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Butter Toffee Popcorn is a family snack favorite and a personal love of mine. You can use microwavable buttery popcorn for that extra buttery flavor and coat in a simple toffee caramel sauce to give the popcorn that sweet and salty flavor combination.

Hey Sugar Babies! I love this Butter Toffee Popcorn recipe! I hope you got everything you wanted for Christmas this year. Lord knows I did. The two biggest things I wanted were a camcorder and an Amazon Kindle Fire. I got them both. YAY ME!

I was going to post one last recipe for you before Christmas if you wanted to make something to share with your friends and family, but I got the stomach flu. I had it for two days. That thing is not fun to have, ya know? Now I am back and feeling better and ready to get back into sharing some awesome recipes and pictures of how my Christmas went. What did I do? My fiancée just lounged around, watched basketball, and cooked dinner. Yea, we stayed in our PJs all day. It was pretty darn awesome.

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How I made this Butter Toffee Popcorn

Now, about this popcorn recipe. It is pretty easy to make! I will say that I made this version of the caramel popcorn recipe twice and tried two different ways to make the popcorn. The first way I made the popcorn was the stovetop way. This wasn’t too bad, but I burnt some of the popcorn, so that didn’t work out. Also, there were too many hard kernels in the mix, and it became a serious pain. So, I decided to use a bag of plain microwavable popcorn, and it was much easier to discard the kernels that way. Not only that, it didn’t take that long either. I recommend that method if you’re uncertain. Of course, there is the toffee sauce part, which is just amazing! I will say to be careful and line your baking tray with wax or parchment paper.

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This Butter Toffee Popcorn has a special place in my heart. It does. It is the perfect partner for a couch potato like myself sometimes. Not only that, it is an awesome gift idea to give to people for the holidays. Yea, I know I’m kind of late with the gift ideas, but we have Valentine’s Day coming up, and this will serve just as good as a V-Day gift as a Christmas Day gift.

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Speaking of Valentine’s Day, you know I went to the grocery store the day after Christmas, and they were already putting up stuff for V-Day?! How absurd! I mean, the Thanksgiving turkey gets no love at all, and there is all this hype about Christmas from September to December, and as soon as it is over, they dump it like a bad habit. I’m sorry. I’m always a little sad when Christmas is over. Not as sad as I was when eating this popcorn was over. So…enjoy!

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Recipe partially adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I add additional toppings to this toffee popcorn recipe?

Yes! I have added a few times toffee bits, a little drizzle of chocolate by melting some semi-sweet chocolate chips, and/or a sprinkle of sea salt for a sweet and salty combination.

Do I need a candy thermometer for this recipe?

I’m sure a candy thermometer wouldn’t hurt to make this recipe, but I have been fine without using one.

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If you like recipes like this toffee popcorn recipe, you will like some of the other snack recipes below:

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  • Salted Dark Chocolate Clusters
  • Brownie Crisps


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Butter Toffee Popcorn

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  • Author: Cupcake from Brown Sugar
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 mins
  • Yield: 18 cups 1x
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Try Butter Toffee Popcorn as an awesome snack and to give away for gifts. This is the perfect sweet and salty combination for popcorn. Try this Butter Toffee Popcorn today!

  • 43 oz. bags microwave popcorn (lightly salted)
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 23 cups roasted, salted peanuts


  1. Preheat oven to 250 Degrees and butter a large rimmed baking sheet and set aside. Pop the popcorn in the microwave.
  2. Sift the bag of popcorn and remove as many unpopped kernels as possible and place the popped popcorn in a large bowl along with the peanuts. Set the popcorn and peanuts to the side to the side.
  3. Melt the 2 sticks of butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat, add the brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt and constantly stir as it begins to slightly boil. Allow boiling while constantly stirring for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract and baking soda. The baking soda will cause the caramel mixture to bubble up a little bit but keep stirring until it completely dissolves. Pour the toffee mixture over the popcorn and the peanuts using a rubber spatula, toss carefully until the popcorn mixture is covered.
  5. Place popcorn onto the prepared baking sheet or silpat silicon sheet and spread out evenly and bake for 1 hour.
  6. Once finished baking, allow to cool for 25 minutes, break apart, and store in an airtight container or serve!


If you have a hot popcorn popper, you can pop 3/4 c. uncooked popcorn kernels instead of the original recipe. I just thought this may be a little easier.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 75 mins
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (8)Amanda says

    Oh, wow! Have to try this!


    • Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (9)Nicole Nared-Washington says

      Let me know when you do!


  2. Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (10)Yuliya says

    Hi, Nicole. Love this recipe and made it a few times already but it’s been ages. Now I’m a bit puzzled. The temp in the oven is 250 degrees Fahrenheit right? Not Celsius. Thanks


    • Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (11)Nicole Nared-Washington says



    • Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (13)Nicole Nared-Washington says



  3. Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (14)ChristopherD says

    Ingredients and proportions make delicious popcorn. I like to add a tablespoon of local honey, or orange blossom honey at the end, right before adding the vanilla and baking soda. Also, once mixture begins to boil, I stop stirring. I’ve found that constantly stirring causes crystallization, producing a grainy coating in the end…like, every time. Of course, I stir in the final ingredients, but only then. Also, during the oven phase (as it were), I pull the sheet pans out every 20 minutes and fold everything over and together, replace, and repeat until the hour is up. Furthermore, I flick out a popcorn pop/kernel/whatever to let cool on my counter while awaiting the next 20 minutes, just to test “doneness”. =]


    • Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (15)Nicole Nared-Washington says



  4. Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (16)Neda says

    This is amazing! I popped the popcorn kernels in a microwave safe bowl covered with a microwave safe plate. Followed the advice of one reviewer and didn’t stir while it was boiling. I ended up with the most delicious caramel mixture.


    • Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (17)Nicole Nared-Washington says



  5. Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (18)Janice says

    I wonder if this same method will work for peanuts and nuts? I need a recipe for toffee crunch nut mix.


    • Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (19)Nicole Nared-Washington says

      Hmmm. I don’t see why not. I would try it and let me know how it comes out!


  6. Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (20)Annie says

    I’ve made this at home several times with no issues and it’s fabulous! I try to make it at work and it almost burnt part of it during the baking process. I’m going to guess it was because these ovens are older than the hills. I want to try again at work so they get a better representation of the heaven that is this popcorn. I want to try in our convection oven. What is your recommendation for time and temp in a convection oven?


    • Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (21)Nicole Nared-Washington says

      This is great Annie! I am so glad you have a great experience with this recipe!


  7. Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (22)Susan says

    My first time ever making Carmel popcorn and this recipe was very easy to follow and very DELICIOUS!!!! Thank Yiu for sharing!


    • Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (23)Nicole Nared-Washington says

      No problem! Thanks for trying!


      • Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (24)Jennifer says

        Can this be rolled into popcorn balls?


        • Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (25)Nicole Nared-Washington says

          I don’t think it will stick together and the caramel may burn your hands.


  8. Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (26)Lynn says

    I’m excited to try this. One question. How much is 2 sticks of butter in cups? Our sticks here in Canada come in different sizes.


    • Butter Toffee Popcorn Recipe - Brown Sugar Food Blog (27)Nicole Nared-Washington says

      2 sticks is one cup, 16 tablespoons.


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What is the difference between caramel and toffee popcorn? ›

Ingredient Differences

Toffee is a product of heating sugar or light corn syrup and butter at 300F. Therefore, it tastes like light buttery, and sugary candy. The sweet buttery taste balances well with the saltiness of the popcorn. On the other hand, caramel has dark corn syrup, milk or cream, and water.

What do you put on plain popcorn? ›

  1. Melted butter.
  2. Sea salt.
  3. Ranch seasoning.
  4. Tajín.
  5. Cheddar seasoning.
  6. Caramel sauce.
  7. Sprinkles.

What does caramel popcorn taste like? ›

The best caramel corn is a masterful nugget of salty, sweet, crunchy deliciousness. It delivers an impressive hit of rich, homemade caramel flavor with just enough salt to tame the sugar. Bad caramel corn is too sweet, too salty or entirely lacking in caramel flavor.

What goes well with salted popcorn? ›

Popcorn Pairings
  • Beer and Popcorn. ...
  • Hot chocolate puddings with salted caramel popcorn. ...
  • BlueHost.com. ...
  • Sea salt ice cream with sweet popcorn from Aqua S | soph. ...
  • Popcorn and wine pairings - I cannot freaking believe this exists. ...
  • Salted Caramel Coma Cake.

Is butterscotch the same as toffee? ›

Toffee vs Butterscotch

While butterscotch is cooked to a soft-crack stage, toffee is produced by allowing that same butter and brown sugar mixture to reach the hard-crack stage. Butterscotch tends to be chewy and pliable; toffee is brittle and more breakable.

Is toffee just hardened caramel? ›

Toffee – the hard, sweet candy – is an old-fashioned treat, so you might not hear the name very much around modern candy shops. But this classic candy is an enjoyable delight that bursts with flavor at each bite. What is toffee, you ask? Basically, it's hardened caramel (more on that later).

What can you add to popcorn to make it yummy? ›

Make a sweet or savory spice mix. Toss the popcorn in a little melted butter, then add the spice mix and toss to coat the kernels. My sweet spice mix includes ginger, Ceylon cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and allspice. The savory one includes smoked paprika, onion powder, a little cumin, a pinch of cayenne, and fine salt.

What is the best butter for popcorn? ›

Before you pour melted butter over your freshly popped popcorn, stop! Consider clarifying that butter. Clarified butter is an easy, quick way to get that theater-butter flavor without getting soggy popcorn.

What can I add to popcorn to make it taste better? ›

You can use seasoning mixes or create your own by combining different spices. Some ideas for flavors include Classic Butter: Melted butter and a pinch of salt. Cheese Lovers: Sprinkle powdered cheddar cheese or nutritional yeast on the popcorn. Sweet & Salty: Mix caramel sauce with a dash of sea salt.

How do you make Martha Stewart caramel popcorn? ›

In a small saucepan, bring butter, sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons water to a boil, stirring constantly. Working quickly, drizzle popcorn with sugar syrup, and toss. Spread popcorn evenly on prepared baking sheet. Bake, tossing occasionally, until golden and shiny, about 40 minutes.

Why is my homemade caramel popcorn soggy? ›

Give it some time to cool. If it's still tasting soggy after 1–2 hours of cooling at room temperature, you may have under-baked the caramel corn. 1 hour in the oven is usually plenty. Additionally, be sure to cook the caramel on the stove for long enough.

What to add to buttered popcorn? ›

Or for an even easier option, try these simple popcorn topping ideas:
  1. Garlic powder or garlic salt.
  2. Dried parsley and grated Parmesan.
  3. Nutritional yeast, which is a healthy—but still flavorful—alternative to cheese.
Dec 22, 2020

What candy to mix with popcorn? ›

M&M's are a classic candy that many people love to mix into popcorn. It's one of our favorite options for popcorn snack mix. Simply add your popcorn to a large bowl and then mix in your favorite M&M's. Peanut, cookie dough, or even mini M&M's are all great in their own way.

What can I put on popcorn other than butter? ›

Butter Substitutes for Popcorn
  1. Olive Oil. Olive oil is a healthy and tasty alternative to butter. ...
  2. Trail Mix. Adding trail mix to your popcorn can introduce a variety of flavors while also providing a healthy alternative to butter. ...
  3. Coconut Oil. ...
  4. Avocado Oil. ...
  5. Ghee. ...
  6. Canola Oil.
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Is caramel and toffee the same? ›

The difference between caramel and toffee is greater, as caramel has a more liquid consistency and is usually pure sugar (it doesn't contain butter or flour). Still, the taste of caramel, fudge, and toffee is relatively similar, as they are all made from mostly sugar (as well as butter in the case of fudge and toffee).

What is the meaning of toffee popcorn? ›

Caramel corn or caramel popcorn (toffee popcorn in the UK) is a confection made of popcorn coated with a sugar or molasses based caramel candy shell that is normally less than 1mm thick. Typically a sugar solution or syrup is made and heated until it browns and becomes thick, producing a caramelized candy syrup.

Is caramel and toffee nut the same thing? ›

Toffee nut incorporates that delicious candy into a sweet syrup. It is almost like a combination of caramel and some kind of nuts, and boy, is it tasty. The nutty flavor can come from almonds, hazelnuts or pecans and creates a depth to the flavor of coffee drinks and other tasty beverages that you add it to.

What's the difference between toffee and caramel and butterscotch? ›

When it comes to butterscotch and toffee you've got a lot of the same ingredients. They also use butter, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream, but it's the sugar that differentiates these two from caramel. While caramel uses white sugar, both butterscotch and toffee use brown sugar.


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