Pumpkin Pie Spice White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn


Have you ever grabbed a bag of the specialty popcorn while out shopping and fallen in love with the first bite and simply can’t resist finishing off the rest of the bag? I always love them but I rarely buy them because I can make a much larger batch at home without the preservatives and it doesn’t cost nearly as much.  This is the kind we sampled last time I was out shopping with my kids, but instead of buying the bag we just came home and made it…and devoured it in no time. The one at the store was labeled as “white chocolate pumpkin spice popcorn” but why leave out the “pie”?

Pumpkin Pie Spice White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn | Cooking Classy

If you love or hate pumpkin pie then you’ll love this recipe. That may sound strange right? If you hate pumpkin pie then you’ll like this pumpkin pie spice popcorn. Why? Because it has no pumpkin. It’s just carmely, crunchy, pumpkin pie spiced perfection and it’s completely addicting. I’m going to have to limit how frequently I make this stuff :). Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Spice White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn | Cooking Classy


Pumpkin Pie Spice White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn | Cooking Classy

Pumpkin Pie Spice White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn | Cooking Classy


Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn with White Chocolate


  • 1/2 cup , unpopped popcorn kernals (10 cups popped)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter*
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 5 oz chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Pop popcorn into a very large bowl, remove any unpopped kernals. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and salt. Bring mixture to a boil and allow to boil 4 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and add in vanilla and baking soda and stir mixture until it thick and glossy. Pour half of caramel sauce over popcorn then toss several times, add remaining caramel sauce and toss popcorn until evenly coated. Spread popcorn onto a large rimmed cookie sheet and bake in pre-heated oven 1 hour, stirring popcorn every 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely then in a microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate on 50% power in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Pour melted white chocolate into a piping bag or ziploc bag, cut a very small tip from corner and drizzle popcorn with melted white chocolate, then allow to set at room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
  2. *salted butter works fine too, just reduce the amount of salt to 1/4 tsp if using salted butter.
  3. Recipe Source: adapted slightly from allrecipes.com

Pumpkin Pie Spice White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn | Cooking Classy


  • Megan: I am going to make this! I think I might have to drizzle with milk (or dark) chocolate, too! Thanks for the recipe!! August 27, 2013 at 1:36pm Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: What perfect flavors for a fall snack! August 27, 2013 at 1:16pm Reply

  • Aleda Burkholder: Think one could use honey or agave instead of corn syrup? August 27, 2013 at 9:07am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend it for this recipe as the honey or agave could burn. August 27, 2013 at 9:33am Reply

  • Kelly: Looks wonderful. My only question is…where does the white chocolate come into play? August 27, 2013 at 6:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That was a really dumb thing to leave out :), thanks for pointing it out! I’ve added it above. September 6, 2013 at 12:57pm Reply

  • Sarah: Your pictures get prettier by the day! And this popcorn looks incredible! August 27, 2013 at 6:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Sarah :)! August 27, 2013 at 7:50am Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: Jaclyn, the other week I was shopping with my friend and we found this amazing chocolate drizzled popcorn and we bought a huge bag of it to share. After one bite – there was no sharing. We had to get another bag. It was SO good! And I feel like it would be the same with this amazing version. I adore pumpkin spice… anything. Wonderful munchy recipe to enjoy this fall! August 27, 2013 at 5:11am Reply

  • Chelsea Elizabeth: I am really going to have to try this! Pumpkin flavored anything is practically my favorite everytime and I loooove caramel and popcorn! Looks super yummy August 27, 2013 at 5:10am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: This is my holy grail of amazing things…popcorn (eat it almost every day), caramel, white choc (my fave!) and pumpkin <—Yes!!! Pinned! It looks amazing and love your opening pic! Do you use photoshop for that kind of thing? I use Lightroom and then add text with Picmonkey. I am photoshop-challenged :) August 26, 2013 at 8:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I eat popcorn almost every day too :) love the stuff! thanks for pinning Averie! And yes I use photoshop for all of my photos, I’ve been wanting to try lightroom but I’ve finally started to get the hang of photoshop so now I don’t want to learn another program, but I always love your pics so you inspire me to want try lightroom. August 27, 2013 at 1:51pm Reply

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