Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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This was supposed to be a post about how healthy it is to make air popped popcorn for the kids.

Plain and simple popcorn makes an excellent after school snack, so quick and easy and no butter required.

But no!

My daughter, Minnie The Minx, took one look at the new popcorn maker and rushed off to find a children’s magazine with a toothachingly sweet recipe for caramel popcorn.

We made it and it’s just too good not to share.  This is a fantastic popcorn recipe for a children’s birthday party, or any event where you’ll be sharing.

making the easy caramel popcorn recipe


Please enjoy this decadent recipe and don’t forget to brush your teeth after eating it.


Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

1/2 cup of popcorn kernels

80g butter

2tbsp honey

170g caster sugar

2 tbsp milk

Sprinkles, chocolate bits, mini marshmallows

Gather a group of children to help you eat this sweet, sticky treat.

Pop the popcorn.

Place honey, butter, sugar and milk in a pan and melt together over a medium heat.

Bring to the boil and boil gently for about five minutes, stirring.

 Pour the caramel over the popcorn and mix together.

Sprinkle with 100s and 1000s or mini marshmallows or chocolate chips.

Let set for a few minutes. You can roll into balls in wet hands.

Scoff the lot… no… share with lots of children.

Start marathon training.

 easy caramel popcorn recipe

easy caramel popcorn recipe

Cuisinart Hot Air Popcorn Maker Review

We have found this machine super easy to use and much better than the one we had before which had given up the ghost.

This machine blows hot air which pops the corn fast and furiously. It pops a large bowlful at a time and just takes a few minutes. The machine is very light, handy for popping in and out of my top appliance cupboard.

I seriously love a simple plain popped popcorn and usually give that to the kids – we take our own to the movies sometimes.

There are many recipes in the instruction leaflet though, we will try out a simple cinnamon sugar popcorn recipe, and they have some interesting Asian-inspired flavourings.

This machine costs $69.95, a good investment I think.

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Happy popping!


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Posted on: August 7, 2013


  • Reply August 7, 2013

    Wendy Hatton

    Plain popcorn my be good for you but my dog refuses to eat it and that has got to be a sign hasn’t it! Can’t eat it cloyingly sweet dusted in icing sugar as my kids like it but artery clogging salt makes it go down a treat.

  • Reply August 7, 2013

    Desire Empire

    Definitely plain as I am not a love of sweet things. I know your daughter loved this one as I’m sure my kids would too.

  • Reply August 7, 2013

    Charmaine Campbell

    I love sweet and savoury but I once made popcorn balls with melted marshmallows which held them together and they were delicious for the adults just as much as the kids!

  • Reply August 7, 2013

    Narelle Rock

    I love popcorn with lots of butter and salt, not very healthy but the best way to eat it!

  • Reply August 7, 2013

    Kim Featherstone

    Plain popcorn is the best, it is so good for you also

  • Reply August 7, 2013

    Jasmine Nelson

    Plain popcorn because it’s healthier and you can use it as packing material. Instead of using Styrofoam – use popcorn 😉

  • Reply August 7, 2013


    Usually just with butter, but I think I really want to try that caramel recipe

  • Reply August 7, 2013


    Each member of our family eat popcorns in their own way…

    When I was a little girl I use to love popcorns soaked in honey but now I prefer to eat them with butter,salt and turmeric.
    My husband prefers to eat them plain.
    My son loves to eat popcorns with melted chocolate on them or with melted marshmallows – To be honest it makes me feel old.

  • I put soy sauce on popcorn – use the best, I love Kikkoman! Very interested by these Asian-inspired flavorings you mention 🙂

  • Reply August 9, 2013


    I love popcorn with a little butter and salt! Sometimes I do enjoy a little cheese on top, too!

  • Reply August 10, 2013

    Lydia C. Lee

    Got to say I’m a sucker for caramel – but the smell of fresh hot popcorn gets me everytime – childhood, delicious and comforting all rolled into one.

  • Reply August 10, 2013

    Mary Preston

    The healthy answer is plain, but that’s just a big fat lie. If I don’t have it ‘savoury’ with lashings of salt and butter, then it’s sweet with caramel, marshmallows and hundreds and thousands. The calories are piling on just by typing this.

  • Reply August 10, 2013

    Hotly Spiced

    I like flavoured popcorn and I make a caramel popcorn with nuts. The trouble is, the recipe makes an enormous bowl of popcorn and I’ll sit there with the bowl in front of me, idly watching TV and then suddenly I’ll notice there’s very little left in the bowl. It’s like a shock to me as in, ‘I couldn’t possibly have eaten all that’. Like you say, ‘marathon training’ xx

  • Reply August 10, 2013


    Plain but only because I’m being lazy or can’t wait to dig in/

  • Reply August 10, 2013


    Oh I love caramel popcorn… it is so dangerous for me to make because once I start eating it I really can’t stop!!!

  • Reply August 11, 2013

    Rachel K

    “Pregnancy Flavour” – Pickled cucumber and ice cream flavoured popcorn – of course you run the risk of giving birth to a child with who is a huge “popcorn addict” and cannot get enough. Ha, ha!

  • Reply August 11, 2013

    Effie Bakkalis

    Whoever thought that corn could taste to light and fluffy?
    Once it’s attacked with heat, it goes all white and puffy!
    My favourite popcorn flavour is natural and plain,
    No fat, no sugar, no chemicals, how can you complain?
    I eat it as a treat when the hunger pains are near,
    It’s my non-guilty snack – cheap and available all year!

  • Reply August 11, 2013

    Rachel Kriss-Newell

    Popcorn smothered with lots of butter. Terrible for the arteries but oh so yummy, except when your toddler decides to see how much popcorn she can jam up her nose. Oh and it didn’t stop there, she found a much better way of using up the unpopped kernels in the bottom of the bowl – see how many you can put in your ear.

    After an impromptu trip to the doctors we then concluded she would be much better with potato chips. Now all she can do is grind them into the carpet. I threw out the last piece of popping plastic so she thought the chips made just as good a sound when you stomp on them.

    God help us – and she’s only two. What will she be up to at 8.

    (I’m a regular subscriber)

  • Reply August 11, 2013

    Melissa o

    I love it plain, it’s such a tasty and healthy snack. I love it! Perfect for packing for on the go snacking for the toddler. I add Craisins and nuts to it for a Uni snack.

  • Reply August 11, 2013

    Kim m

    I have recently discovered sweet and salty popcorn, just add a small amount of oil, salt and caster sugar, sounds weird but it is delicious. All the girls at work are hooked too!!

  • Reply August 11, 2013


    definitely flavoured – caramel for me

  • Reply August 12, 2013


    Plain popcorn is like toast without butter, cereal without milk, Nina without Patrick….. it just isn’t right!! You need something delish on popcorn to make your tastebuds dance! My favourite right now is salted caramel…. oh yeah!!

  • Reply August 12, 2013


    Cream cheese icing drizzled over hot popcorn and sprinkled with cinnamon and little sugar.

  • Reply August 12, 2013


    Popcorn with lashings of butter is the only way to go, along with an excellent movie on the couch!

  • Reply August 12, 2013

    Jessie Hay

    I love caramel popcorn and use a recipe taught to me by my grandmother- so yummy!! 🙂
    I have been a subscriber for quite a while now 🙂

  • Reply August 12, 2013

    Lorna M

    Salted Caramel Popcorn, yummy love it, I’m magically transported into a fat free realm when I indulge in this. When the bowl is empty, that’s when guilty face emerge.

  • Reply August 12, 2013

    karina w

    Flavoured – with lashings of sour cream and popcorn flavouring! I want the entire popcorn covered!

  • Reply August 13, 2013

    Melissa Jones

    I’m a big fan of caramel popcorn. More caramel more tasty. Even if the kernel shell from popcorn gets stuck in my teeth, I don’t care, just enjoy the sweet and creamy moment.

  • Reply August 15, 2013


    Oh Seana, I would love to win this giveaway! I used to have a popcorn maker when I was a child (around 8 years old). It was very fancy at the time (although the appliance was pretty basic), I used to be really proud of it and would make pop corn (plain) when my friends from school came over to visit. Winning this prize would bring me straight back to childhood, and that’s what I need after having just turned 30 last week!

    I eat my popcorn plain, but would like to try with salted caramel, just like in France!

  • Reply August 16, 2013

    Darlene Lewis

    This looks very scrumptious and sweet, which are my too favorite combinations! My loyalty runs deep for Cuisinart products, I have about 15 different appliances in my kitchen right now. I love waking up in the morning to a delicious cup of coffee created by my Cuisinart coffee maker parts which came at a great price from http://www.thegourmetdepotco.com/cuisinart/

  • Reply August 17, 2013


    I am so hooked on sweet and salty popcorn! The flavours are so tasty. YUM!

  • Reply August 17, 2013

    Belinda Baker

    Has to be icing sugar if I am by myself. If the kiddies are around then it is plain old, plain old with nothing on top.

  • Reply August 20, 2013

    Zoe I

    I cant resist butter popcorn
    Salty yummy treat
    It just cant be beat

  • Reply August 20, 2013


    Plain please. Cause once I pop, I can’t stop!

  • Reply August 20, 2013

    Crystal Donohue

    I absolutely love having butter and caramel on my popcorn! Its delicious, heavenly bliss that is easy to create and devour also amongst the family!

  • Reply August 20, 2013

    Michelle Gray

    Wine soaked popcorn, that’s corn and fruit isn’t it, must be good for you 😉

  • Reply August 21, 2013


    I love flavored popcorn with cinnamon and frosting!

  • Reply August 21, 2013

    Emily Lawes

    It’s not only about the flavour but what you have the popcorn with! Caramel is the yummiest but what makes it amazing is having it with a glass of wine and Channing Tatum in your lounge room, snuggling on a Saturday night!

  • Reply August 21, 2013

    Teena Lewis

    I was sick of the kids alwasy eating my popcorn so I made cajun flavoured popcorn, needless to say kids dont eat mine anymore, am I bad 🙂

  • Reply August 21, 2013

    Han E

    Depends on my mood aka taste buds 😉 I love both Caramel Popcorn or popcorn with butter and salt ….

  • Reply August 21, 2013


    *wipes drool* those pictures look so yummy!
    Tough question, but…

    I love my popcorn plain,
    really – it’s not mundane.
    A dash of sea salt,
    will put nothing at fault!
    Pop, pop, goes Cusinart,
    then here comes the best part,
    sharing it with the family,
    just EPIC to put it plainly;
    bursting with flavours of corn,
    pure culinary perfection is born!
    Easy-going on the waist,
    Nothing beats the natural taste,
    especially not the cinema kind,
    which doesn’t quite blow my mind.

    Thanks very much for the chance to win! Saw this post shared on another website and came to check your website out. Happy to say I’m a new subscriber =D xx

  • Reply August 21, 2013


    plain because it’s so much healthier!

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