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

Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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. Umm Khalil says:

    Hi Tiffany

    thanks for this recipe – my kids love it! so do we ))

  2. Definitely tastes better cool. I tried it sprinkled with cocoa, which probably isn’t clean, but was yummy. then I tried it with mesquite powder, which was phenomenal. thanks for sharing. I might have to start eating clean if it always tastes this good.

  3. What do you think about putting it in the oven, like most caramel corn recipes? Do you think it would get crispier? I might have to try tomorrow. It is good and sweet, though.

  4. Ok…so to get rid of the stickiness, I did put it in the oven. Not only did it get rid of how sticky it was, but It crisps up the popcorn. Spread onto parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in 250 degree oven for 45-55 minutes! Works great!

  5. I popped 14/4 cup of non GMO popcorn and I only used 1/4 cup honey and 2 Tabs nut butter and some salt when the honey was heating.

    Thanks again for the recipe..

  6. I think it is better baked for only 40 minutes!

  7. Amazing… I just heated the peanet butter and honey in the microwave.. Poured it over half let it sit then added extra… Also added 1 cup if fruit n nut mix for different textures

  8. Oh my !!! This is perfection! So so good. Thank you for sharing!!

  9. Sue Bonucchi says:

    Tiffany, I have movie night at church and need to bring a dessert. I was determined to find something that would help me stay on track and that others would enjoy. Just made Caramel Popcorn with almond butter. Yum! Can’t wait to see the feedback I get at movie night!
    P. S. I’ve been following you since I found your Sugar Free Challenge about a year ago. Thanks a million for all you do!

    1. Sue – Fantastic! I’m so happy you found something you could use! Let me know how everyone likes it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I’m new to this clean eating. Is peanut butter clean? And if so are there certain brands that I should look for? I live in a small town and we don’t have a whole foods or anything like that around.

  11. Crazy Question: This would be a great snack for a beach trip! Any idea on on long you could store this popcorn in tupperware or freezer bags maybe?

    1. Kirbi – You want to eat this as fresh as possible. But if you have to make it ahead of time, I would store it in an air-tight container and keep it in the fridge until you go.

  12. Purplexrocks says:

    Popping the popcorn in a brown lunch bag is a great idea!! I never knew you can do that. I can’t wait to try this.

  13. Do you have to use the nut butter? I’m really not a fan of nuts ๐Ÿ™

    1. Liane – It’s kinda the base of the recipe, so ya. But give my Kettle Corn a try. You might enjoy that more. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Can u make this ahead of time? If so how long will it keep? (Having a birthday party and would like to make it the night before…Tia!)

  15. Thanks for a great recipe and thank Dani for sharing this! My whole family loves it and also my dogs!

  16. I added a sprinkle of cayenne and a pinch of salt to mine while mixing and it was AMAZING! A nice kick with the sweet.

  17. 5 stars
    Looking forward to trying this out! Im going to the drive in tonight and im due to get gastric sleeve in less than three months. I already eat very clean but its the wanting to snack when going out thats more my issue so definitely packing this up with me to go!