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Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn

You may have noticed I am a little obsessed with popcorn. I’ve recently made Biscoff Cookie Popcorn, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn, and Twix Caramel Popcorn. I am having way too much fun with popcorn:) My latest creation is Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn. This popcorn is magical. There is something about it that will not let me stop eating it. I haven’t figure it out yet, so I keep eating. It is part of my research:) I am getting closer though. I think it has something to do with the caramel marshmallow popcorn that has a kick of sea salt, pretzel pieces, and Pretzel M&M’s. All of those ingredients in one popcorn bowl can only lead to addiction.

I love a good sweet and salty treat and this popcorn has the perfect balance of sugar and salt. The popcorn and pretzels get drenched in a salted caramel marshmallow mixture. I added a little red food coloring to turn the popcorn pink for Easter. You can use a different color or just leave the popcorn plain. I also stirred in Easter Pretzel M&M’s. They add a nice pop of spring color and the chocolate salty crunch goes nicely with the popcorn.

This Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn is a great spring and Easter treat. You will want to eat the entire batch all by yourself, but try to resist because this popcorn makes a great gift. Place the popcorn in bags and tie a pretty little ribbon around the end and you have a festive homemade gift.  You can also put the popcorn in little Easter eggs and hide them or add them to an Easter basket.

Get in the Easter mood and make a batch of this Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn. It is easy to make and fun to share and to munch on!

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Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn

Yield: About 8 cups popcorn

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

This sweet and salty popcorn treat is perfect for Easter and spring time snacking!

Ingredients:

6 cups plain popped popcorn
2 cups coarsely chopped salted pretzels
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Drop of red food coloring-if you want to make the popcorn pink for Easter
1 1/2 cups Easter Pretzel M&M's

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine popcorn and pretzels. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and water to a boil over medium high heat. Boil, undisturbed, until mixture is amber in color, for about 8-12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and slowly pour in the heavy cream. Be careful because the mixture will bubble up. Stir until smooth and add vanilla extract, marshmallows, and drop of red food coloring-if using. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.

2. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pretzels and gently stir with a rubber spatula until popcorn is well coated. Stir in the pretzel M&M's. Transfer mixture to a large baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool completely.

Note-I used air popped popcorn, but stove or microwave popcorn will work as well. I used red food coloring to make the popcorn pink for Easter. I also used Easter Pretzel M&M's. You can always change up the color or leave the popcorn plain. And feel free to stir in your favorite M&M's or other Easter candy. Robin Eggs or Mini Cadbury Eggs would be good too!

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164 Responses to “Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn”

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  1. 1
    Blog is the New Black — March 28, 2012 @ 5:01 am

    You’re so creative with your popcorn!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — March 28, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    So fun for Easter!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 28, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    I love this… and am pretty sure I’d eat the entire thing myself!

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    Erica — March 28, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    I knew you were going to make something awesome with those m and ms!!! I want a giant bowl

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    Cookbook Queen — March 28, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    This is GORGEOUS!! We’d LOVE it for Easter!!

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    katrina — March 28, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    What a wonderful combination of flavors!

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    We love popcorn, too, and this one looks beautiful and delicious.

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    oh looks great, I get nervous with these popcorn recipes they look like something I would not share, and that is not good for the figure LOL.

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    Kelley — March 28, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    I’m a sucker for everything salty-sweet! This looks like the perfect movie night treat!

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    Yum! What a fabolous recipe and the photos are gorgeous! I would love some of this popcorn, like right now!!

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    Margarita — March 28, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    What a fun looking Easter treat!

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    Jenny Flake — March 28, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Love this Maria! So fun and festive! xoxo

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 28, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    yummy and pretty!

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    Anna S — March 28, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    Oh. Yum. I’m so in trouble with this one. What could possibly be better with popcorn and Mini Carbury Eggs than salted caramel. And since most of the treats in this years Easter Baskets are going to be homemade, thank you for the wonderful idea!

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    naomi — March 28, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    So perfectly fun and festive for Easter., Maria!

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    What a fun Easter recipe, and so colorful! This is a great snack idea. Thanks, Maria!

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    Just literally read Jenna’s post about funfetti popcorn and now this! I’m in popcorn heaven today! Usually I have to be in the exact mood for popcorn but when you add funfetti or caramel or chocolate, it becomes much easier to convince me to have some :) Love this!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — March 28, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    Oh this just looks flipping fantastic!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 28, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    You are the popcorn recipe queen! I love the little pastel candies in these. So adorable for Easter.

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    Celina — March 28, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I am so excited to make this today for my kids after school snack. They will be tickled pink.

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    Tracey — March 28, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    You can never go wrong with salty and sweet – love this Maria!

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    Marci — March 28, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    I think I know what one of our General Conference treats will be now!

    Keep the popcorn recipes coming!

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    Hayley — March 28, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Yummy! I love the pastel colored M&M’s. So festive and springy!

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    Certainly nothing wrong with being obsessed with popcorn. I love the variations you’ve shared with us. Thanks!

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    HeatherChristo — March 28, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    OH MARIA!!! you are crushing me with fantastical popcorn creations! All this caramel corn is my kryptonite!

    Thank you for including me in your round-up!

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    aida mollenkamp — March 28, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    This popcorn would be a big hit in our house! I love how festive it looks too.

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    Cassie — March 28, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    Love this, so festive!

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    Emilie — March 28, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    We are cut from the same cloth Maria. I am loving everything on your blog lately, and I ADORE popcorn so I can’t wait to try this!

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    antique engagement rings — March 28, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    This is so cute… I am definitely making this!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — March 28, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    The color alone would keep my hand in the bowl. Caramel popcorn was always my favorite as a kid and I sadly have never made it home made. I love the peanutty m&ms that you have with the popcorn…it’s like trail mix but way better!

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    Alessandra — March 28, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    I really love this snack recipe, mostly because I am so indecisive at times, I have no idea is I want salty or sweet, so this is the perfect solution, thanks for the post the twix caramel popcorn looks awesome too.

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    Kristen — March 28, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    What a delicious and simple popcorn treat! Looks addicting.

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    Juli — March 28, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks SO good! Adding this to my Easter treats list – I think my husband will love it! Reese’s and Twix popcorn too??! Yum! I’m off to check out the other variations right now! :-)

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    charity — March 28, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    LOVE LOVE the Snickerdoodles!!! Yummy!

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    KarlaJ — March 28, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    This sounds like just the treat for an 8-hour car ride Easter weekend! Yum! Thanks Maria

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    Corrie Anne — March 28, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    Your next cookbook should be a popcorn cookbook!!!!!!!

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    susan — March 28, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    such pretty colors!

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    Sharon — March 28, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    This looks AMAZING and super PRETTY! I want to try it!

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    Lisa [With Style and Grace] — March 28, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    right now, I just want to pick out all those M&M’s. I don’t know what it is, but I have a crazy obsession for those little guys right now :)

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