Vegan Caramel Popcorn

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This particular caramel corn recipe is reminiscent of fairgrounds and greasy carnival food. Delightfully crunchy, sweet, and just a tad salty, this popcorn is deceptively simple to make and is sure to be a real crowd pleaser.

You Will Need:

  • 5 quarts popped popcorn- or 3 standard size bags of popcorn 
  • 1 cup vegan margarine
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  1. Place popped popcorn in a very large bowl. Use two bowls if necessary, leaving room to stir the popcorn around later. 
  2. In a medium nonstick pot, melt butter.
  3. When butter is completely melted, add brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Stir constantly until boiling, then boil without stirring for 4 minutes– set a timer to avoid overcooking.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 250 degrees and grease two cookie sheets.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  6. Stir in baking soda. The caramel will quickly change color and turn thick, so don’t be too surprised! This really caught me off guard!
  7. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.
  8. Divide popcorn between the two cookie sheets and place in the oven. Bake for one hour, stirring every fifteen minutes. Halfway through, switch around the pans so each get a chance to be on top.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before breaking into pieces. Store in an airtight container and try not to eat it all at once!

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