultimate Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe (2024)

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I'm in trouble. I made a batch of salted caramel popcorn, and no one is home to help me eat it! Help! I don't think it's going to make it until my kids get home. No joke!

Because you have to try this popcorn, I'm sharing the recipe today. You can thank me later. Keep reading for the full details necessary to create this salted caramel popcorn deliciousness?

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Amazing Salted Caramel Popcorn

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Who's ready for the best snack ever? Because my mom made the best caramel popcorn ever growing up, I consider myself somewhat of an expert popcorn taster. Her recipe was always the best, and I'm going to tell you her secret: After smothering the popcorn with gooey caramelly goodness, bake it in the oven to give it some crispiness. As a result, your teeth won't stick together when you eat this caramel corn. It's sweet, crunchy, and delicious.

Ready to get started? It's a lot easier than you think, and it only takes a few ingredients.

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Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe


  • 2 cubes of butter (1 cup)
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of light corn syrup
  • popped popcorn (pop about 1 cup of kernels)
  • sea salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 250°.
  2. Popthe popcorn and remove as many unpopped kernels as possible. I prefer to use an air popper. This recipe makes quite a bit of caramel, so you'll need to pop about 1 cup of kernels. (You could cut the recipe in half, but I know you're going to want a ton of caramel popcorn!) You can adjust the popcorn-to-caramel ratio to your taste. The more popcorn you pop, the less caramelly your popcorn will turn out. Put the popped popcorn in a large bowl.

Removing the unpopped kernels from the popped corn is such a pain! I figured out a trick to make it simple, so I created a little tutorial for you. Check out my popcorn life hack below.

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup until well blended. Bring to a boil. Boil while stirring constantly for 2 minutes. (Use your judgment on the temperature. I cook mine on medium-high to high heat because I am impatient, but I watch and stir constantly.)
  2. Pour the caramel over the popped corn. Sprinkle the popcorn liberally with sea salt and stir in the caramel.
  3. Spread the popcorn in a single layer onto two cookie sheets, and sprinkle it again with sea salt.

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  1. Bake the caramel popcorn in the oven for 25 minutes, stirring the popcorn once in the middle of baking. (Add more sea salt at that time, if you wish.)
  2. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!

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It's amazing, right? You'll never eat caramel corn without baking it again!

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  1. Konstantina

    Yesss!! I always prefe caramel popcorn especially home made. I actually did something a lot similar yesterday for our movie night.


  2. Joyce

    If I won the Instant Pot I'd make soup, soup, SOUP!


  3. Amber Myers

    Yum, I'll try this out during our next movie night. We all love caramel popcorn. I've never tried to make it on my own before.


  4. Patricia-Ann Que

    this is my fave flavor of popcorn! love it while watching movie and great for serving guests as well! would love to try this!


  5. Jessi Joachim

    OoOoOo This salted caramel popcorn looks super delicious! I love popcorn, and there is something special about a salty sweet combo! I will have to make this with my kids for sure!


  6. Tisha

    Awesome giveaway you have going on here! I hear great things about the instant pot! Seems like it does it all!


  7. Tara Pittman

    This recipe is so easy. I need to make caramel corn for gifts and put it in those cone wrappers.


  8. Alvern @ Success Unscrambled

    I love popcorn. The only thing better than popcorn will have to be salted caramel popcorn and right next to that is the lime and salt popcorn.


  9. Anna Nwa

    This recipe looks so good! I'm always looking for new ones to try around the Christmas season. This would be perfect with some hot chocolate and a Christmas movie :)


  10. Jessica Taylor

    Ouuuuu this looks so good! My daughter and I are both suckers for popcorn!


  11. AnythingRad.Com

    This is perfect for our movie nights here at home!! Will definitely try this one out! Yay!


  12. Devyani Ray

    I love how you started the post! That's some serious problem to have. I can't believe you made this in the IP. I am trying this for sure. My son will love it.


  13. Carli

    Wow that looks delicious!! I love popcorn and caramel corn, but I have never tried to make it at home. I do pop popcorn sometimes, but I have never thought to make caramel corn. This might just be my next project I work on with my daughter.


  14. Pradnya

    Oh my god I love salted caramel popcorn. Will be definitely trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing.


  15. Rebecca Wilson

    I am such a huge fan of popcorn and all the different flavors. This looks like it would be incredible!


  16. Kaitlyn Nicole

    I love caramel popcorn and am so glad I now know how to make it! This is exciting stuff.


  17. aisasami

    I want that small crockpot. But Japan doesn't sell those things, they don't really use it.


  18. Kay

    I've been wanting an instant pot. This popcorn looks delicious. Very nice giveaway


  19. Vanessa Mota

    My kids love caramel popcorn. I think I'll be trying to make it this weekend!


  20. Bindu Thomas

    I love the way how it looks! I prefer home made caramel popcorn for movie nights.


  21. Stephanie Parrell

    This would be a great little gift to go with a movie or something like that. I dont know if I would be able to do it though without a pressure cooker :(


  22. Hannah Marie

    I did not knowing that making this flavor is such an easy step. I am really excited to try this! Yum!


  23. Suzanne

    I love salted caramel popcorn! It is so good and what a fun giveaway this is! xo, Suzanne


  24. Susan Christy

    The first thing I would make with the Instant Pot is a meatloaf.


  25. Kelly

    It looks so good! This salted caramel popcorn will be a big hit in my family. Thank you for sharing!


  26. Toughcookiemommy

    We love caramel salted popcorn in our home. It is the perfect treat for enjoying with the whole family during movie nights here at home.


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