Coconut Sugar Caramel Corn

homemade caramel cornEver since I failed miserably at crafting caramel chips a few days ago, I have been rethinking my approach to caramel in general.  If you check the standard cookbooks that most people own, the caramel recipes nearly always call for white sugar, corn syrup, brown sugar, or some combination thereof.

Natural sweeteners can be a bit of a challenge by comparison!  I have had success making caramel with honey, like in my caramel sauce in a homemade macchiato or even these grain-free salted caramel shortbread bars.  While honey worked in those recipes, I hoped to find another whole sugar that would work well for a caramel sauce.

Enter coconut (or palm) sugar!  Coconut sugar combined with melted butter makes this recipe absolutely gorgeous.  The richness from the butter melds beautifully with the satisfying sweetness of the coconut sugar and the crunch of the sea salt into a sweet and savory bowl of popcorn everyone will love!

Coconut sugar is one of my favorite sweeteners!  I have a large bag in my pantry, and I use it nearly as often as my sucanat (whole cane sugar).  One of the major benefits of using coconut sugar is that it is a low glycemic sweetener.  So if you are sensitive to sugar, this is a great wholesome sweetener to use.

Equipment Needed:

low sugar caramel popcorn

Coconut Sugar Caramel Corn

14-15 cups popped plain popcorn (about 1/2 cup unpopped)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (buy grass-fed butter here, how to make butter here)
1/2 cup coconut sugar (buy coconut or palm sugar here)
1/2 teaspoon good vanilla (buy extracts here)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (buy unrefined salt here)

  1. Melt butter gently in a saucepan.  Add sugar while the butter melts, stirring with a wooden spoon constantly until nicely combined.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium-high heat until it reaches a boil.  Lower the heat slightly and let boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the popcorn and caramel by pouring the caramel mixture over the popcorn, stirring gently with a wooden spoon until well-coated.  Immediately sprinkle with salt to taste and stir to combine.  Serve!
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  1. I was craving some caramel popcorn the other day! I can’t wait to try this 🙂

  2. Made this tonight and it was a huge hit!

  3. CC_Patty says:

    This looks delicious! Is it sticky or does it get crispy? I want to make this for a snack to take on a road trip but not if it is sticky. Thank you.

  4. I have tried this MULTIPLE times and it NEVER works! Ive wasted so much of my grassfed butter!!! boohoooo!

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