Almond Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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This easy Caramel Popcorn combines freshly microwaved popcorn with homemade caramel and almond slivers.  Perfect for movie night or game night.


  • 2 bags microwave popcorn (bags have approximately 4.5 cups of popped corn each)
  • 1 (2 ounce) bag slivered almonds (approximately 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Pop the popcorn according to the instructions on the bag. Place the popcorn and the almonds in a single layer on two baking sheets covered with aluminum foil and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Place in the oven while you prepare the caramel.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat add the brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, and butter. Bring it to a low boil stirring constantly with a silicon spatula. Continue boiling over low to medium heat for 4 minutes without stirring. Remove from the heat and add the baking soda and the vanilla extract. The mixture will bubble up a lot so be careful.  Drizzle over the popcorn and nuts turning to coat.
  4. Place back in the oven at 250 degrees for one hour. Flip every 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool and separate any pieces that are stuck together.


  • You can use salted or unsalted popcorn for this recipe however I prefer the salty sweet combination so I always use salted.
  • For a change of pace substitute peanuts in place of the almonds.
  • The mixture will bubble a lot when you add the baking soda and vanilla so use a pot that is large enough for some serious bubbling action.
  • To mold into popcorn balls use your buttered hands and mold into balls.  This must be done when the popcorn is still hot and sticky so be careful.  If it cools too much to work with return the popcorn to the oven for about 5 minutes.
  • This is a small batch recipe and is enough for a family of four for movie night snacking.
  • Store in airtight container for up to a week.


Keywords: how to make caramel popcorn, homemade caramel popcorn, easy caramel popcorn

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