Vegan Caramel Popcorn

2.9 (36 reviews)

Vegan Caramel Popcorn



  • 1/4 cup refined coconut oil or other high-heat oil
  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp.  baking soda
  • 1 tsp.  vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 250ºF, using convection mode if you have it.
  • Pour the coconut oil in a large pot, add one popcorn kernel, and cover. Once the kernel pops, immediately add the rest of the kernels. Keep heating until there is 2 seconds between pops. Transfer to a 9-inch-by-13-inch or larger cake pan or glass casserole dish.
  • In a small pan, melt the vegan butter and add the brown sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture bubbles and rises a little bit, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the baking soda, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir to incorporate, then pour over the popcorn. Stir to coat. Bake for 1 hour, stirring once halfway through.

Makes about 8 cups

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Rated 2.9/5 based on 36 reviews

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