Easy Toffee Caramel Popcorn Recipe (with Chocolate Drizzle)

You must make this DELICIOUS, sweet confection. This caramel popcorn with white and milk chocolate is incredible & makes the perfect gift!

Yummy Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle on a marble slab.

Happy Holidays! Today, I am sharing my favorite confection recipe: Suzi’s Easy Toffee Popcorn Recipe with Chocolate Drizzle.

Stick around because you are going to love it! Maybe too much. 😂

A bag of Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle on a marble slab.

Suzi was my next-door neighbor for 15 years. They were the cherished years as our children were growing up.❤️ We saw a lot of life together.

She is an amazing cook and could run circles around me in any kitchen.

I learned so much from her about the finer points of running a household and feeding a family.

Homemade Gifts

Toffee Popcorn is just one of Suzi’s holiday specialties.

It’s popcorn coated with caramel and drizzled with white and semi-sweet chocolate. It is sweet, chewy, and incredibly delicious. It also makes a lovely gift.

Make a big batch, divide it up, then wrap each in pretty packaging to give to friends, neighbors, teachers, or a health care worker in your life.

Toffee Popcorn, Caramel corn, Carmel Popcorn, or Cracker Jack

Whatever you call it, it’s delicious!

Toffee Popcorn, Caramel Corn, Caramel Popcorn, or Cracker Jack; sometimes, these names are used interchangeably.

What’s the difference between toffee and caramel?

Toffee and caramel are both created by slowly and carefully heating sugar, usually with butter.

Caramel is softer because it traditionally includes cream, milk, or condensed milk.

Toffee is primarily just sugar and butter. Both are a light golden color and are used in various desserts.

The main difference is that toffee tends to be hard and crunchy, while the caramel is soft and chewy.

Caramel is typically made into candies and sauces, while toffee is used in bars and brittles.

Chocolate drizzled on Suzi’s Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Recipe

Tips and Troubleshooting

If you are thinking, “I can’t make candy!” Please do not be intimidated! You can totally do this!

This recipe doesn’t even require a candy thermometer. (Which is just one of the reasons I LOVE it so much!)

Here are some pointers to get it right the first time.

Don’t forget the Baking Soda

Numero uno. Baking soda might seem like a weird ingredient to use, but it is crucial to toffee popcorn and caramel corn.

So don’t forget to add the baking soda! Been there, done that MANY times!

Baking soda will make the sugar molecules break up, which will help prevent them from crystallizing.

The baking soda gives the caramel a soft, smooth texture that sticks to the popcorn and keeps it from getting tough.

I usually pre-measure the baking soda and have the teaspoon sitting right next to the saucepan (along with the vanilla), so I don’t forget. 😂

Remove the Popcorn Kernels

Don’t forget to remove the unpopped kernels, especially if you give the popcorn as a gift!

After you have popped all of the corn, shake up the bowl, and they will all fall to the bottom. Scoop up the good stuff with a large spoon or clean hands.

You can also lay the popcorn on a cooling rack and use it as a sifter. The popcorn kernels will drop through, and your popcorn will stay on the rack.

Keep Toffee Popcorn Fresh

Store your popcorn in an airtight container or ziplock bag to keep it fresh. Press out as much air as you can. The better the seal, the longer it will stay fresh.

You should be able to store it at room temperature for up to 2-3 weeks.

Why is my Caramel Popcorn Grainy?

Grainy caramel or crystalized caramel is the sandy, grainy appearance that happens when the sugar crystals in the caramel stick together.

This can happen when the melted sugar splatters up on the cool sides of the pan. The sugar compound loses its moisture and returns to sugar crystals.

To prevent this from happening, gently fold the mixture and avoid splashing the caramel to help the sugar melt uniformly. If sugars splash up on the pan, add more water to the mixture.

Heat it again; the water will help the sugar crystals dissolve again.

Don’t forget to use baking soda also. It will help by breaking up the sugar molecules.


Toffee Popcorn Ingredients

Popcorn
Brown Sugar
Corn Syrup
Butter
Baking Soda not pictured
Vanilla Extract
Semi-sweet 
Chocolate Chips
White Chocolate Chips

1. Put popcorn in a roaster or on a rimmed sheet pan

What kind of Popcorn should I use?

The choice of popcorn is totally up to you.

Cook popcorn using your preferred method, whether it be stovetop or microwave popcorn. You cannot make a bad choice here, IMO.

I chose a super-pure formula, white with no butter. It’s one healthier choice I can make amidst all of the sugar. 😂

Some people swear by full-on butter and salted theater popcorn, elevating the caramel-ly butter effect.

Caramel ingredients in a sauce pan for Suzi’s Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Recipe
2. Place the first four ingredients in a saucepan

Recipe Variations

There are many opinions on the best way to make these delectable treats. Here are various options to try after you have mastered this recipe.

Experiment with the Amount of Corn Syrup

Changing the amount of corn syrup or popcorn will give you different results.

This recipe makes a thinner “sauce” with greater popcorn coverage because it uses more corn syrup.

It will also give you a lighter-colored end product than most true caramel corn.

To achieve a darker and thicker sauce consistency, just use less corn syrup (1/2-3/4 cups) for darker-colored caramel corn.

Caramel in a sauce pan for Suzi’s Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Recipe
3. Boil for 5 minutes

Modify the Popcorn to Sauce Ratio

If you like complete and thorough toffee coverage, use less popcorn, but if you prefer more popcorn peeking out, use more popcorn. Easy-peasy!

You can easily adjust the amount of popcorn to achieve your desired outcome.

4. Pour the toffee mixture over the popcorn

Vary the Bake Time

Choose your preferred baking times depending on your personal preference. If you like your Toffee Popcorn crispier, cook it longer, but if you prefer it chewier, cook it for less time.

Adjust the Boiling Time

If you boil the caramel for a shorter period (say 2 minutes), your popcorn will be chewier. But if you boil it longer (for 5 minutes), it will be crisper.

5. Drizzle with semi-sweet & white chocolate

Add-Ins

Another delicious way to customize toffee popcorn is to add in more indulgent goodies.

Here are some salty-sweet ideas to get you started! Experiment to see which you like best.

Honey roasted peanuts
Almonds
Cashews
Potato chips or
Chocolate-covered potato chips
Pretzels
Sea salt

Or try this simple sweet and salty popcorn recipe.

Gift bag with Suzi’s Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Recipe

And without further ado, below is the recipe!

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Suzi’s Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Recipe in a red holiday gift box

Suzi’s Easy Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle Recipe


  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cups 1x

Description

Suzi’s Easy Toffee Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle is sweet, chewy, and incredibly delicious. It also makes a lovely gift! ❤️


Ingredients

Scale

1 cup butter

1 cup of corn syrup

2 cups brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons vanilla

popcorn, about 8-14 cups

1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 bag white chocolate chips


Instructions

  1. Pop your popcorn. Remove the unpopped kernels.
  2. Melt butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt over medium heat. Boil for five minutes. Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Pour over popcorn and gently stir to coat. Put in 200° degree oven for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread onto parchment paper. Cool.
  4. Melt half of a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and drizzle over popcorn with a spatula or fork. Repeat with white chocolate chips. Let dry for a couple of hours. Flip over and repeat with the remaining chocolate. Enjoy!

Notes

Remove the popcorn kernels. Removing the unpopped kernels’s a good idea, especially if you give the popcorn as a gift!

Remember the baking soda. Don’t forget to add the baking soda. It is easy to miss this step. Baking soda will help by breaking up the sugar molecules.

Amounts. Change the corn syrup or popcorn amount to achieve your preferred caramel-to-popcorn ratio. This recipe makes a thinner “sauce” with greater popcorn coverage because it uses more corn syrup. Use less corn syrup (1/2-3/4 cups) and/or cook longer to achieve a darker and thicker sauce consistency. If you are making this for the first time, start with 8 cups of popcorn and add more to get the caramel coverage you like best. Sometimes, I use 14 cups of popcorn if I am making it for a crowd or for gifts.

Keep the toffee popcorn fresh. Store your popcorn in an airtight container or ziplock bag to keep it fresh. Press out as much air as you can. The better the seal, the longer it will stay fresh. You should be able to store it at room temperature for up to 2-3 weeks.

Is your caramel popcorn grainy? Grainy or crystalized caramel is the sandy appearance that happens when the sugar crystals in the caramel stick together. This can occur when the melted sugar splatters up on the colder sides of the pan. To prevent this, gently fold the mixture and avoid splashing the caramel to help the sugar melt uniformly. Add more water to the mix if sugars splash up on the pan. Heat it again; the water will help the sugar crystals dissolve again.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: toffee popcorn, caramel popcorn, carmel popcorn, recipe, Christmas gift ideas, snack, confection, White chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate

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Nutrition Label. The nutritional values listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card. Actual amounts may vary.

Equipment and Tools

These are just a few of the kitchen items I use for caramel popcorn. Affiliate links are included.

Aluminum Baker’s Half Sheet Pans
Roasting Pan
Cooling Rack
Parchment Paper

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I’m sure you will love this recipe as much as we do. Thanks, Suzi, for sharing the love! ❤️

xo,
Cindy

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