Dark Chocolate Caramel Corn

Dark Chocolate Caramel Corn

What could be better than homemade hot-from-the-oven caramel corn? Chocolate covered caramel corn! This delicious recipe includes all the steps to make both variations.

Author: The Food Channel
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 16 cups popcorn, popped (fresh popped popcorn works best)
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup Butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate baking chips


To prepare caramel corn
  1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
  2. Combine corn syrup,  butter and brown sugar in saucepan; simmer over medium low heat to syrup consistency.
  3. Bring to a slow boil for 5 minutes without stirring.
  4. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda, salt and vanilla.
  5. Pour over popcorn and toss to evenly coat.
  6. Transfer to greased cookie sheets and bake uncovered for 1 hour; stirring several times during baking.
  7. Transfer caramel corn to large bowl and cool; breaking up clumps.
  To prepare chocolate covered popcorn
  1. Reserve 8 cups caramel corn (1/2 batch).
  2. Working in small batches, portion 1 cup chocolate chips into microwaveable measuring cup. Microwave for 60 seconds, stir, microwave an additional 20 seconds and stir until chocolate is smooth and melted.
  3. Combine melted chocolate with 2 cups caramel corn and stir to evenly coat; using tongs or fork, transfer chocolate covered popcorn pieces to cookie sheet lined with wax paper and cool.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with remaining chocolate chips and caramel popcorn.
  5. Cool until chocolate has hardened.
  6. Transfer to serving bowls or decorative containers.