Monday, November 12, 2012

Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn & A Virtual Baby Shower

Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn

I love nothing more than meeting someone who you can connect with on many levels.  Rachel is one of those people.  I don’t remember when we first “met” but she is one that I talk to on a nearly-daily basis.  She is seriously one of the most humble and laid back bloggers that I know, and I have never even met her in real life.  We share a love for spreadsheets, all-things-organized and, you guessed it: popcorn.

Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn

Well, guess what…TODAY is all about Rachel and her sweet baby boy who will be making his appearance very soon.  Happy Virtual Shower, Rach!!

I can say that popcorn is one of my very favorite snacks.  I (almost) lived on it in college and have been known to eat popcorn for dinner…along with a glass of wine, of course.  Sometimes I like my popcorn a little bit spicy.  I  think I prefer it with tons of butter and salt – classic and simple.  But for a new baby, we definitely needs some sweet and salty.  So I made salted caramel cashew popcorn.  The sweet and salty here is almost too balanced, if that can happen – it’s just way too easy to keep going back for another handful.  The salted caramel is so simple – no candy thermometer needed, just some butter, brown sugar and a little stirring.  Go ahead and add some M&M’s, Hershey’s kisses or chocolate chips for a little added sweetness.

Congratulations, Rachel, I am so happy for you, can’t wait to meet your little guy! xo

Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn

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Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn Recipe

Yield: 6 cups

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour (includes cooling time)

A simple salted caramel sauce is drizzled over popped popcorn and cashews and baked for a fun fall and winter-inspired snack.


4 cups popped corn (unsalted, unbuttered), see note below
1 cup cashew halves and pieces
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. Maldon sea salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. vanilla


Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the popcorn and cashews. .

In a heavy saucepot over medium heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt and stir constantly while bringing it to a boil. When it begins to boil rapidly, stop stirring and allow the caramel to boil for 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Carefully pour over popcorn and mix well. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring at 15 minutes to break up the large pieces.

When finished, spread out the popcorn on a layer of wax paper and break up any large chunks. Allow the popcorn to cool completely before serving; store in an airtight container for up to 4's actually better the second and third day.

*Updated: some who have tried the recipe have experienced that the popcorn burns when baked at 350 degrees. If your oven tends to run a little hotter, bake the popcorn at 325 or bake at 350 and watch carefully, stirring more frequently.*

Cassie’s Notes:
I pop my popcorn on the stove because: a) we don’t have a microwave and b) we don’t have an airpopper. So stove popping is really my only choice, good thing I love it that way.

Here’s how to do it:

Heat one tablespoon of oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. (I use grapeseed, you can use canola, vegetable, etc. just not olive oil, it will be likely to burn.)

Add a few popcorn kernels and let it heat up. When one kernel pops, add 1/3 cup of uncooked popcorn kernels and cover the pan. Shake the pan a little to spread the kernels in an even layer. Let the kernels pop for several minutes until the pan is full and the popping slows down, shaking the pan every-so-often

Remove from heat and transfer popcorn to a large bowl, in this case, the roasting pan.

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Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn


96 Responses to “Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn & A Virtual Baby Shower”

  1. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — November 12, 2012 @ 6:41 am

    Hooray! Happy baby shower to a wonderful blogger!!! And this popcorn turned out amazing, Cassie! 🙂

  2. #
    Emily — November 12, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    Yum, yum, yum! This sounds divine! I love the idea of the cashews!

  3. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 12, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    I love that you made popcorn lol 🙂

  4. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — November 12, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    Yum, great minds think alike, we both did a form of salted caramel popcorn. This looks amazing, love it!

  5. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 12, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    I love that you added salt and nuts to this popcorn dish. Pretty much my 3 favorite foods in one. 🙂

  6. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 12, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    oh yum! I love salted caramel! What a great addition to popcorn!

  7. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 12, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    So sweet of you guys! This popcorn looks awesome!

  8. #
    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — November 12, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    This sounds like my dream- I’m a sucker for anything sweet and salty. And Congrats to Rachel!

  9. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — November 12, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    This looks amazing! I love all these popcorn dishes 🙂 Thank you for being a part of the party!!!

  10. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — November 12, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    Ahhh, girl you are speaking my language!

  11. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — November 12, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    I love how many people brought popcorn for Rachel! Hahaha. 🙂 Such a lovely treat, and shower!

  12. #
    Sarah Caron — November 12, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    My kids and husband would go crazy for this popcorn! Looks amazing.

  13. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — November 12, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    Love this! It’s like crunch n munch on crack! I want!

  14. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — November 12, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Looks fab!

  15. #
    carrian — November 12, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Hooray for a baby shower!!!

  16. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 12, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Yay for Rachel! And yay for that popcorn being in my mouth.

  17. #
    Shaina — November 12, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    I’m obsessed with salted caramel. This looks amazing. Congratulations to Rachel!

  18. #
    Aggie — November 12, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    This is amazing. I could do some damage with a bowl of this. Congrats to Rachel and her little man!! xo

  19. #
    Erin | The Law Students Wife — November 12, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Popcorn and wine?? My respect for you when to a whole new level! I’m a sucker for anything salty-sweet, so this snack (or main dish as I see fit) is right up my alley!

  20. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 12, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    I love any type of popcorn and now that it has caramel and cashews its a winner! Rachel and the baby are going to love this recipe!

  21. #
    Deborah — November 12, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Right about now I’m wishing this shower wasn’t virtual so I could be snacking on some of this. I want it!!

  22. #
    Sheila — November 12, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    Very fun treat to bring to the party!

  23. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — November 12, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I need this popcorn in my life so bad, it’s unreal. Seriously. That last picture has me clawing at the screen!

  24. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — November 12, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    I LOVE caramel popcorn and yours looks like it turned out with the perfect sweet and salty crunch. Adding cashews was brilliant – what a great virtual baby shower recipe! I can see how this popcorn would be absolutely addicting!

  25. #
    Joanne — November 12, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    My mom found a popcorn popper in my grandmother’s house when she was cleaning it up, and no lie I thought of Rachel when she told me! So funny. The salted caramel cashew sounds like the perfect popcorn twist!

  26. #
    luv what you do — November 12, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    This looks just like Garretts popcorn which I love! Awesome recipe!

  27. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 12, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    Salted caramel and cashews?! Yes please, I’m in love!

  28. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — November 12, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    This is the kind of popcorn I can get behind!

  29. #
    Rachel Cooks — November 12, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    This popcorn looks amazing, Cassie! Thank you so much for being a part of this virtual shower. I’m so touched and blown away by your kind words and thoughtfulness. Love you! xo

  30. #
    Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama — November 12, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    This popcorn looks so delicious!!! I love salted caramel anything.

  31. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — November 12, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    Love this! I just made some caramel popcorn the other day and I am now addicted. Salted + Cashews…perfect!!

  32. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — November 12, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Congrats Rach! And I love this popcorn, it will be my next homemade popcorn venture 🙂

  33. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — November 12, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Lovely, sweet (and salty) popcorn, Cassie! What a wonderful treat for Rachel! Cheers to you and congratulations to Rachel!! 🙂

  34. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — November 12, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    This looks fabulous! What a perfect recipe for Rachel’s shower! 🙂 I wish I could get my hands on some of this now. Caramel and popcorn is the perfect match.

  35. #
    Vicki Bensinger — November 12, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

    This sounds beyond delicious and couldn’t be easier to make. I love this recipe and will definitely make it. I will probably use Lyle’s Golden Syrup in place of corn syrup it’s so much better. If you’ve never tried it you have to, it makes everything better, IMO!

  36. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — November 12, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    So many babies right now!! This popcorn looks incredible!

  37. #
    Nancy/SpicieFoodie — November 12, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    I’ve never made flavored popcorn because I’ve been intimidated. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and encouraging me. This looks perfect!

  38. #
    diabeticFoodie — November 12, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    I love the idea of popcorn and cashews together! I’m sure Rachel loved this one.

  39. #
    Carlas Confections — November 12, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    Yum this looks great! Congrats to Rachel!!! 😀

  40. #
    Kathryn — November 12, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    This popcorn sounds perfect for Rachel & for her party! Love it!

  41. #
    Jenn — November 12, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    Yum, this sounds absolutely delicious!

  42. #
    Steph — November 12, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Um…yes please! One BIG bowl for me!

  43. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — November 12, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    I want to sample all of these popcorn varieties…someone opening a shop soon…I would invest!

  44. #
    Pati Rhea — November 12, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    I believe there may be a small error in your recipe. In the directions you say “boil for without stirring”. I’m wondering if you meant to say to boil for sp many minutes without stirring and just left out the number of minutes. Could you please clarify?! Thank you so much.

  45. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 12, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    This just looks amazing, Cassie!! Love the salty and sweet combo. What a great line up of recipes for this shower!

  46. #
    cathy @ Noble Pig — November 12, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Um heck yeah! One of my faves too! I love all things popcorn! And cheers to all things little boys!!

  47. #
    kita — November 12, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    Popcorn! I love it. Perfect for Rachel! I have a long and ammusing story about caramel popcorn… but I won’t do that to you on your blog. (I’d put you to sleep for sure).

  48. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 12, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    Cassie!! You made what may be the most wonderful, perfect snack there is. you see, it’s a regular occassion i eat popcorn for dinner. two huge bags, all to myself. now… i have to change things up a bit and go into a huge sugar coma b/c THIS IS screaming my name! Love the photos too. I want to lick the screen!

  49. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 12, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    This is my kind of popcorn, holy moly! Right down Rachel’s alley too!

  50. #
    Donna — November 12, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE cashews and this looks so absolutely perfect! I’m a little afraid to make it, though, because I’d probably eat a huge bucket of it all by myself.

  51. #
    Marnely Rodriguez — November 13, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    Popcorn, I think Rachel needs to buy stock in it! Love me some salty and sweet popcorn!

  52. #
    katie — November 13, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    I’m drooling over this popcorn. I’m sure Rachel LOVED all the salty /sweet treats!

  53. #
    Bailey @ Bailey Bakes — November 13, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Just letting you know this popcorn didn’t make it home last night. I ate it all in the car on my way. 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — November 13th, 2012 @ 9:42 am

      That is awesome! 🙂 So glad you made it!!

  54. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — November 13, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    I love caramel popcorn, and I bet I would love salted caramel popcorn even more!

  55. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — November 13, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    This looks incredible, Cassie! Just like you and Rachel – who’ve I’ve been lucky enough to meet in real life, and is 110% just as lovely!

  56. #
    Sandy @ RE — November 13, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    This looks fantastic! Very sweet of you guys to put that together for Rachel. Love little boys, too, and they always love their mommies!

  57. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — November 13, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    This is a perfect sweet and salty combination for popcorn! What a fun treat for a party!

  58. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 13, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    You guys are too sweet for doing this! And this popcorn is so perfect for Rachel! I hear her talking about popcorn all the time on twitter and then I get a major craving for it! And I’m definitely try this version – I could snack on this all day!

  59. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — November 13, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    How sweet! Rachel must be super excited by what you all made. 🙂

    And I’ve seen so much flavored popcorn lately. I’ve never had it so I definitely need to get up to speed and try it out.

  60. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — November 13, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    such an awesome combo! might need to make this for a party we’re having this weekend!

  61. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — November 13, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Oooh, salty caramel is my absolute fave!

  62. #
    Cass @foodmyfriend — November 13, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    Um nom! I made caramel and toasted coconut popcorn for the first time a few weeks ago. This looks incredible!

  63. #
    Baking Serendipity — November 13, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    I really want to put a bowl of this popcorn, and a bottle of wine on the menu for dinner tomorrow night. The tricky part will be getting my husband to go for it 🙂

  64. #
    Mackenzie @SusieFreakingHomemaker — November 14, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    Salted caramel anything makes me so happy! Love that you made popcorn – I suppose we all could have made popcorn of sorts! Man she loves that stuff!!

  65. #
    Angie — November 14, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    This recipe looks so good! I’ve never made caramels before, I’ll have to try them!

  66. #
    Shari-Tickled Red — November 15, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Oh my goodness! The boys and I are going to be in snack attack heaven 😀

  67. #
    Shaina — November 16, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    I need this in my life. Salted caramel is my one true weakness. Gorgeous.

  68. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — November 17, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    This would be such a fun gift to give for the holidays! My mom always made an incredible caramel corn for Christmas and I have never tried it!

  69. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — November 18, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    I love cashews, but I feel like people never put them in stuff–not like they do almonds and peanuts, at least. So yay for using cashews! Awesome recipe! 🙂

  70. #
    brandi — November 28, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    i want this right now! is this possible? 🙂 we seriously need just a popcorn party.

  71. #
    Kim — December 29, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    I made this popcorn tonight- it looked perfect after mixing the popcorn and nuts with the caramel, but it was BURNT after 15 min @ 350 degrees! It really needs to be baked at a lower temperature!

    • Cassie replied: — December 30th, 2012 @ 7:53 am

      Hi Kim, I’m so sorry it burnt for you. Some ovens operate a little differently so I apologize that the instructions didn’t work for you. I’ll adjust the recipe. I hope you’ll try again!

  72. #
    Cecelia — October 14, 2015 @ 3:56 pm

    This was the easiest tastiest Carmel corn I have ever made!!! My husband is a cashew nut lover so I made this for his birthday. Was a big success. Thanks


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