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Healthy Caramel Popcorn

Prepared by: Susan Mills-Gray,
Nutrition Specialist,
University of Missouri Extension
December 14, 2014


Yield: 3 servings



  • 4 tbsp unpopped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup regular brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey or molasses
  • Pinch of salt
  • optional for a richer caramel flavor: 2 tbsp margarine
  • optional: roasted peanuts, dark chocolate chips, etc.



  1. Pop the kernels. Then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the two sweeteners (and the butter spread, if using) and heat on low—stirring occasionally—until the dry sweetener is completely dissolved.
  3. Pour this mixture over the popped corn and stir to coat. Much of the sauce will fall to the bottom of the bowl, so be sure to scoop it up and keep stirring for a full 2 minutes, until sauce has dried.
  4. Sprinkle on the salt. Stir again.
  5. If desired add dark mini chocolate chips, or nuts, or dried fruit.



Nutrition information per serving 

Calories: 121

Total Fat: .5g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 194mg

Total Carbohydrate: 30g

Protein: 2g


Source: Chocolate-Covered Katie: The Healthy Dessert Blog



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