Stovetop Old-Fashioned Caramel Popcorn

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recipe by Sophie H.

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Classic old-fashioned caramel popcorn. The key to making perfect stovetop popcorn is coconut oil. Because it has a high smoke point, your popcorn is less likely to burn. Be sure to keep shaking the pot of kernels when cooking and watch as the kernels magically begin to pop! The simple caramel sauce makes for a deliciously comforting and sweet snack.

recipe updated Jun 7, 2019


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    Coconut oil
  • Popcorn kernels icon
    Popcorn kernels
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    Salted butter
  • Light brown sugar icon
    Light brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract icon
    Vanilla extract
  • Baking soda icon
    Baking soda


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
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  • kCook icon Dutch oven
  • kCook icon Baking sheet - 18 x 13"
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Step preview

  1. Get a clean Dutch oven
  2. Add coconut oil
  3. Cover
  4. Heat - medium-high heat
  5. Add popcorn kernels
  6. Set aside and cover
  7. Wait - 30 sec
  8. Return
  9. Cook - approx 2 min
  10. Shake continuously
  11. Remove lid
  12. Remove
  13. Season with salt
  14. Get a clean saucepan
  15. Add salted butter
  16. Melt - medium heat
  17. Add light brown sugar
  18. Stir until completely mixed
  19. Stir continuously until boiling
  20. Cook without stirring - 4 min, medium heat
  21. Add vanilla extract
  22. Stir
  23. Cook - 1 min
  24. Add baking soda
  25. Stir
  26. Pour caramel into popcorn
  27. Fold gently until covered
  28. Line a clean baking sheet with foil
  29. Transfer popcorn to baking sheet
  30. Let cool
  31. Serve
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