Sam's Rehabbed Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

A Salty Sweet Snack

GMA Recipes
Cook Time: min

Air-popped popcorn and dark chocolate helped cut the calories on this salty and sweet snack.


  • Cooking spray
  • 6 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup reduced-calorie light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat oven to 300 F. Coat a large jelly roll pan with cooking spray. Place popcorn in a large bowl.

    Combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan; bring to a boil over moderately low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once mixture begins to bubble, cook 2 minutes or until pale golden. Remove pan from the heat and immediately stir in vanilla, baking soda and salt. Pour sugar mixture over popcorn and stir to coat popcorn.

    Transfer the popcorn mixture to jelly roll pan, spreading it into an even layer, and bake 15 minutes. Stir the mixture and continue to bake 5 to 8 minutes longer, or until popcorn is caramel colored. Let cool until almost hardened, about 2-3 minutes. Break into pieces and let cool completely. Transfer to a large bowl. Line baking sheet with wax paper or parchment.

    Put chocolate in a large glass measuring cup and microwave on medium for 1 minute, or until melted. Pour chocolate over popcorn mixture. Gently stir to coat ingredients with chocolate. Transfer to baking sheet and let cool completely. Store in air-tight containers. Serves 6.

    Nutritional Information

    (per serving)

    Calories: 325

    Saturated Fat: 5 g

    Sodium: 182 mg

    Dietary Fiber: 1 g

    Total Fat: 10 g

    Carbs: 63 g

    Cholesterol: 5 mg

    Protein: 2 g

    Calories from Fat: 90 cal

    Trans Fatty Acid: 0 g

    Total Sugars: 33 g

    Recipe courtesy Danny Boome.

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: chocolate chips, light brown sugar, popcorn

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