Sticky Caramel Popcorn


Ok, so here is the most rich, delicious, sticky caramel popcorn you will ever have in your life. It is derived from a very basic, run of the mill recipe (which is still ridiculously delicious, don’t get me wrong) that I found online. How my version came along was, of course, because I was out of brown sugar and had to improvise!!! I swear, some of my greatest achievements in the kitchen come from my improvisations, though some of my worst have come from them too. This one, however, was definitely on the winning side!

I LOVE popcorn, and any variation of it. I don’t know why, but I have always had just enjoyed it so much. It’s one of those things that no matter how full I am I always have room for popcorn. My kids seem to be following suit so I feel proud of that.

I was really wanting some delicious caramel popcorn on Sunday night but of course I was out of brown sugar. I wasn’t going to go out to the store so I thought I’d make some brown sugar. I have never made it but I knew that brown sugar is simply white sugar and molasses mixed together. I had both of those ingredients on hand so I was good to go. Instead of mixing the sugar up separate from the already melting butter on my stove top I just put in the sugar and molasses right in to melt and boil together with the butter.

OH MAN!!!! It turned out amazing! I’ve made this recipe a million times with regular brown sugar from the bag, but using the molasses in the mix gave it a richness that I couldn’t get enough of. It was simply divine. Of course, if you need to use brown sugar because you don’t have any molasses on hand, go for it. You will still get a sticky caramel corn in which every kernel is worth eating.

Sticky Caramel Popcorn

by: Becca F. Fillmore,

1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels

1/2 cup butter

1 cup white sugar*

2 tablespoons molasses*

1/2 cup corn syrup

Pop the unpopped popcorn kernels in an air popper (this makes about 10-12 cups of popped popcorn). Remove all of the unpopped or partially popped kernels. In a small saucepan on medium high heat melt butter. Add sugar, molasses, and corn syrup when butter in almost all melted. Stir almost constantly until boiling. Remove from heat and let cool for about 30 seconds up to a minute. Pour over popped popcorn and stir until all of it is evenly coated.

*If you don’t have molasses replace the one cup of sugar and molasses with one cup of brown sugar