Homemade Healthy Caramel Popcorn Recipe (With Honey)

This healthy caramel popcorn recipe doesn’t use corn syrup but still tastes amazing! Instead of the usual corn syrup or brown sugar, this healthy caramel popcorn gets its sweetness from honey.

The sweet taste of honey mixed with the richness of butter creates a homemade caramel sauce that’s simple and yet so good.

This deliciously sweet popcorn is a great choice for special occasions, family movie nights, or just a healthy treat.

And it uses just three ingredients!

healthy caramel popcorn recipe

Homemade Healthy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Although our family tries to limit sugar consumption to a reasonable amount, sometimes we just crave a special treat.

I’ve spent years making substitutions to some of our family favorite recipes and coming up with healthier alternatives.

Some of our favorite healthy treats are these chocolate no-bake cookies with honey, this healthy banana bread sweetened with honey, and these healthy gingerbread cookies with honey.

This healthy caramel popcorn recipe is another one of our favorite healthy snack recipes.

healthy caramel popcorn recipe with honey

I’ve been making this recipe for my family for over 20 years! I started making it when my kids were all young, and it’s still a favorite fun treat to make.

Although it doesn’t taste exactly like traditional caramel corn, we still find it addictive!

For a similar popcorn sweet fall treat, try these homemade honey popcorn balls.

stoneware bowl of caramel popcorn

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

One of my family’s favorite snacks is caramel popcorn, especially during the fall holiday season.

My husband has fond memories from childhood of enjoying a box of Cracker Jacks, and every time fall rolls around, I think about popcorn balls.

But so many recipes use corn syrup as the sweetener (an ingredient I try to avoid whenever possible).

Because of this, I had to come up with my own healthy caramel corn recipe.

This great recipe uses honey instead of corn syrup or brown sugar. I always try to use all-natural sweeteners like raw honey whenever possible.

Although natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup aren’t low carb and still contain natural sugar, they have different types of sugars than those found in regular refined sugar.

They also have some nutrients such as minerals and enzymes that are missing from refined sugars.

oven baked healthy honey caramel corn recipe

You could also use all-organic ingredients if you really want to make this recipe as healthy as possible.

The delicious caramel-like flavor combines so well to make a wonderfully crunchy snack.

If you’re a fan of caramel corn, I hope you love this healthier version. Maybe it will even become one of your favorite healthy fall recipes.

It’s the perfect treat for this time of year!

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Healthy Caramel Popcorn Recipe Supplies

healthy caramel popcorn

In order to make this recipe, some basic kitchen supplies are needed. This is what I use when making this easy homemade caramel popcorn.

How to Make This Healthy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

(Full printable recipe instructions are found down below.)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish (you could also use a cookie sheet) with butter or coconut oil.

3. Pop the popcorn using an air popper into a large mixing bowl, or use a stovetop popcorn popper.

4. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and the honey over low to medium heat.

honey caramel corn recipe

5. Drizzle the honey-butter caramel mixture over the popped corn in the mixing bowl, and stir until the popped corn is thoroughly coated.

making honey butter caramel corn

6. Spread the caramel-coated popcorn in the prepared 9 x 13 pan.

7. Bake in the 350-degree oven and stir frequently until lightly browned and crispy. You want it to be brown and somewhat crispy, but not burned.

honey caramel corn

8. When the popcorn is light brown and crispy, remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

9. Store the finished caramel popcorn in an airtight container.

healthy caramel popcorn recipe

I hope you enjoy making this easy caramel popcorn recipe!

healthy honey butter caramel popcorn

More Honey-Sweetened Recipes:

Healthy Caramel Popcorn Recipe


Healthy Caramel Corn

Easy homemade caramel corn made with a honey butter caramel sauce.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel corn, caramel popcorn
Servings: 6
Author: Joy Kincaid


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup honey


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9" x 13" baking dish.
  • Pop the popcorn kernels using an air popper or stovetop method.
  • Put the popped corn into a large mixing bowl (mine is 8 quart size).
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter and the honey on low to medium heat.
  • Drizzle the hot honey-butter mixture over the popped corn, and stir until the popcorn is coated.
  • Spread the caramel-coated popcorn in the prepared 9 x 13 dish.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until lightly brown and crispy (but not burned), stirring frequently during the cooking time.
  • When the caramel corn is brown and crispy, remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Store in an airtight container.

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