Caramel Apple Popcorn Mix

Happy holiday season! It’s the time of year for all things merry and bright… and yummy! Gift a box of sweetness or satisfy a snacky crowd with this (vegan!) Caramel Apple Popcorn Mix!

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Ho ho ho! Lol jk I’m a bit of a grinch when it comes to the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I love the time with family and plates piled with comfort food. I’m just not here for all of the hubbub of decorating, presents, snow… Maybe Ohio isn’t the best state to be avoiding snow in but here I am.

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When I do get around to preparing for the holidays, I choose to show my love by feeding people and gifting useful items or experiences. A few years ago, I did all experiential gifts (like a pedicure with my mom and a taco night with my dad) and it was a total hit! It gave me dedicated time to spend with each of my family members and allowed them to unwrap something that wasn’t just useless junk.

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Besides experiences, I love giving food gifts. Whether that’s contributing to the holiday table spread or giving a homemade plate of cookies, I know that food gifts won’t go to waste! One year I even painted personalized cookie plates at a local pottery paint shop and gifted them covered with cookies. I’ve seen them used years later!

So, when thinking of gifts to give or snacks bring to events this year, I came up with this Caramel Apple Popcorn Mix!! It’s perfect for taking to parties or gifting in tins for those hard-to-please relatives. Even my first attempt, which didn’t turn out as perfect as I wanted, got rave reviews with John’s coworkers. I’m sure it will please even your pickiest giftee.

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I’m lucky to be making with recipe with Florida Crystals Sugar who sent me nine (!!) pounds of sugar to experiment with this year! I love using their sugar because it is produced in the U.S. using earth-friendly farming methods, comes in recycling packaging, and best of all, is certified vegan! Did you know that many sugar brands use burnt animal bones to filter their sugar? Yuck! That’s never the case with Florida Crystals!

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When I was researching recipes to develop this Caramel Apple Popcorn Mix recipe, I saw a lot of recipes that used regular white cane sugar. But I wanted something more complex and deeper, so I went with brown sugar for a darker caramelized flavor. Whatever sugar you choose, I highly recommended using Florida Crystals sugar products. For realsies, this was my sugar brand of choice before I got lucky enough to work with them!

This holiday season, whip up a batch of Caramel Apple Popcorn Mix to please guests, family, friends, and be sure to save some for yourself! You’ll thank me!!

Caramel Apple Popcorn Mix

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Happy holiday season! It’s the time of year for all things merry and bright… and yummy! Gift a box of sweetness or satisfy a snacky crowd with this (vegan!) Caramel Apple Popcorn Mix!

Ingredients

  • 10 cups popped popcorn (from about 1/2 cup kernels)
  • 2 cups chopped almonds (raw or lightly toasted)
  • 2 cups chopped dried apples
  • Caramel:
  • 2 cup Florida Crystals brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) non-dairy butter
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pop the popcorn according to manufacturer directions. I pop mine on the stove, but microwave works just as well here. Remove any hard kernels.
  3. Add popcorn, dried apples, and almonds to a large heat-proof bowl and set aside.
  4. Make the caramel by adding the brown sugar and water to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil then add in butter, stirring until melted. Cook, stirring frequently for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat and add in the baking soda and vanilla, which should produce a bubbling chemical reaction. Whisk in salt.
  6. Quickly pour the caramel over the popcorn mix and stir gently to coat.
  7. Spread mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing once.
  8. Let cool completely before breaking mixture into pieces.
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