Easy Vegan Caramel Corn

 
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This Easy Vegan Caramel Corn is crunchy, sweet and slightly salty. It’s easy and requires just 5 plant based ingredients. The perfect healthier movie snack!

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My trip to Tokyo Disneyland reminded me of how much I used to love popcorn. They had tons of popcorn carts with 5 different flavours: soy butter, curry, BBQ, chocolate, and caramel corn. I was so excited when I found out that the BBQ, curry & caramel corn was vegan! Since then, I’ve been on a huge popcorn kick. I’ve been using my old popcorn maker and eating it as a snack every night putting on different spices and flavours. It’s super easy to just sprinkle on some seasonings, but I’ve been craving caramel corn for the longest time so I became super keen on making it on my own.

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A lot of caramel corn recipes and ones sold in packages contain milk, butter and/or corn syrup. To make this healthier, vegan and corn syrup free, I decided to stick to my all time favourite caramel recipe of just mixing maple syrup, coconut butter, sea salt and vanilla together.

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Why Baking Soda in Caramel Corn?

In my first attempt (no baking soda) the caramel corn came out a bit more candy like, very crunchy and not as spread out. Adding in the baking soda changed the texture of the finished product, ever so slightly but I highly recommend adding it in- it makes the caramel corn more flakey, light & melt in your mouth texture vs. super hard caramel candy.

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Incase I haven’t yet convinced you to try this Easy Vegan Caramel Corn recipe, heres why I love them and think you will too! It’s:

  • crunchy

  • sweet & salty

  • way healthier than store bought caramel corn

  • corn syrup-free

  • gluten free

  • oil free

  • dairy free

  • but still so damn tasty & addicting!

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Tips and Tricks to making Easy Vegan Caramel Corn

  • It’s important to work quickly when making your caramel corn and watch the caramel as you’re making it on the stove. It can easily burn or bubble over so keep a close eye on it!

  • I highly recommend adding in the baking soda and not skipping out on this as it yields a much flakier, light, crispier & melt-in-your-mouth texture.

  • This corn syrup free caramel corn is best eaten right out of the oven but if you do have left overs, store in an air tight container.

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If you recreate this Easy Vegan Caramel Corn please share it and let me know what you think by tagging me on Instagram @lisakitahara, I love seeing all of your tasty recreations!

Easy Vegan Caramel Corn

This Easy Vegan Caramel Corn is crunchy, sweet and slightly salty. It’s easy and requires just 5 plant based ingredients. The perfect healthier movie snack!

Makes: 6 Cups

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Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped // 10 cups popped popcorn (105g)
  • 3 tbsp coconut butter (45g)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (78g)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 150 °C. Line two baking trays with silicon baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a small saucepan, add in the coconut butter, maple syrup, coconut sugar and water over medium high heat. Stir frequently and allow bubbles to form. Once at a boil, add in the vanilla and salt and stir for 1 minute. Add in the baking soda and stir vigorously just until the colour starts to change.
  3. Remove from the heat and quickly pour the caramel over the popped popcorn in a large bowl. Toss using a large spatula until popcorn is evenly coated with the caramel. Spread over the baking tray, making sure the popcorn pieces do not over lap and bake in the oven for 5-8 minutes. Allow the popcorn to cool for at least 5 minutes out of the oven.

NOTES:

  • I have not tested this recipe with other substitutions, so I can not guarantee outcomes. Please use your best judgment when making substitutions & let me know how they go!

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