Easy dairy free caramel corn

Easy dairy free caramel corn

Serves lots!
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Allergy Tree Nuts
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable
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  • 20 cups Freshly popped popcorn (20 cups equals filling the air popper to the line twice. Also, yellow corn kernels work way better than white corn kernels; white kernels shrivel up when you pour the caramel sauce on it. )
  • 1 cup Nucoa, butter or earth's balance
  • 2 cups Brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup karo light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten free vanilla


  • 1 cup nuts ( cashews or peanuts work well)


My mom has made this recipe since my sisters and I were young. Mom was visiting us last summer and she decided to alter the recipe to fit the dietary needs of my son and it turned out great! Thanks, mom!


1. Pop popcorn. Combine popcorn and nuts (if using) in a ligtly greased roasting pan.
2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan; mix in brown sugar & corn syrup. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
4. Remove from heat and mix in baking soda, salt and vanilla.
5. Pour sugar mixture over popcorn and stir until well coated. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and let cool, stirring occasionally (otherwise it'll stick together in clumps). Store in a glass jar or airtight container.