Sea Salt And Caramel Popcorn

August 6, 2011

Test Kitchen-Approved

Food52 Review: Dessert’s On Me’s Sea Salt and Caramel Popcorn recipe is wonderfully indulgent and so easy to put together. You could probably drizzle this quick-caramel sauce on almost anything and it would be yummy, but it really does wonders for popcorn. I would recommend adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of the salt directly to the caramel sauce for even distribution and after the popcorn comes out of the oven, you can season with a little more to taste if desired. In any case, once you try this snack, going to the fair or the movies without it won’t be the same. - Annie "Smalls"Annie "Smalls"

Makes: 12 cups
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min


For the popcorn

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels

For the sea salt and caramel topping

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons sea salt
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 300° F. Spray sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan on stove top, add oil and corn kernels. Turn stove top heat to medium, cover saucepan with a lid left slightly a-jar.
  3. The corn kernels will begin to pop within a couple of minutes. Once the popping slows, almost coming to a stop, remove saucepan from stove top. Transfer popcorn to a serving bowl.
  4. In a saucepan on stove top, add sugar, 2 tablespoons salt, butter and cream. Turn stove top heat to medium, bringing ingredients to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue stirring for 5 minuets. Remove from stove top. Stir in vanilla and allow to cool. Pour over popcorn.
  6. Mix popcorn and caramel together. I found this easiest to do with my hands.
  7. Spread popcorn on sheet pan. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons salt. Bake on middle rack for half an hour, stirring once at 15 minutes.
  8. Cool and break caramel popcorn apart before serving.

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Reviews (5) Questions (0)

5 Reviews

Trena H. December 12, 2016
This is excellent! I used a silpat liner and didn't need to use cooking spray. Perhaps this is unique to my oven, but I found that I needed to stir the popcorn every 7 minutes or so and only cooked it for 45 minutes total. I will make this again. Thank you for sharing!
Stephanie T. October 30, 2013
pretty sure recipe directions are saying tablespoons of salt and really means teaspoons.
R F. May 14, 2012
watch out - there is a typo in this recipe! the description/instructions call for 4 tablespoons of salt (instead of 4teaspoons - which I think would still be a bit much and I love salt). I never added th sprinkling on top, but it's still a bit much. <br />
lapadia August 10, 2011
Yes, love caramel corn and can picture the Ferris wheel too! :)
BlueKaleRoad August 9, 2011
Decadent is right! Yum!