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Sea Salted Caramel Corn (…and a humble request)

Sea Salted Caramel Corn

Are you all as big of fans of sweet and salty as I am?  I don’t have the biggest sweet tooth…but something about combining flavors that have just a little touch of sweet, spicy and salty that I just can’t resist.  It’s all about balance right?

Sea Salted Caramel Corn

My kiddies had their school Fall Festival last week and I was panicking at 7am that morning when I realized I didn’t make any treats for the party like I had planned.  I’ll admit, I’ve been in this situation many times before…so the panic didn’t phase me all that much.  I had to figure something out quick…or I would be stopping at the grocery store to pick up some cookies on the way to the festival.  Thank goodness for my overflowing overstocked pantry…I was able to pull this together.

SamGina Halloween 2009

Last year, after reading this post, I was convinced I had to buy a hot air popcorn maker.  I am so glad I did.  You have no idea how many afternoons that popper has made an appearance on my kitchen counter…my kids love watching the popcorn pop and of course eating big bowls of it while watching afternoon cartoons.  You can say it’s almost becoming a tradition.  🙂

In addition to providing an afternoon snack  (as well as entertainment) for my kids…hot air popcorn is basically like a blank palate.  You can turn it into so many sweet or savory creations…depending on  your mood.  In this case, it turned itself into a last minute party snack.

Check out these other popcorn ideas found around the web:

White Chocolate Popcorn

Cinnamon Sugar Caramel Popcorn

Marshmallow Popcorn Cake

Popcorn with Parmesan and Pecorino

Popcorn with Rosemary Infused Oil

Sea Salted Caramel Corn

Print Recipe

Sea Salted Caramel Corn


  • 4-5 quarts popped popcorn, unsalted, unbuttered
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 TB maple syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1-2 cups salted peanuts
  • a few good pinches of sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Place popcorn in large cookie sheet (or sheets), set aside.
  2. Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, maple syrup and salt in a thick-bottomed, 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full boil. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until candy thermometer reaches 250°F (I used my regular digital cooking thermometer) or small amount of mixture dropped in ice water forms a hard ball (about 12 to 14 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. The caramel will foam up a little and turn a lighter color when you add the baking soda
  3. Carefully pour caramel mixture over popcorn. Top with cinnamon, butterscotch chips and peanuts and carefully stir with wooden spoon until all popcorn is evenly coated. Sprinkle sea salt generously over popcorn. Place in oven for about 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and gently stir, place back in oven for another 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately spread on wax paper. Let cool completely. Break into bite sized pieces. Store in air tight container.

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes

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24 comments on “Sea Salted Caramel Corn (…and a humble request)”

  1. I love my air popper, so many fun popcorn treats you can make. I will have to try this one. Thanks for the link love. Good luck with your awards! Love your blog:)

  2. Voted.

    And your kiddos looked ADORABLE on Halloween. 🙂

  3. awwwwwwwwww the kids look so cute! And this popcorn? Looks MUCH more delicious than even popcorn factory!!! So jealous of all of those who got to enjoy this treat. You know I vote for you daily 😉

  4. such yummy treats, and what cute kids!! good luck with the awards!

  5. Wow, Aggie, GREAT post! Love all the ideas!

  6. Congratulations for being in the running Aggie. Way to go!!! Also this popcorn is to die for and so up my alley!!!!!!!

  7. I really should look into an air popper. The kids LOVE popcorn and it can get pricey buying the microwave stuff. Not to mention all of the extra stuff they are eating when we have it. This looks incredible! Good luck!

  8. Aggie,
    I love caramel popcorn. Just made a batch last week from a different recipe. It is so addicting. I love the photos. The kids look soooooo cute by the way.

    Good luck with your Orbbies award. I’ve been voting for you : )

  9. i love caramel popcorn! this looks really good, your kids are so adorable 🙂

    Good luck with the awards

  10. Yes air popped corn is rather bland, but wow, do you have many solultions for that.
    I am going to vote right now……

  11. Hey Aggie – thanks for your comment over on Herbivoracious. Your popcorn looks delicious!

  12. Perfectly salty and sweet. I just love that combo and caramel corn is so very addictive in my house!

  13. I’m going to have to pull out my hot air popper and getting cooking! This looks fabulous! I’ll head over and vote!

  14. I love home made popcorn and you recipe looks wonderful. Congrats on your nomination, too!

    PS those are some adorable kids!

  15. That looks so good! And your kids are so cute in their costumes! I could only get one of mine to cooperate with the costume. I guess there’s always next year!

  16. I love your kids costumes- so cute! I am sorry I haven’t commented in awhile, its wierd because I used to get updates about when you were posting on blogger and now I don’t.
    This looks great! I really want to make caramel corn and this looks like the perfect recipe!

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  19. I just made this recipe and it turned out DELICIOUS! I made a few changes, due to dietary needs in our family. I substituted the butter for vegan non-dairy butter and I substituted brown rice syrup for the corn syrup. It is wonderful, thank you for sharing!

    -Ali from California

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  21. Adorable kids, even lovely! That sea salted caramel corn rocks specially when watching movie. I wish I have a air popper…
    Thank you very much for posting many flavors for a popcorn.
    I hope to read more simple but awesome recipes from you!
    Regards to the kids!

  22. Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post 🙂

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