Holiday Honey Caramel Corn

Caramel corn makes the perfect holiday gift. However, almost all caramel corn is made with corn syrup from GMO corn. This holiday honey caramel corn is made with honey — no GMOs!

Holiday Honey Caramel Corn

Why Honey Caramel Corn?

I make honey caramel corn every Christmas as gifts for friends and family. It's the perfect holiday gift for people you don't know very well and don't know what to get them — because everybody loves it!

I love this honey caramel corn recipe because it's so easy to make and it is nutritious. Yes, that's right, nutritious!

First of all, it's made with honey instead of corn syrup. Corn syrup is made with GMO corn which is loaded with pesticides.

This honey caramel corn recipe is also made with coconut oil, rich in healthy lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides. And that's not all — you're also getting lots of grass-fed butter, which contains vitamins A, D & K2 — important for heart health and strong teeth and bones.

Most caramel corn recipes are way too sweet, in my opinion. They have more than double (and sometimes triple) the sugar than the fat. They typically call for brown sugar in addition to corn syrup.

My version of honey caramel corn is not as sweet as most recipes — but I've never had anyone complain. In fact, last year I was talking to my friend's son about a Halloween party coming up. I brought this honey caramel corn to the Halloween party last year. His eyes lit up and he said, “Are you going to bring that caramel corn again?”

This recipe actually has more fat than sugar, which makes it very satisfying and it doesn't taste like a sugar bomb went off in your mouth. If you like it sweeter, you can add more sweetener, but I don't think it is necessary, and we try to go lighter on the sweeteners as much as possible.

The only sweetener is my version is honey, an all-natural, unrefined sweetener, which contains vitamins and minerals. Even though brown sugar looks like an unrefined sweetener, it is refined, just like white table sugar. There are no vitamins and minerals in brown sugar.

Honey Caramel Corn

Honey Caramel Corn: Ingredients

[easyazon_link identifier=”B001O8PSRW” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Popcorn, organic[/easyazon_link] (1 cup unpopped)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B001EO5Q64″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Coconut oil[/easyazon_link] (1/3 cup)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B000Z93FQC” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Honey, raw[/easyazon_link] and local if possible, or you can use [easyazon_link identifier=”B0083QJU72″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]maple syrup[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link identifier=”B0010XRDK6″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]sucanat[/easyazon_link] or [easyazon_link identifier=”B007TGH4CK” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]palm sugar[/easyazon_link] (1/4 – 1/3 cup)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B01AYUZN66″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Butter, unsalted[/easyazon_link], from grass-fed cows (1/4 cup)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B000EITYUU” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Sea salt[/easyazon_link] (A few pinches — to taste)

Honey Caramel Corn: Equipment

Stockpot, [easyazon_link identifier=”B00EZS5PEO” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]stainless steel,[/easyazon_link] [easyazon_link identifier=”B00HYXO3XG” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]enameled cast iron[/easyazon_link] or [easyazon_link identifier=”B000050AVK” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]granite ware[/easyazon_link]

Honey Caramel Corn: Honey Caramel Corn: Directions

1. Put the popcorn and coconut oil in a large stockpot.
2. Turn the heat up to high and put the lid on.
3. After a few minutes, the popcorn will stop popping. Listen closely and when the pops slow down, remove the pot from the heat. Act quickly and pour the popped popcorn into a large bowl (you might need two bowls). If you leave it in the stockpot, the popcorn at the bottom will get burned.
4. Put the stockpot on low heat and add the sea salt, honey and butter. Stir until blended and completely melted.
5. Pour the butter, honey blend on the popped popcorn. Toss in a few pinches of sea salt and mix it all together until everything is well-incorporated. If you have trouble getting it mixed together in the bowls, you can put it back into the stockpot to mix it.
6. Serve in bowls.

Honey Caramel Corn: Recipe Notes

If you don't have honey, you can substitute maple syrup, another excellent choice for an unrefined sweetener. Coconut (palm) sugar or sucanat would also work fine.

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Ann Marie Michaels

I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

17 thoughts on “Holiday Honey Caramel Corn

  1. Oh AnnMarie… this is just what we need right now! I have Dracula and the Wolfman classics taped for Sam’s first viewing. This will be perfect!

  2. Yum! We have movie & popocorn night on Fridays and this would be a very welcome change-up to my standard home-popped-organic-popcorn-and-sea-salt routine. Thanks! By the way, Broccoli Soup was a hit the other day. Everyone loved it, especially the baby.

  3. So excited to have found this recipe! I was looking for a honey caramel corn recipe specifically with no sugar to bring to my Holistic Moms Network potluck tomorrow. Yay!!! Thanks so much!!! Cheeseslave to the rescue!!

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  5. I just made this, for the first time, for my son to take with him to a friend’s house so they can have a snack while watching a football game. It is soooooooooo yummy. I am “glad” the bowl is leaving the house because I would eat it all up if I could πŸ™‚

  6. YUM!!!!! Do you use refined coconut oil for making popcorn (because of the heat factor) or just stick with the cold pressed/virgin? Thanks!

  7. Is popcorn legal on the full GAPS diet? I can’t find an answer to that anywhere, but I’m going to guess that it isn’t just because it seems starchy… do you know??? We LOVE popcorn around here, but just started the GAPS program. It’s Day 5 and I am missing my favorites really badly right about now!

  8. Just made this and I LOVE IT!!! I added 1/2 cup of butter and 1/3 cup of honey instead of what is mentioned and it is delightful. My kids are gonna love it (now if only I can stay away from the bowl all day until they get home from school).

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