Dale’s Caramel Nut Popcorn

Dale's Caramel Nut PopcornOne of The Sugar Breakup’s friends and staunch fructose free campaigner, Dale, has kindly shared her amazing caramel nut popcorn recipe.

This recipe is so good it would make a great Christmas gift and will appeal to all tastes.

It’s so easy to make; try stopping at just one piece.

  • Serves: 20 pieces
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time on stove top: 5-7 minutes
  • Cookware: large heavy based saucepan
  • Tin: Biscuit baking tray lined with baking paper

2 1/2 cups of unsalted popcorn
1/2 cup The Sugar Breakup Dextrose
1/8 cup The Sugar Breakup Organic Golden Rice Malt Syrup
28 g butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
1/8 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3/4 cup toasted nuts (almonds, macadamias, cashews)

Let’s put it together

  1. Line a biscuit tray with baking paper.
  2. In a large, heavy based saucepan, place dextrose, rice malt syrup, butter, salt, vanilla and heat on low to medium heat until dextrose has dissolved.
  3. Turn heat down to low and cook without stirring for 5-7 minutes. Watch for the colour change, indicating caramelisation.
  4. Stir in baking soda.
  5. turn the stove off and add nuts and popcorn and stir to coat kernels all over.
  6. Quickly spread it out onto the lined baking tray and allow to cool and set.
  7. Break up into chunks-but never too small chunks. You know it’s always a thrill when you come across a super chunk!

Thank you very much Dale. A great recipe!!

7 thoughts on “Dale’s Caramel Nut Popcorn

  1. I think my family will love this recipe, and would like to try it for the first time as ‘cupcakes’ for my son’s birthday (he doesn’t like cake). When you say ‘quickly spread it out’, approx. how long have I got do you think? Just roughly. Thanks heaps.

    • Hi Fiona, your family will really love it. When you mix it all together you only have a few minutes before it starts to set. Probably 5mins at the most. So I’d have all of the patty cases ready to go. Remember it’s setting caramel so it’s hot when working with it while it’s still soft. Let us know how you go, would love to see a photo. Regards The Sugar Breakup Team

    • Hi Caroline,

      I often make this recipe with just the popcorn (no nuts or seeds) for school events. Absolutely delicious. You can increase the amount of popcorn by an additional half to whole cup. Julia

  2. Ok tried this again today and perfect – beautifully crunchy – trying to get it ziplocked and away before it all gets “tasted”.

  3. Ha Ha can vouch for this being awesome even when it doesn’t go to plan – Mine didn’t go hard (blaming weather temp over 35 humidity 74%) and it still tasted beautiful – and it was the two not fructose free family members who scoffed the most down, so you could take this one anywhere knowing it will be popular..

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