Vanilla caramel popcorn

Great vanilla caramel popcorn recipe for any holiday or occasion. This recipe for vanilla caramel popcorn serves 6 people and is done in about 20 minutes.

20 minutes 6 people Snacks
Vanilla caramel popcorn


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  • Handful dried corn kernels
  • 1 cup butter (250 gram)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, we've used sunflower oil
  • 2 cups brown sugar (400 gram)
  • Squeeze of honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vanilla caramel popcorn ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • A large plastic bowl
  • Silicone spatula
  • A whisk
  • 1 small saucepan
  • 1 large skillet + lid that fits exactly inside the pan
  • silicone mat


20 minutes 6 people Snacks

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Preparing the caramel sauce -- 10 minutes

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt all of the butter. POUR in the brown sugar and gently whisk until the sugar dissolves into the hot butter.

SQUEEZE in as much honey as you'd like. We've noticed that the taste of honey will be slightly absorbed by the popcorn, so adding a little more than you would normally do is perfectly fine.

ADD 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and keep whisking until the caramel sauce thickens. While you make the sauce, pop some corn kernels for our vanilla caramel popcorn. 

Vanilla caramel popcorn
Vanilla caramel popcorn

Making the vanilla caramel popcorn -- 10 minutes

PUT the large skillet on medium-high heat and add in the vegetable oil. Wait for a minute or two for the oil to get hot. If you want to know whether the oil is hot enough, add in 1 or 2 corn kernels.

When those pop, the oil is hot enough! ADD in a handful of corn kernels and put the lid on the skillet. Be mindful to not add in too many corn kernels.

This is because those kernels will pop and grow very quickly, so you'll need some space in the pan. You can bake them in smaller batches if you like.

Let every corn kernel pop (this should only take a few minutes), then remove them from the pan into a large plastic bowl. We always enjoy making popcorn since it's so easy to make, also the smells are incredible!

Take your large plastic bowl containing the freshly made popcorn and pour over some of the caramel sauce. TURN the popcorn using a silicone spatula, continue doing so until all of the popcorn has been coated nicely with the caramel sauce.

You probably don't need all of the sauce for the vanilla caramel popcorn. You can add more popcorn to the mix if you do not prefer so much coating around each popcorn.

Spread your popcorn onto a silicone mat and wait a few minutes so they won't be too sticky anymore. Enjoy!

If you're wondering if young kids can have popcorn, too, you can check that here for more information.

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