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Honey & Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn

A caramel popcorn recipe made with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and pecans. No corn syrup. Simple, delicious and perfect for parties!
Course Dessert, Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 cup popcorn unpopped
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup liquid honey
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda

Instructions

  1. Prepare popcorn in an extra-large bowl (*metal if possible). Add pecans.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  3. Combine butter, honey, brown sugar and salt in a heavy saucepan. Heat and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Turn down heat to low and boil without stirring for 3 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat and stir in cinnamon and nutmeg. Add vanilla.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda (mixture will expand). Pour over popcorn and toss together until popcorn and pecans are evenly coated.
  6. Spread on 2 large ungreased pans and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes and rotating pans. *As an option, prepare popcorn mixture in an extra-large metal bowl and there's no need to transfer to pans before baking.
  7. Remove popcorn from oven, stir and cool for 5 minutes. Break apart (if necessary) and allow to fully cool. Transfer to an air-tight container (if there's any left).

Recipe Notes

Use the best quality ingredients possible. I recommend using a hot air popper (no pre-packaged microwave popcorn). Try different varieties of honey, such as wildflower or clover, to change up the flavor. Choose organic and non-GMO (if that's what you believe in).