Salted Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn is one of the greatest parts of the holidays! It's the ultimate party snack food and the perfect gift to share with others as it's basically guaranteed to be thoroughly enjoyed. This version is chewy, perfectly sweet and nicely balanced with hints of salt.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Popcorn
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 359 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 1 - 1 1/4 cups popcorn kernels, popped (use the lesser for thicker caramel coating)
  • 2 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt, or to taste, divided
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condesned milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Pour popped popcorn into two large mixing bowls or 1 giant mixing bowl. In a medium saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and 1/2 tsp of the sea salt.
  2.  Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Once it reaches a boil, add sweetened condensed milk, then return to a boil and cook mixture, stirring constantly, until it reaches 236 - 238 degrees on a candy thermometer. 
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla then stir in 1 tsp of the fine sea salt (you can also stir in remaining 1/2 tsp sea salt or reserve to sprinkle over popcorn, whichever you prefer). 
  4. Drizzle half of the caramel over popcorn then toss several times and drizzle in remaining caramel and toss, sprinkling in remaining 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste) during tossing and toss popcorn until evenly coated with caramel. 
  5. Allow to cool then store in airtight containers.

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