Easy Caramel Popcorn – Warning: This is Addicting!

I love popcorn. Any kind of popcorn. I will eat it any day, or every day – anywhere and anytime! I seem to

Homemade caramel popcorn in our hand-colored bags

Homemade caramel popcorn in our hand-colored bags

be the only one in the family with that kind of popcorn dedication, though my dad does eat his share. Over the years I’ve found fun ways to make popcorn and enjoy mixing up the flavors and spices I use to create unique and yummy batches for my snacking cravings.

While I love the truly homemade brown paper bag method (see bottom of this post), for this recipe I do tend to use the store-bought “Homestyle” kind from Pop Secret because it is so uniform and already has that even, perfect slightly salty flavor that is perfect for this recipe.

I discovered this easy way of making your own caramel popcorn only a short while ago but it has quickly become a family favorite – especially for my two nieces when we do a slumber party! The first stage of our slumber party caramel popcorn is to decorate our own popcorn bags! Out come the markers, crayons, stickers and brown paper bags.

Then we get down to business.

Caramel Popcorn Recipe:

1/2 cup (one stick) room temperature salted butter – you can use unsalted but I find this is a good way to actually cut back on over salting the popcorn otherwise folks tend to grab the salt shaker and then it clumps together with the sugar.

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

2 bags of Homestyle Pop Secret Popcorn – popped

Cream the butter and sugar together until it is soft and well blended (try not to eat all of that mixture with a spoon or there won’t be enough for the popcorn!).

making the sugar

mixed sugar mixture

I usually split my batch in half – as it is easier to mix, fits in the bowl better, and then spreads out on a baking sheet evenly without over crowding. To do the split method, I put one bag of popped popcorn in a big bowl and then spoon half of the sugar mixture over top – then fold together.

Gently, using a rubber spatula, fold the mixture together with the popped popcorn until it is well coated.

mixing in the sugar coating

sugar coated popcorn

Spread the coated popcorn evenly on a baking sheet covered with tin-foil (this helps with clean-up).

baking the caramel popcorn

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 8 minutes or until the coating has bubbled and begun to crisp. Remove from the oven and place in a large bowl and let cool slightly so the coating hardens. If you split your batch, repeat for the second bag of popcorn.

caramel popcorn

Serve and enjoy!

Microwaveable Paper Bag Popcorn Recipe:

For those that do not want to use the store-bought microwave bags of popcorn, there is a VERY easy way to create your own microwavable popcorn bags! In a plain brown paper bag, add a 1/4 cup of un-popped popping corn kernels, a teaspoon of salt and 1-1/2 tablespoons of oil (I like to use coconut oil but olive oil is good too). Fold up the bag into thirds like the store-bought bags come – first crunching the opening a bit so that will stay together and not have popcorn exploding all over – and then place in the microwave and cook using the regular popcorn setting. You’ll need to watch your bag to make sure it begins unfolding, you may need to help it out a bit. And ta-da! Your own popcorn bag!

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