Sticky Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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This healthy caramel popcorn recipe was a gift from heaven….or rather, from Australia. (One and the same???)

One of my Facebook fans, Dani, bless her heart, was kind enough to share this with me, and all of you!!

Clean Eating Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Everyone needs to thank this woman because this is some seriously good popcorn!!

Though I must admit that after testing this recipe (a few times…. ehem!), I think I need to do another No-Sugar challenge. But first, I gotta finish this bowl of popcorn…

Join me? I promise, it’s a worthwhile splurge. Perfect for a movie night with the family!

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Clean Eating Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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Movie night just got a little sweeter! This caramel popcorn is perfect for snuggling in and watching a movie!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 132kcal


  • ¼ cup almond butter (or peanut butter if you prefer that flavor)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 10 cups air-popped popcorn


  • Read through the steps first. You’ll need to work quickly.
  • In a small pot, warm the honey on high heat. Bring it to a boil.
  • Let it boil up in the pot about 1 inch and then quickly remove from heat.
  • Stir in nut butter with a whisk and whisk until smooth. Should be “pourable”.
  • Pour over the popcorn and mix with a spoon. The mixture is hot, so don’t be tempted to mix with your hands. I learned that the hard way (Duh!!).
  • Let it all sit and cool. To me, it tastes better cold. But that could just be me.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.6mg

This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 6/18/11.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Audra – Definitely! This recipe can be adjusted pretty easily. Glad you liked it!

  2. graciouspantry says:

    Sully – Haha!! Glad you like it!

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  4. OMG! This was very quick & easy to make and oh…so…tasty!!! Thank you Tiffany for sharing your recipes with us!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      KB – My pleasure!

  5. Trude wofford says:

    making this for movie night!

  6. delicious! Thank you!

  7. graciouspantry says:

    Hope you enjoy it!

    1. Malerie F. says:

      It’s so delicious!

      1. graciouspantry says:

        Awesome!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Emily Teuscher says:

    Stumbled upon your blog looking for a dairy free popcorn treat. Added cinnamon and we loved it! Next time I will try crunchy popcorn with maybe some chocolate drizzled over the top.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it!

  9. graciouspantry says:

    Haha!! Thanks! Glad you like it!

  10. graciouspantry says:

    My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it!

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Haha! Glad you’re enjoying it!

  12. graciouspantry says:

    Awww, thanks! Glad you enjoyed it so much!

  13. graciouspantry says:

    They would, but it would be sticky!

  14. Danni Black says:

    I came across this recipe trying to find an alternative for hard caramel. I was wondering if this mixture would set hard in the fridge?

  15. Catherine says:

    Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!! This is so good! I was thinking of adding peanuts to it , like Cracker Jax!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Oh ya! That would be good!

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  17. Heather Coffman says:

    I’m so thankful I remembered this recipe when I had a craving for something sweet this week! It took no time to put together, and it was very good! It wasn’t exactly the taste I expected, but I did enjoy it very much, and I’m sure I’ll make it again!

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  19. I had no idea u could pop corn in the microwave w.just a paper lunch bag! Where does one find unprocessed corn, everything i read says corn is the most processed food we eat. Id love 2 try this recipe!

  20. This was absolutely delicious!

    The most important step is to remove the un-popped kernels (I learned the hard way)!

  21. Patricia Genton says:

    Hello, I am looking forward to making this to take camping with me but I wanted to give you a heads up that I ve seen a couple of your pictures on pinterest representing spam/malware. I clicked on one today that almost took me to a malicious sight.

  22. This is a great idea! I’m going to make some right now, right after before hitting the movie theatre. However, I’ve heard that it is not recommended to boil the honey, as it loses its nutritional value. So, I’ll try just to heat it up a little. Also I think adding chia/flax seeds to it is not a bad idea. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. My updates: It was literally THE BEST popcorn I have ever tried! and knowing that is it healthy made it even better:-)
    Few things: For some reason popcorn got wet and sticky, so sticky that you can probably through it to the ceiling and it will stick to it. But it was a bummer that it turned out wet..any ideas why?
    I heat the honey with chia seeds and pour it all over the already popped (but still warm) popcorn. Mixed it all together. Where was the mistake?

    1. Natasha – This is a sticky recipe. The honey makes it wet as does the melted peanut butter. You can mix in more popcorn to help with that. Not sure if the chia seeds had any effect or not. Glad you enjoyed it though!

  24. Liz Martin says:

    It is SO good! My 11yo and I made it for the rest of the kids, but they’ll be lucky if there is any left when they get home. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the quick, yummy treat!!

  25. Joanne Patoine says:

    Great recipe! Thank you so much. My only questions are: is it supposed to be so sticky? Does it ever firm up? Did I not boil the honey right?

    1. Joanne – It is sticky. There’s just no way around that I’m afraid. But glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜€