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An easy and delicious recipe for vegan and nut free caramel corn.

Vegan and Nut Free Caramel Corn.

Sweet, salty, tasty, addictive vegan caramel corn. Dairy free, nut free, and gluten free.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, Nut free, vegan.
Keyword dairy free caramel corn, vegan caramel corn
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 246 kcal
Author Kelly Roenicke


  • 1 1/4 cups vegan buttery spread I used Earth Balance Soy Free Sticks
  • 1 1/2 cup popcorn kernels I used Tiny but Mighty Heirloom corn. If you use normal popcorn, you may be able to use less
  • 5 Tablespoons organic canola oil
  • 2 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 5/8 cups light corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 7/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5/8 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of a large roasting pan. (Depending on the size, you may need two pans).
  2. Pop the popcorn in two batches: Heat 2 1/2 Tablespoons of canola oil and four corn kernels in a large kettle with a lid over medium high heat. Once the test kernels pop, remove the pan from the heat, and add 3/4 cup corn kernels. Put the lid on, and keep the pan off the heat for 30 seconds. Then place back on the heat. Once the kernels really start popping, shake the pan intermittently.
  3. When there are 2-3 seconds between pops, remove the pan from heat and pour the contents into the roaster. Repeat to pop the other half of the corn.
  4. Make the caramel: In a heavy bottomed saucepan with a candy thermometer clipped to the side, heat the buttery spread, brown sugar, and corn syrup over medium heat. Stir constantly, until the candy thermometer reads 255 degrees F.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine.
  6. Quickly pour the caramel over the popcorn, and stir to coat. Be careful! The caramel is super hot.
  7. Place the caramel corn in the oven, and bake for about one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  8. Let caramel corn cool completely - it will crisp up as it cools off.
  9. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Store popcorn in an airtight container. It should stay fresh for 5-6 days.


Nutrition Facts
Vegan and Nut Free Caramel Corn.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 202mg9%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.