Nutty Caramel Popcorn

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cups
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking


Nutty Caramel Popcorn Heaven!!! Perfect sweet treat for everyone to enjoy, sitting around the Christmas tree. Top with some flaky sea salt for Sweet & Salty perfection!!


  • 18 Cups Popped Popcorn (measure evenly)
  • 2 Cups Roasted & Salted Peanuts (if you want to omit peanuts, add 2 extra cups popcorn)
  • 2 Cups Packed Brown Sugar (I used light brown sugar)
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Syrup (light corn syrup)
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • Optional: Fleur de Sel for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Pop the popcorn with your method of choice. I prefer popping it in the pan but you can also use microwave popcorn, just make sure it is unflavoured with no added butter. Also, make sure you pick out all the “un-popped” kernels.
  3. Measure evenly 18 cups popcorn and divide equally between the two roasting pans. Add 1 cup peanuts to each pan.
  4. In a 2 quart saucepan/dutch oven, add the Brown Sugar, Butter and Corn Syrup. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium and add the candy thermometer to the pan. Make sure the thermometer is not touching the bottom of the pan, only the caramel. The caramel will be ready when it hits the soft ball stage on the thermometer after about 4-6 minutes. Do not stir the caramel as it’s boiling (If you don’t have a thermometer, check out my post on how to check if your caramel is done). When it’s done, remove from heat, quickly whisk in the baking soda and salt.
  5. Divide the hot caramel equally (the best you can) between the two roasting pans. Mix everything together so all the caramel coats all the popcorn.
  6. Place both roasting pans in the oven for 1 hour stirring the popcorn every 20 minutes.
  7. After one hour, carefully spread the popcorn on the prepared baking sheets. Spread it out the best you can so it’s in an even layer. If you want to sprinkle some flaky sea salt over the popcorn, this is the time. Once it cools it will stick together so break it up into peices, keep it in an airtight container or in the freezer.

Keywords: popcorn, caramel popcorn, nutty caramel popcorn, holiday dessert