Caramel Popcorn Recipe | How to Make Caramel Popcorn using leftover Popcorn | Startup Cooking



caramel popcorn

Caramel Popcorn is sweet, crunchy and delicious! This popcorn is quick and easy to make and it takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. 

Caramel popcorn is made of popcorn coated with a sugar based caramel candy shell that is normally less than 1mm thick. This sugar syrup is heated up until it browns, thick and producing a caramelized candy syrup and then coated with fresh popped popcorn or leftover popcorn. Here I am using the leftover popcorn from the last movie night. This is one of the best way to use the leftover.

Caramel popcorn is super yummy snack and perfect to serve on evening snacks, kids parties, pot lucks, Christmas, thanksgiving, etc., This stovetop method is so delicious and 100% addictive that everyone should try. Follow my step by step photo recipe to prepare Caramel Popcorn. If you like this recipe share it, tweet it and pin it. Please do try and post your comments.

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caramel popcorn


Coarse      : Snack

Cuisine     : Universal

Author      : Jayashree Karthik

Prep Time : 10 min

Cook Time : 5 min

Total Time  : 15 min

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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • pinch of baking soda
  • 4 cup leftover popcorn


  • take a pan, add the sugar and let the sugar melt on very low heat
  • do not stir the sugar now
  • once the sugar starts to melt and if you see any brown color, stir it carefully on very low heat
  • cook until the entire sugar melts and changes to brown color
  • once the sugar melts thoroughly, add unsalted butter and a pinch of baking soda and mix immediately
  • after adding the baking soda, you can see the froth appears on the sauce
  • now switch off the flame and add leftover popcorn and allow the caramel sauce to coat  on all the sides of the popcorn
  • transfer the caramel coated popcorn over a parchment paper and spread evenly
  • allow the popcorn to cool down completely (caramel will get harden)
  • serve as a snack
  • Enjoy!
  • store these caramel popcorn in an air tight container for up to 1-2 week
  • do not burn the caramel sauce, once if you see the brown color, switch off the flame immediately
  • in the same recipe, you can replace the popcorn with almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews or peanuts.

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caramel popcorn

Caramel Popcorn with Step By Step Photo Recipe

add sugar in a pan and cook on very low flame

the sugar starts to melt 

mix well with the ladle slowly and continue to cook on very low flame

sugar melts thoroughly 

add unsalted butter and pinch of baking soda

the butter melts and the froth starts to appear

mix well and switch off the flame

add leftover popcorn

allow the caramel sauce to coat on all the sides of popcorn

transfer the caramel coated popcorn over a parchment paper 
and spread evenly, cool down completely

    serve as snack

    caramel popcorn


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