I don’t need to tell you that I love sweets. I even love my popcorn to be sweet – hello caramel popcorn!
I always had a great love for popcorn since I was a younger. Growing up, my brother and I begged for caramel popcorn from the popcorn shop when we went to the mall.. Amidst the myriad of flavours from nacho, to white cheddar and to rainbow (I always found that one to be weird lol), we always picked the caramel one! They even had two types of caramel popcorn: caramel and double caramel. As you might assume, the latter was my absolute favorite. However, my mom let us buy it occasionally due to all the artificial sugars.
Fast forward years later, one of my best friends and I (HEY KARINA) were talking about caramel popcorn and boom this “healthified” version was born. I couldn’t find the original recipe we came up with together but I played around in the kitchen and was able to get the most caramel-y flavour.
Of course, this vegan caramel popcorn is still loaded with sugar. I mean, it wouldn’t be caramel popcorn if it didn’t have sugar. The point here is that this is refined sugar-free and chemical-free. No corn syrups, artificial flavours, dyes or any ingredient your grandmother can’t pronounce. So despite this being a “healthified” version, I’m not sitting down and eating this entire batch throughout an episode of The Bachelor. At the end of the day, sugar is sugar, so everything in moderation peeps!
This recipe is so easy to make that you can easily whip it up in 5 minutes. Whether you’re craving a sweet treat or want to gift some to a friend, this is a decadent caramel popcorn. Plus, you only need 3 ingredients for this vegan caramel:
Vegan Caramel Popcorn (makes 10 cups)
- 1/4 cup organic popcorn kernels
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- Pop the popcorn kernels: Pop popcorn in an air-popper. 1/4 cup of kernels yielded 10 cups of popcorn. You can also pop the popcorn in a pot with 2 tbsp avocado oil and the lid on.
- Make caramel: In a pot over medium heat, combine coconut oil, maple syrup and coconut sugar. Whisk as all ingredients combine together. Bring to a boil and cook for 3-4 minutes, whisking constantly.
- Place a large sheet of parchment paper on a countertop or baking sheet (this will make it easier to coat popcorn). Pour caramel sauce over the popcorn and let cool complete (Be careful, hot caramel can burn). Enjoy!