Want to know a way to score huge points with your kids?

Make them caramel corn.

If your kids think regular popcorn is good, then they will think you are a super hero for making them caramel corn.

Well, at least that is what happens at my house.

If you are on a dairy free {and/or gluten free} diet, it can be hard to find caramel corn that meets those dietary restrictions. By making your own caramel corn, you are not only going to impress your kids, but you can be sure that everyone in your household can actually eat it. That is a double win.

Dairy Free Caramel Corn



  • 16 cups plain popped corn
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan “Buttery Spread”
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup {or use brown rice syrup}
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat over to 200°
  2. Place the popcorn in 2 large bowls. {You can try to use one, but I have found it is easier to stir it if its separated into 2 bowls}
  3. In a saucepan, heat the sugar, Earth Balance “buttery spread”, corn syrup {or brown rice syrup} and salt.
  4. Stir occasionally until the mixture is bubbling around the edges.
  5. Once bubbling, cook over medium heat for 5mins WITHOUT stirring. Then, remove from heat.
  6. Stir in baking soda and vanilla, then mix to combine (it will get foamy).
  7. Pour the caramel sauce in even amounts over the popcorn. Mix well to coat all pieces of corn.
  8. Spread the popcorn onto 2 – 9×13 pans.
  9. Bake for 1 hr, stirring every 15mins.
  10. Store in airtight container

NOTE: if you find that after a day your caramel corn is sticky, put it back on a large pan and cook it at 200° for 15mins. This will do the trick!

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