This salted caramel and chocolate popcorn clusters are made a healthier by using maple syrup/honey and coconut oil! Top with your favorite nuts and chunks of dark chocolate!
These caramel corn clusters have been a favorite in our house for the last several years. I make it a lot around the holidays for us to munch on while we’re all snuggled up on the couch watching our favorite Christmas movies. I mean, what better movie-watching snack is there besides popcorn and chocolate?!
I love sweet and salty combos, and my usual plain popcorn and chocolate snack is made even better by the addition of a salty-sweet caramel and other yummy add-ins, like almonds, toasted coconut, and goji berries. Those are my flavors of choice, but you really can add anything you like here. Feel free to add peanuts, pecans, chocolate chips, your favorite candy, etc…there are so many choices!
It used to be that I made caramel the way most people do—with butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. I now cringe at the thought of ever using corn syrup in anything, but that was the classic recipe and that’s how I made it. Little did I know there were other ways to make this same, delicious flavor with better-for-you ingredients!
I use a combo of maple syrup and honey to make this caramel and although there is a subtle hint of each flavor, it is definitely not overwhelming and neither is the coconut oil. My daughter, who doesn’t like the flavor of honey or coconut, couldn’t even tell the difference, and you know kids..they’re brutally honest. 😉
To top it all off, I use melted dark chocolate chips to drizzle over the popcorn mixture and then stick it in the fridge to cool quickly. This crunchy, sweet with a touch of salt, popcorn makes a great snack or gift to give away.
…and while you’re in the giving mood, you can send me some too! 😉
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