Kettle Chip Caramel Popcorn


Loaded caramel popcorn! Sweet and crunchy caramel popcorn is studded with salty kettle chips and finished with a chocolate drizzle. You haven’t had caramel popcorn until you’ve had this Kettle Chip version. Look no further for your Christmas treat gift to friends and neighbors, everyone who tried this absolutely loved it!

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Caramel Popcorn with Kettle Chips!

I love this because it’s a treat that everyone both young and old alike will love and it’s perfect for the holidays.

Guests need a few treats and snacks to hold them over between meals and this popcorn will have them swooning! It’s easy to make and the hint of salt giving it that salted caramel flavor will leave everyone craving more and asking for the recipe.

Make it festive by adding sprinkles or swap out the chocolate for white chocolate – or go all out and add both. You can even leave the chocolate out of the recipe and you’ll still have a totally irresistible caramel popcorn! Try this soon, I mean duh, it has Kettle Brand Chips so it’s got to be good!

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I made it with my favorite potato chips – Kettle Brand Chips just can’t be beat! Kettle chips are available in a variety of fun flavors, made with non-GMO ingredients.

They have the most irresistible crunch, the perfect amount of salt (especially the Sea Salt flavorthat is used in this recipe) and just an unbeatable flavor. Add that to caramel popcorn, drizzle it with chocolate and I’m sure you can imagine all the delicious flavors that will happen!

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Kettle Chip Caramel Popcorn

Loaded caramel popcorn! Sweet and crunchy caramel popcorn studded with salty kettle chips and finished with a chocolate drizzle. You haven't had caramel popcorn until you've had this Kettle Chip Caramel Popcorn! Look no further for your Christmas treat gift to friends and neighbors, everyone who tried this absolutely loved it!

Servings: 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 11 cups popped plain unsalted popcorn
  • 4 cups Kettle Brand Sea Salt Kettle Chips, slightly crushed to about 2 1/2 cups
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Pour popcorn and kettle chips into an extra large mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup and bring to a boil stirring constantly. 
  3. Allow to boil 5 minutes without stirring (mine reached 252 degrees if you're using a thermometer) then immediately remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda until well combined (it will foam up and double in volume). 
  4. Immediately (and carefully, it's hot!) drizzle mixture over popcorn and toss to evenly coat. 
  5. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone liner and bake in preheated oven 1 hour, removing from oven and tossing every 15 minutes. If using sprinkles immediately add sprinkles once the 1 hour is up. Cool at room temperature.
  6. Place chocolate chips in a small mixing bowl. Heat in microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring well between intervals, until melted and smooth. 
  7. Transfer to a small resealable bag, seal bag and cut a tiny tip from the corner and drizzle chocolate evenly over popcorn.
  8.  Allow chocolate to set at room temperature or in refrigerator, then break popcorn into pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Kettle Chip Caramel Popcorn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 125mg 5%
Potassium 312mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 33g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 5.2%
Vitamin C 2.6%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 7.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Popcorn
Calories: 346 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Tammy S.: What can i sub for the corn syrup? Honey? Brown rice syrup? Thanks this looks great! February 3, 2016 at 7:20am Reply

  • Alexandra robertson: How long does this stay good for at room temperature? December 9, 2015 at 6:52pm Reply

  • Melissa Donovan: Hi there the four cups of chips….were you able to get that amount from one bag or two bags? Thanks so much. I am making this for our Christmas Party at our house. December 9, 2015 at 12:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’ll have enough from one bag. I hope you love it! December 9, 2015 at 3:54pm Reply

  • Teri Giese: Hi, Another one of those”why did I not think of that! “,(proceeding to bonk head like the v8 commercial). This is a splendid combo of ingredients! Make a caramelly covered CHEX cereal thing for the hubs,is a feed for his growing muffintop.(or closer to a whole muffin)! He loves the kettle chips, they cut my mouth all up, but I endure.So thanks for the Treat! Drooling as I type, been reading about food all day and not eaten so is why I am rambling like a weirdo… Happy Holidays!! December 4, 2015 at 9:03pm Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: Kettle chips are the best! The jalapeño and pepperoncini and roasted garlic and new York cheddar. So many to love. Putting them in this popcorn is genius! December 2, 2015 at 6:38am Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): ohemgee!!! SALTY AND SWEETNESS NIRVANA!! Love the kettle chip addition to this caramel corn! December 1, 2015 at 2:55pm Reply

  • Sara: What temp do you bake this at? This looks deliciously sinful! December 1, 2015 at 7:02am Reply

  • Kathleen: OMG! This looks dangerously delicious. I think I just may eat a whole batch myself! November 30, 2015 at 5:30pm Reply

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