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Caramel Apple Popcorn

I’m not even sure I can call this a recipe…

… but it’s just too delicious not to share with you!

Popcorn hasn’t been one of my go-to snacks since I was a teenager – when I would toss plain popcorn with melted butter – but recently it’s been calling my name.

Popcorn in and of itself is actually a light & healthy snack, but so often it’s loaded with salt, fake butter flavor, and/or tons of sugar. In other words, definitely not something you want to eat often.

That being said, popcorn is pretty boring if eaten plain, so I’ve added a few seasonal ingredients to pump up the flavor and fun factor.

Chewy dried apples, crunchy pecans, and a drizzle of decadent caramel sauce turn regular ol’ popcorn into an addictive – and only slightly indulgent – autumnal treat.

Now, this snack is rather messy what with the caramel sauce, so if you’d prefer to avoid sticky fingers you could probably chill the mixture in the fridge until the caramel hardens a bit. I can’t say whether this will work perfectly as I dug into this bowl right after finishing taking photos ;). Nothing a few finger licks can’t take care of!

 

Caramel Apple Popcorn

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: snack vegetarian apples pecans Halloween Thanksgiving fall

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 2 heaping cups freshly popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsweetened dried apple rings
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted nuts of choice (I used pecans)
  • 2 Tbsp warmed caramel sauce

Instructions

Toss popcorn with chopped dried apples and pecans.

Drizzle with warmed caramel sauce.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (without caramel sauce, the nutritional stats for which vary by brand):

186.5 calories, 10.1 grams fat, 4.8 grams fiber, 10.5 grams sugars, 2.4 grams protein

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9 thoughts on “Caramel Apple Popcorn

  1. So popcorn is just like coffee! Good for the body when taken plain, but when added with various additives to add to the taste, makes for an unhealthy food choice.

    Coffee also is in the same instance, when added with too much sugar and creamer, makes for an exciting hot or cold drink but not necessarily healthy!

  2. What an awesome idea! I love trying out foods which are usually unhealthy, but with a little recipe change, the same tastes of the food can be maintained, but just without all the unhealthy features. I question whether adding caramel potentially ruined the fact that you’re trying to have less sugar in the popcorn.

    I also found some tea, which is said to have a lot of nutritional value, and clean out your internal system. If interested feel free to take a look at their site.

  3. You are the second person I have seen make something like this but I LOVE that you used dried apples instead of apple chips, which the other recipe I saw had.

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