Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

by Jennifer on June 12, 2012

in Awesome Treats, Book Themed Desserts, Candy

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn…magical!

“After the circus departed, he wrote down every detail he could remember about it so it would not fade in his memory. The chocolate-covered popcorn. The tent full of people on circular raised platforms, performing tricks with bright white fire. The magical, transforming clock that sat across from the ticket booth, doing so much more than simply telling the time.”

There is something truly special about homemade caramel popcorn. Buttery and sweet, with an irresistible crunch and drizzled with milk and white chocolate. The best part? It’s easy. No, I swear. No candy thermometer needed! I think Widget and Poppet would have fought over this one…and then Celia would have given them both their own bag of this scrumptious treat. 

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

Adapted from

Serves 1 (ok, not really - approximately 10-14 servings)


  • About 14 cups of plain popped popcorn. If you can’t find plain popcorn, lightly buttered popcorn has worked fine for me.
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (if using salted butter, omit the salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • White chocolate, melted
  • Milk chocolate, melted

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

2. Line pan(s) with parchment paper. You can use regular baking pans, jelly roll pans, or even one big roasting pan. Don’t overfill your pans – you need to be able to stir the popcorn while baking. Sprinkle on the peanuts.

3. Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in a small pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until dissolved.  Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

4. Remove from heat, and stir in the baking soda and vanilla. Quickly pour the caramel evenly over the popcorn. No worries if you’re not able to cover every piece – that is what the baking process is for!

5. Bake popcorn for one hour, stirring thoroughly every 15 minutes. If you have them, use tongs! You can really grab the popcorn and stir it around much easier with tongs than with a spoon.

6. Take the popcorn out of the oven, and once slightly cool, break it up into smaller chunks. Let cool completely, then drizzle with melted chocolate.



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1 susie June 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

Yum! We are popcorn snobs around here. I order ridiculous amounts of specialty kernals and pop gallons of it for friends and sporting events. I tried Popcorn Indianas chocolate drizled corn and it was great, must make my own!


2 Jennifer June 12, 2012 at 8:05 am

Wow – that is some serious popcorn! I’m not sure if this popcorn is gourmet, but it is so easy and addictive! It seems like I was always wandering into the kitchen to grab just one more handful :)


3 Yesenia Gilfranco June 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

I’m in love already. I think I’m going to have to re-read the book so I can dive back into all the magic! =)



4 Jennifer June 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

Thank you, Yesenia! It was so fun to come up with the treats this week – and it gave me an excuse to re-read parts of the book :)


5 Yesenia Gilfranco June 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

No problem! You are doing a great job of recreating this theme into yummy treats! I’m going to make sure I have a bowl of this popcorn sitting next to me the next time I sit down to read it again! lol


6 Sara June 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

oh YUM!


7 Jennifer June 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Super yum, Sara! :)


8 denise:) June 13, 2012 at 11:56 am



9 Jennifer June 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

Thanks, Denise! It is so yummy. I’ll be making some for friends this weekend – so excited!


10 Lizy B June 14, 2012 at 12:41 am



11 Jennifer June 14, 2012 at 8:06 am

It is soooo good! I’m making some more tonight for a movie marathon with friends Friday night :)


12 IFeelCook June 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm



13 Jennifer June 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Thank you!


14 goldie houston November 23, 2012 at 11:25 pm

I made your chocolate caramel popcorn for Thanksgiving treats. It was delicious, beautiful and fun to make!!!…many friends asked for the recipe!…I’m making it again for a holiday party. I’m planning on serving it in waffle cones…Thank you!


15 Jennifer November 24, 2012 at 7:03 am

I’m so thrilled that you liked the popcorn, Goldie! :)


16 Ann December 16, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Hi:) i’m really interested in trying this recipe but was wondering whether I can replace the light corn syrup with honey. Would really appreciate a reply, thanks!


17 Jennifer December 17, 2013 at 5:30 am

Hi Ann! While they have a similar consistency, I don’t believe that honey could be substituted for corn syrup in this recipe. Sorry!


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