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Jan 6, 2016

Easy Caramel Popcorn Recipe - No Oven, Cornsyrup Needed

I make popcorn at home very often. i never buy the packaged microwave or pressure cooker kind. I always make them from scratch. And it is so easy to make them from scratch, plus it is more cheaper and a little corn will go a long way, plus you can make it whatever flavour you like..See so many advantages. So go get yourselves a packet..

This is my first and favourite flavours of all the popcorn i have ever made. it is sweet and salty and caramely at the same time. So good to resist..There are many recipes out there which calls for cornsyrup and stuffs like that, many recipes needs oven to make it crispy, but this recipe is very straight forward and it is made with just plain old sugar and butter and turns out so delicious..

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..Plus if you need any specific flavours of popcorn let me know, i will try to share it..

Preparation Time : 5 mins

Cooking Time : 20 to 25 mins
Serves: 6 to 8


Popcorn Kernels - 1/2 cup
Oil - 2 tblspn

For Caramel Sauce:
Sugar - 1 cup
Water - 1/3 cup
Unsalted Butter - 3 tblspn
Salt - 1.5 tsp
Vanilla Essence - 2 tsp
Baking Soda / Cooking Soda - 1 tsp


Start by making popcorn. Take a heavy bottom pan with lid. Heat oil in it, add few kernels in and cover with a lid, heat it and allow the popcorn to pop. Once it pops you know the oil is ready. Now remove the poped corn and add the remaining corn all at once. Immediately close the lid and shake it lightly.

Now let it heat and cook till the corns start popping. Inbetween keep shaking the pan, and gently open the lid a little so the steam can escape and you dont end up with soggy popcorn.

Once the popping subsides you can take it off the heat and set aside to cool.

Now make the caramel sauce. Heat sugar, water, butter in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Boil it for 6 to 10 min on medium high heat till the sugar syrup turns dark and golden.

Now take it off the heat and add in salt, vanilla and baking soda. Mix well, it will get foamy.

Now pour this caramel over the popcorn and stir gently to coat all the popcorn.

Now spoon this in a parchment lined baking sheet and set aside to cool.

Now you can break them and separate them.

Enjoy or store it in a air tight container for upto a week.

You need some popping corn kernels

measure 1/2 cup

Heat couple tblspn of oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan

add few corn kernels in

cover with a lid and let it heat till the corns are popped

now it is popped, now you know that the oil is hot

remove the corn

immediately add the corn kernels

add it all at once

mix lightly

cover with the lid and heat it

it will start popping

now you can see it has come almost to the top

you can open the lid lightly and allow the steam to escape so you dont end up with soggy popcorn

now the corn has stopped popping

which says it is done

now lets make the caramel sauce for the popcorn

first line a sheet or plate with parchment paper, you can grease it lightly with oil
take sugar in a heavy bottom sauce pan

add in water

add in butter

put it on heat and cook

the mix will come to a boil

dont stir the pan, you can swirl it lightly

first it will look white and frothy

slowly as you heat it will darken

look how dark it has got

now it is done..dont let it burn

add in vanilla

add in salt

add in baking soda

and immediately mix

the caramel will get frothy

you can see how frothy it is getting

immediately pour that over the corn


mix gently

now the caramel is well coated

spoon this over the parchment sheet

spread it and let it cool down



  1. Hi,
    Just wanted to know if popcorn is a good snack for 1 year old. Btw your recipes are very good and your patience and consistency is well appreciated. Keep up the great work.

  2. Thank you Aarthi, I was searching this recipe from long back over the internet. It is famous snack in the malls and many shops at here in Dubai. My husband and kids likes alot. Thanks for this recipe. I will try this soon. Wishing you all the success. When I enter your blog, I used to get a positive energy from you, you are an amazing women who were chasing your on passion. God bless you.

  3. Hi aarthi.. Your recipes and your explanations with stepwise pics are amazing and easy to understand. This popcorn recipe superb... Keep going with ur good work..

  4. @Yeleena Thomas

    popcorn if not chewed well before swollowing can choke up throat for toddlers

  5. whether u r using dried corns or fresh ones??

  6. @Anonymousit is dried popping corns, corns which are used for popcorn

  7. My popcorn turned sticky hard dambar like :(. The caramel after cooling got all joint with entire popcorn and got hard.. Wat went wrong

  8. I think u have over cooked the caramel.

  9. Just made it and it turned out great. Please share more flavors of popcorn.


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