Caramel Apple Popcorn

A salty sweet snack that’s perfect for fall!

Caramel popcorn with apple chips mixed right in!

Salty sweet caramel corn mixed with apple chips!

I love fall and all the flavors it brings.  I get excited the first time I see caramel apples at the grocery store.   I skip over to the display and throw a few packs into my cart and think about how excited the kids will be when they see these.  Yes, I could make them at home, but after seeing them in the store, I don’t want to wait, I want them right away!

Popcorn mixed with creamy caramel and apple chips!

The kids are just as thrilled as I am by the caramel treasures I brought home.   We all rip open the packaging and pick out our apples.  All is quiet as everyone works at the caramel and nuts to get to the apple hidden underneath.  However, it doesn’t take long before the kids start abandoning their apples.  Pretty soon my husband and I are the only ones  left eating.  Upon further inspection I see that all three kids have successfully eaten off all the caramel and nuts only to leave the green, sad-looking apple behind.  That’s when I remember they never actually eat the apples!  When will I learn?

Caramel apple popcorn is the perfect snack for fall!

This year, when I saw those tempting caramel apples at the store I just sauntered right passed them.  I wasn’t going to get duped again.  Instead I reached for the apple chips.  I had a new trick up my sleeve.  Since I already knew my kids love flavored popcorn, I decide to make caramel corn and mix the apple chips right in!  I know it’s not the same as eating caramel apples,  it’s better!   We love caramel corn!  It really is the perfect salty/sweet snack isn’t it?   The apple chips were a scrumptious addition.  They were a bit tart to start, but the caramel coating made them perfectly sweet.

Caramel corn with a twist!  Apple chips!  Perfect for fall!

Aside from the taste, the best part about this popcorn is no more wasted apples!


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Caramel Apple Popcorn
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 cups popped, popcorn ( I used to microwave bags)
  • 2 2.5 bags dried apple chips, crushed
  1. Preheat oven to 200.
  2. In a large bowl, combine popped corn and apple chips.
  3. In a saucepan placed over medium heat, melt butter and sugar together, stir in salt and corn syrup. Allow mixture to boil for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Mixture will foam up. Pour over popcorn and apple chips, stirring to coat completely. Place in a roasting pan or large baking sheet and place in oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 mintues.
  4. Spread onto was paper and allow caramel corn to cool. Break apart when ready. Store in an airtight container


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35 Responses

  1. This is pure brilliance Tanya! I love it!!! I’d just eat the caramel off my apple too :)

    • I ate so much of this popcorn! So much better than caramel apples!

  2. I love caramel popcorn! Caramel apples is something I do with the kids every year…they love “decorating” their apples with all sorts of sprinkles, etc. I usually put chocolate all over mine :-) This popcorn sounds awesome!

    • You are a better mom than me! I’m not sure I have the patience for caramel apples! But, I am sure if I did, I’d put chocolate all over mine too!

  3. Love this idea Tanya because my kids never eat the apples as well! Sounds delish!

    • I’m not sure any kid eats the apple! Thanks Liz!

  4. photo’s are nice, and tempting to jump in for a handful……………..Andi

  5. thebetterbaker11

    What an amazing idea! I bet the kids ate the ‘whole thing’ after this huh? Thanks a million for sharing your creativity with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come back soon – and enjoy a wonderful weekend.

  6. I have so many apples this year from my apple tree in the garden I could set up a stall. I’m trying not to waste any and I’ve made so many recipes using salted caramel I just have to make this. Popcorn, caramel, apple pieces. Perfect x

    • Thank you Rochelle! This was a great fall recipe!

  7. Hello, my beautiful salty-sweet downfall! I adore fall flavors too and can eat apple chips by the bucketful. Now that they’ve joined forces with caramel corn, my fall snacking might never be the same!

    • I could probably just dip the apple chips in caramel and be very happy! Thanks Erin!

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    • Thanks Heather. I do love my snacks!

  9. Tanya, you’re one crafty lady!! I’d love this for a fall snack!! YUM

  10. I love this idea! I think it must taste just like the State Fair!

  11. You are a sneaky genius Tanya!! It looks like a delicious snack, that I can’t wait to try! :)

  12. I love this, Tanya! Great idea to add the apple chips!

  13. I always thought the apples were yummy but only with the hard cinnamon candy coating. It took a lot more to find those out and about so I didn’t get that many. But this is a way that I would totally eat the caramel apple!! Add a little yummy taste to the popcorn. It sounds wonderful and the pictures are so great that I want to make it now!

    • I haven’t had the candy coated apples in so long! Thank you so much for stopping by!


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