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Homemade Honey Sweetened Caramel Corn

October 24, 2015

All the sweet and salty taste you love about caramel corn using real ingredients and zero refined sugar!

Homemade Honey Sweetened Caramel CornIt’s about that time of year again isn’t it?!

We get through those first couple of months of school and then bam!

Everything from halloween or harvest parties, to Thanksgiving and holiday parties have our kids in a frenzy of festivities…and all the sugar to go along with it.

Unfortunately this is also about the time of year we get less fresh air and less circulating of fresh air indoors, and that coupled with more sugar in our bodies can make for weakened immune systems. I love to celebrate all of the fun fall and winter holidays that come with the end of a calendar year, but I also understand that even with a pretty clean diet and great supplements, even the healthiest kid can become run down when cold bugs have sugar to feast on more frequently.

I don’t, however, want to take the fun out of every holiday!

Homemade Honey Sweetened Caramel CornFood was most definitely made to be enjoyed – and I absolutely believe that. While I still have very little ones at home, I feel pretty responsible for what goes into their bodies at this crucial growing age, so when the holidays come around, we do the fun food in a real food way. This halloween we decided on caramel corn for our special treat! We played around with the ingredients this weekend, and boy was it delicious!

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5 from 3 votes

Homemade Honey Sweetened Caramel Corn

All the sweet and salty taste you love about caramel corn using real ingredients and zero refined sugar!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel corn recipe, homemade caramel corn
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee -


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup non-GMO popping corn Our local grocer sells non-GMO popping corn which is where I got ours
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt to your taste


  • Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, turn off the heat, and then add the raw honey to melt in. Set aside while you make the popcorn.
  • Pop your popcorn in a simple air popper or stovetop, and put into a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour half the melted butter and honey into the popped popcorn, toss to coat, and then pour the last half of the butter/honey mixture to toss and coat.
  • Sea salt your caramel corn to your taste and toss to coat. You can serve this warm right away, or you can put the caramel corn in the fridge or freezer to harden up a little to feel like the crispier candy shell that caramel corn usually has!

For more real food treat ideas you can follow my Treat Ideas board on Pintrest!

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  • Reply Jessica October 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

    What a perfect treat! Yum!

  • Reply Megan Stevens October 25, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Love the photos. How much fun!!!

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish October 26, 2015 at 11:41 am

    This is such a fun recipe! My family would love this! Pinned and sharing.

  • Reply linda spiker October 27, 2015 at 10:44 am

    5 stars
    Beautiful! As always. Pinned.

  • Reply The Food Hunter October 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I’m going to make this!

  • Reply Krystal October 27, 2015 at 11:05 am

    5 stars
    I have to agree with you Renee Halloween can be a bit of a nightmare for those on a real food diet. This honey sweetened caramel corn looks like the perfect balance between fun and healthy! I’m sure my daughter will love it!

  • Reply Susan@learningandyearning October 27, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Your balanced attitude is fantastic! Food is made to be enjoyed, and that can be done in a way that nourishes our little ones. The recipe is so simple, and sounds so delicious!

  • Reply Elaina Newton October 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Oh my gosh, this sounds amazing! I love kettle corn AND caramel corn, but the latter usually ends up upsetting my stomach cause it’s way too sweet & has gross ingredients. Your recipe looks like such a great alternative. I will definitely have to try this the next time I have a sweet tooth.

  • Reply Kylie October 29, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds wonderful! My dad grows popcorn so we eat it a lot.

  • Reply Katie Mae @ Nourishing Simplicity October 30, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    That looks and sounds amazing!! Yum!

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