Caramel Chocolate Popcorn Recipe

We love to enjoy popcorn as a snack, but this Caramel Chocolate Popcorn takes this ordinary treat to a whole new level. Covered in caramel and warm chocolate, everyone will want some!

We love to enjoy popcorn as a snack, but this Caramel Chocolate Popcorn takes this ordinary treat to a whole new level. Covered in caramel and warm chocolate, everyone will want some! #popcorn #chocolatepopcorn #caramelcorn #chocolatecaramelpopcorn #delicious 

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

Once on a trip through Wisconsin, we stopped at an outlet mall and I went into a Harry and David store. They had bags upon bags of this amazing looking chocolate and caramel popcorn. It looked great but there is no way I was going to pay $7 for a bag of something I could easily make at home.

Once we got home, I set to work on this equally delicious (and much more frugal) version as a treat for my family. It turned out so yummy and looks so pretty that I thought it would make a great gift for a teacher or friend. It would also be a good addition to any birthday or holiday party. Everyone loves it!

Caramel Chocolate Popcorn Recipe

What you need:

  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 c. chocolate chips

How to Make Chocolate Caramel Popcorn:

Caramel Chocolate Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 c. chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Air pop the popcorn in an air popper machine or a microwaveable popcorn bowl like I did. Then put the popped corn in a bowl and throw away any unpopped kernels.
  2. In a saucepan, mix together the butter, sugars, and sweetened condensed milk. Stir consistently so it doesn't burn. When it starts to boil let it boil for one minute.
  3. In the meantime, start melting the chocolate chips.
  4. Coat half the popcorn with the caramel mixture and then coat the other half of the mixture with the melted chocolate. Try and coat the popcorn as evenly as possible. Spread it out on wax paper and let dry.
  5. Once it's dry, you can bag it up and put it in any kind of packaging. Tie a ribbon around it and add a pretty tag to it to deliver to a friend or give as a gift. Or you can skip the bag and eat it straight off the tray. 😉

More Topping Ideas

When it comes to popcorn toppings, the sky is the limit! Try different variations of this recipe for different occasions or to make the perfect combination for your family!

Chocolate – I used half white chocolate and half milk chocolate for my popcorn. You could choose to do either or choose something totally different like delicious dark chocolate. You might even be able to find some colored melting chocolate markdown after the holidays to use if you wanted to do a colored version for a birthday party or baby shower.

Flavors– If you wanted to get creative you could add different flavors to the chocolate. I thought about adding a cappuccino mix or an extract, like vanilla.

–Wouldn’t a Hot Cocoa popcorn taste delicious? Maybe with some Marshmallows added in?

Nuts – If you want a little extra crunch, you can sprinkle some nuts on your tray of chocolate popcorn before bagging it up.

Sprinkles – You can add a little extra pop of color to your popcorn by sprinkling some sprinkles on top of your drying popcorn.

If you like this Chocolate Caramel Popcorn recipe, here are a few more treats to try:

Caramel Popcorn in a Jar

Homemade Recipe for Kettle Corn

Creating Your Own Frugal Snack Mix

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Homemade Oatmeal Cookie Mix Recipe

Easy Homemade Cake Truffles


If you love saving money and making foods at home, you will absolutely love my book, Little House Living: The Make Your Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life. It features 130 recipes just like this one that are perfect for your household!

What do you like to put on your popcorn?

This Caramel Chocolate Popcorn Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in November 2010. It has been updated as of November 2019.

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5 Comments

  1. I love those Harry and David popcorn too so I'll have to try to make this. It looks yummy and a lot cheaper! Thanks for posting! You're a blessing!!!

  2. How long will this stay good for? I’m looking to give it as Christmas gifts, so just wondering how far ahead I can make it.