Vegan Salted Caramel Almond Popcorn

I almost never watch movies, especially at theatres where I can’t even bring my laptop.  I’m from the second screen generation, which means I physically cannot watch something longer than 5 minutes unless I’m simultaneously pinning or stalking people I kind of know on Instagram. 

But I did see Her, just so I could say I saw at least one Oscar-nominated film. It’s about a man who falls in love with his operating system, which I think is probably about 5 years away from happening in real life. I get uncomfortable when someone casually borrows my laptop to check their email, let alone having a a human-like computer observing my online activity.
It’s not that I’m hiding something. It’s that I’m hiding everything. My Google search history knows every weird/bad/sad thing about me.
Despite the amount of popcorn I consume on a regular basis, I don’t watch too many movies, even when I’m at home.  I’m constantly missing film references and glazing over parts of conversations where someone quotes movie lines I don’t recognize. I’m just not that into them, but I am into popcorn. I usually eat it plain or with fresh lemon and ground pepper, but this salted caramel almond popcorn is on another level.
Vegan Salted Caramel Almond Popcorn
This recipe turns popcorn into a dessert, a super sweet one that’s filled with almonds and lightly baked for extra crunchiness.  I meant to use vanilla the first time I made this and accidentally used almond extract instead. It tasted more unique than the caramel popcorn I meant to make, and it’s been salted caramel-almond popcorn ever since.
This recipe is quick and easy, and there’s still time to make it before the Oscars tonight. Enjoy!
Vegan Salted Caramel Almond Popcorn
Vegan Salted Almond Caramel Popcorn
Yields 12
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Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 12 cups popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup kernels)
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  4. 1/3 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance is a good one!)
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  7. 1 tsp almond extract
  8. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and lightly oil or line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Pop 12 cups of popcorn - either on stovetop or using microwave bags.
  3. Remove all kernels that didn't pop. You'll ruin it if you forget this step!
  4. Combine brown sugar, maple syrup and vegan butter over medium heat and boil for 5 minutes. Stir only once.
  5. Remove from heat, and add baking soda, salt, and almond extract.
  6. Immediately pour over popcorn and mix until popcorn is evenly coated.
  7. Spread popcorn on a flat layer on baking sheets and sprinkle with sea salt.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes and let cool.
Adapted from The Sweet Life
Adapted from The Sweet Life
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 Vegan Salted Caramel Almond Popcorn


  1. Kelly says

    We love popcorn! I like movies, but only watch when I’m at home. I still fear being caught from being forced to smuggle in popcorn when we were kids! Looking forward to trying this!

    • kori says

      I was actually eating smuggled pistachios when I went to see HER and was worried the entire time that someone was going to come and ask me to leave. We are Scott Crosson.

  2. says

    i’m a big movie watcher, but i haven’t seen her yet. did you like it? i know what you mean about the second screen, though, whenever i’m in the movie theater it is so hard for me to not look at my phone. and, i mean, what could be so important?… an instagram notification? speaking of which, i definitely do way too much stalking on there. i kind of scare myself.

    this popcorn looks super delicious and reminds me of one of my favorite treats as a child. i wouldn’t trust myself with this, i’d probably eat ALL OF IT.

    • kori says

      I did like it – but I think I enjoyed thinking about the movie after more than I did while I was watching it. If that makes sense. I had popcorn as part of my dinner last night and then popcorn for dessert, so I feel ya!

  3. says

    Haha, Google knows everything!! I don’t got the theaters very often either, but Todd loves to go to the movies. I’d rather watch them at home. He looooves popcorn though, I’ll have to make this for him! :)

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