Easy Caramel Popcorn

By Jeanette Terry

A sweet-and-salty snack with a great satisfying crunch. But with only 11g of carbs and 50 calories per serving, this recipe will be kind to your blood sugar.

Easy Caramel Popcorn
  • 10 cups popped low-fat microwave popcorn

  • 6 caramel candies, cut into small pieces

  • 2 Tbsp dark or light corn syrup

  • 1/2 Tbsp water

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a large jelly roll pan or rimmed cookie sheet with nonstick spray coating and set aside. Place the popcorn in a large ceramic or glass bowl; set aside.

  2. In a 1-cup measure or similar microwave-safe bowl, combine the caramels, syrup, and water. Cover with wax paper and microwave on high power for 40 seconds. Stir. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds until the caramels are completely melted.

  3. Being very careful to keep fingers away from the hot syrup, slowly pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn, stirring with a large wooden spoon to coat evenly. Spread the popcorn evenly on the prepared baking pan. Bake the popcorn for 4 to 6 minutes, until the syrup hardens slightly.

  4. Cool before serving, or store tightly covered at room temperature. Leftover popcorn will keep for 4 to 5 days.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
1 mg
59 mg

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30 replies

Anonymous 2013-11-03 16:51:58 -0600 Report

Seems like every recipe I view at Diabetic Connect is not that diabetic friendly. Corn syrup - really?

Collette75 2013-09-01 12:15:52 -0500 Report

How can we drop more of the sugar? sodium is easy to reduce, use an air popper. I find if I have something later in the evening it seems to drop my blood sugar levels too, so nice to have a 113 over a 140. I control my diabetes with food right now, and hope I can continue to do that, but sometimes I feel I could slip over the edge. If I want something sweet I just eat it, drink a ton of water and have actually started to get more exercise. I will try this recipe, and will see if I can tweak it somewhat will try to remember to let you know how that works out.

cantgetaround 2013-08-31 23:59:21 -0500 Report

I dont know who told you cant eat snacks at bedtime my diabetic doctor tells me Im to eat six times a day …shoot caramel corn sounds very good to me …best luck to everyone diabetes…

kryton50036 2013-08-31 16:33:22 -0500 Report

Who says we not supposed to eat a snack before bed? I find my morning blood sugar is more stable if I have a bed time snack.

And the carbs need to be digestible for them to be converted to sugars.

ohneclue 2013-08-27 15:21:16 -0500 Report

So even though we're not supposed to eat late at night,and even though we're not supposed to eat caramel candies and corn syrup light or dark, this is a GOOD snack to eat when we're not supposed to eat?

Turtle 2012-12-20 23:13:28 -0600 Report

Easy to fix so I made it and stirred in some mixed nuts and mixed chexs for varity. It completely thru off the nutrition as stated above. I am unable to eat any of the ing. so I made it for holiday gifts, put in a lines tin and am giving it away,

2012-07-08 19:32:52 -0500 Report

Don't forget even tho it has only 6 grams of sugar, it does have 11 grams of carbs. And we all know that carbs turn to sugar.