Vegan Caramel Popcorn

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Vegan Caramel Popcorn is made with 7 ingredients in just 25 minutes. It’s SO addictive, really easy to make and perfect for parties or gifts!

A heaping bowl of vegan caramel popcorn.

Guess what? It’s only two weeks until Halloween, which means only two weeks until the first excuse of the year to eat as much candy as your heart desires (moderation, of course!).

Guess what should be on your list of snacks as you stay at home and watch terrifying Halloween movies (WHY was Don’t Look Under The Bed a kid’s movie?!)? This Vegan Caramel Popcorn. You get all the candy-sweet satisfaction that you want, with a whole lot less guilt and calories. Also, in just 25 minutes.

A close up of vegan caramel popcorn in a white bowl.

We’ve been making this vegan caramel popcorn (do you say popcorn or vegan caramel corn? ) for the last two years, albeit a much harder version. Fast forward to years, this version tastes even better, is done in just 25 minutes from start to finish, and is a lot healthier.

The vegan caramel sauce for this caramel popcorn is made with salt, vegan butter, almond milk, maple syrup, cane sugar and vanilla. This caramel is so addictive that I knew I had to do a separate post on a vegan caramel sauce (yes yes yes!). The key ingredient to turning this delicious caramel sauce into salted caramel popcorn is, *drumroll* baking soda. Baking soda completely changes the texture of the caramel as it’s bubbling and makes it much lighter, and much easier to coat the popcorn with. This was the missing ingredient from our first vegan caramel popcorn and let me tell you, the difference is phenomenal. All you have to do next is coat the popcorn, then bake. Done, and done.

Don’t forget to share! Seriously, this vegan caramel popcorn makes an amazing gift (HINT to any of my friends). It’s very easy to care for, easy to make, and a pretty cheap but thoughtful gift. Of course; you should make your own batch, and a batch for your friends.

Top down shot of vegan caramel popcorn in a white bowl.

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This Vegan Caramel Popcorn is healthy & made with 7 ingredients in just 25 minutes. It's SO addictive, really easy to make and perfect for parties or gifts! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

A bowl full of vegan salted caramel popcorn.

Vegan Caramel Popcorn

This Vegan Caramel Popcorn is healthier & made with 7 ingredients in just 25 minutes. It’s SO addictive, really easy to make and perfect for parties or gifts!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Course Desserts, Snacks
Cuisine American
Ingredients

Vegan Caramel Popcorn (Healthy)

  • 10 cups plain unsalted, organic freshly popped popcorn
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or raw cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Instructions

Instructions

Vegan Caramel Popcorn (Healthy)

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet or two with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Place popcorn into a large metal bowl. Set aside.
  • In a pot over medium high heat, add the vegan butter, half the salt, the almond milk, maple syrup, coconut sugar and vanilla and stir to combine.
  • Allow to come to a boil and then add in the rest of the salt. Add the baking soda and watch closely. The mixture will change colour and is more susceptible to burning now, so reduce heat and stir frequently for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and pour over popcorn. Working quickly, toss with a spatula to evenly distribute over all the popcorn.
  • Spread popcorn onto the baking sheets until evenly distributed.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow the popcorn to cool on a fresh sheet on parchment paper. They popcorn will crisp up.
  • Eat immediately, or place in an airtight tupperware container to keep crispy. Enjoy!
NOTES
 
This popcorn is vegan and gluten free. You can store this in an airtight tupperware container in the fridge, but it tastes best and crunchy fresh!
I once used cane sugar but now use coconut sugar! Feel free to sub for this too, it won’t be as sweet but just as delicious!
 

Nutrition

Calories: 635kcal | Carbohydrates: 130g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 7mg
by Jessica

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24 comments

  1. Hocus Pocus was always my favorite Halloween movie growing up!! And probably still now… lol This popcorn looks like the perfect snack for watching it!

  2. This is going to become my new favorite snack! Yum!

  3. That sounds so good.

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Jessica,
    This is a great recipe. It looks very sweet. I will try it soon.
    Thank so much!

  5. Jean M says:

    You made me laugh with your observation about Don’t Look Under the Bed! So true.

  6. pinch me I’m dreaming…. I LOVE caramel corn! There is this place by my beach house that makes it and sells it in huge buckets and I literally can eat all of it by myself with no problem! However, its full of butta and sugar and all the bad things. Love that this one is guilt-free and I can make it in a jif!

  7. I’ve only made caramel popcorn once. I’m considering making a Halloween inspired batch this weekend 🙂 Hopefully, I can control myself and not eat the entire batch 😉

  8. Andrea Broom says:

    LOVE popcorn and even more caramel… HEALHY! Yayyy!

  9. Justine says:

    This was amazing!!!! Thank you SO much!

    • Jessica says:

      Aww I’m so happy to hear that Justine!! You’re so welcome and thanks for your feedback!!

  10. Kimberly says:

    Do you have a recommendation of another ingredient I can use in place of the butter for a lower fat version? Really don’t want to use oil either. Looks so good!!

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