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The Best Caramel Chocolate Popcorn Recipe

Caramel popcorn with chocolate, pretzels, and peanuts makes a great snack for movie night.

Or, you can share the popcorn treat during the holiday season, birthdays, or events.

Munch Popcorn – A Sweet And Salty Snack

Caramel popcorn with chocolate in a bowl.

There’s nothing better than a sweet and salty snack with a combination of chocolate, caramel, peanuts, and pretzels.

The delicious fresh snack recipe is made with homemade caramel, and it tastes better than any store-bought popcorn snack you’ll find on the shelves.

The recipe is easy to make, and you can make at least two large Ziplock bags full of caramel popcorn with chocolate.

The great thing about this recipe is that it is versatile. You can add pretzels, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, M&M’s, peppermint candies, Jelly Beans, or just about anything you can think of.

You can even trade out the chocolate for white chocolate or live on the edge and add both to create zebra popcorn!

Caramel popcorn with chocolate and pretzels

What Ingredients Are Needed To Make Caramel Popcorn With Chocolate?

  • Vegetable oil
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Brown sugar
  • Light corn syrup
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark, or white chocolate chips
  • Pretzels
  • Nuts
  • Optional: pecans, walnuts, candy, candy canes, M&M’s, or anything you’d like to add.

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Watch The Video To See How It’s Made

How Do I Make The Caramel Popcorn?

  1. Pop the popcorn kernels according to the directions and set them aside. Be sure to add it to a large bowl with extra room, or split it into two bowls, to make mixing the caramel easier.
  2. Add the butter to a saucepan.
  3. Next, add the brown sugar and light Karo syrup and bring it to a boil.
  4. Pour in the vanilla extract and mix.
  5. Once the mixture starts boiling, boil it for five minutes.
  6. When you reach the five minutes, remove the pan from the burner and add the salt and baking soda, and mix well.
  7. Carefully pour the caramel over the popcorn and toss the popcorn until it is coated.
  8. Spread the caramel popcorn out on two greased cookie sheets.
  9. Sprinkle the pretzels and peanuts over the popcorn.
  10. Next, add some chocolate chips to a bowl and a small amount of vegetable oil, and microwave for about one minute to melt the chips.
  11. Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn, nuts, and pretzels.
  12. Refrigerate to harden the chocolate and caramel.
  13. Break up the popcorn and add it to bags or cups.
Caramel popcorn munch on a cookie sheet.

Step-By-Step Instructions On How To Make The Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Before you start on the homemade caramel, pop the popcorn kernels according to the directions and set them aside.

For this recipe, you can use microwave popcorn or pop popcorn on the stovetop.

TIP: I always add the popped popcorn to a super big bowl, or put it in two large mixing bowls, because you’re going to be mixing in the caramel, and you need room to be able to stir the popcorn to coat it.

Butter melting in a saucepan.

For the homemade caramel sauce, add the butter to a medium saucepan on medium-high heat and start the melting process.

Butter and brown sugar melting in a saucepan.

Next, combine brown sugar with butter.

Pouring Karo syrup into the saucepan with butter and brown sugar.

Pour the Karo syrup into the saucepan and mix everything together.

Pouring vanilla extract into the boiling brown sugar.

Bring the brown sugar to a boil, add the vanilla extract, and mix.

The brown sugar mixture needs to boil for five minutes, occasionally stirring with a wooden spoon.

You are timing the brown sugar mixture, so you won’t need a candy thermometer for this recipe.

When you reach the five minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the salt and baking soda, and mix well.

Pouring homemade caramel over popcorn.

Pour caramel mixture over the popcorn and stir until most of the popcorn is coated.

If this is your first time making the recipe, be careful while stirring. I have burned myself a couple of times while accidentally flipping the popcorn out of the bowl and trying to pick it back up while hot.

Caramel popcorn on a cookie sheet.

Spread the popcorn out on two greased baking sheets.

Sprinkle the pretzels, nuts, sea salt, or whatever added treat you’d like right on top of the homemade caramel corn.

On a side note, if you just want caramel corn and not the other added treats, you can allow this to cool, and you’re done. But keep reading if you’d like to continue the recipe with more goodies.

Melting The Chocolate

Melted milk chocolate in a bowl with vegetable oil.

Add the chocolate chips to a bowl. Pour one teaspoon of vegetable oil into the chocolate chips.

Melt the chips in the microwave for about one minute. Stir until all of the chips are melted.

TIP: If the chips are not fully melted, add them back to the microwave in increments of 15 seconds, stirring each time.

Once melted, drizzle the melted chocolate over popcorn mixture.

You don’t have to add vegetable oil, but it will help make the drizzling a lot easier.

Place the two cookie sheets in the refrigerator until the chocolate and caramel harden, which should take about an hour.

Once they harden, break up the popcorn and add it to cups or bags.

Munch popcorn with caramel and chocolate.

Optional Chocolate Choices:

How To Store The Chocolate And Caramel Popcorn

Store the popcorn in an airtight container and keep it in a cool location, so the chocolate does not melt.

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Caramel and chocolate popcorn in a bowl with pretzels and nuts.

Can The Recipe Be Made Into Popcorn Balls?

Yes, you can make the recipe into popcorn balls. Spread the caramel-covered popcorn out onto the cookie sheet and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

Sprinkle the extra candies and pretzels that you’d like to have on it.

Once it cools down a little, spray your hands with non-stick spray and gather up some popcorn in your hands and form it into a ball. Allow it to cool, and add your chocolate drizzle over the top.

Can You Make Caramel In A Nonstick Pan?

Nonstick pans work great for making homemade caramel. It doesn’t stick as much and pours out easily.

How Do You Prevent Caramel From Sticking To The Pan?

Caramel is super sticky stuff. You are going to have some stick to the pan, but you’re better off making caramel in a nonstick pan. It will slide off easier and you won’t have as big of a sticky mess.

Be sure to soak your pan in hot water after you’ve poured all of the caramel out. Soaking the pan will help break down the caramel and clean up will be much easier.

This is a great recipe and you will love how easy it is to make it. The recipe is great for sharing, snacking at home, or bringing to a party.

Be sure to get the recipe below.

Chocolate Caramel Corn

Caramel popcorn with chocolate and pretzels

Caramel Popcorn With Chocolate

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Caramel popcorn with chocolate, pretzels, and peanuts makes a great snack. You can share your chocolate caramel popcorn on game night, give it away in gift bags, and snack on it at home.

Ingredients

Popcorn

  • 5 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup popcorn kernels

Caramel

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light Karo syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Chocolate

  • 12 ounces semi-sweet, white, or milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Toppings

  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 1/2 cup peanuts

Instructions

Popcorn

  1. Pop the popcorn according to the package directions and add to large mixing bowls.

Caramel

  1. Add the butter to a saucepan on medium-high heat.
  2. Next, add the brown sugar and Karo syrup. Mix well and bring to a boil.
  3. Pour in the vanilla extract and mix.
  4. Boil for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove the pan from the burner, and stir in the salt and baking soda.
  6. Pour over the popcorn and carefully mix until most of the popcorn is covered.
  7. Spread the popcorn out on two greased cookie sheets.
  8. Sprinkle the peanuts and pretzels over the top of the popcorn.

Chocolate

  1. Add the chocolate chips and vegetable oil to a bowl.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for one minute.
  3. Stir the chocolate until melted. Repeat in increments of 15-seconds until melted, stirring each time.
  4. Drizzle chocolate over the top.
  5. Refrigerate for about one hour or until the chocolate and caramel hardens.
  6. Break into pieces and add to a bag or bowl.

Notes

Tips: You can line the cookie sheet with parchment paper for easier clean up.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 821Total Fat: 50gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 731mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 3gSugar: 75gProtein: 6g

Nutrition is approximate.

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