• Makes 2
  • 45 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 13 Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 2 large trays)

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup popping corn
  • 60g butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup golden syrup
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup malt vinegar
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp bicarb soda
  • Salt flakes


  1. Arrange large sheets of baking paper over oven trays. Preheat the oven to 220°C (200 fan forced).
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the popcorn and cover with a tight fitting lid. Cook shaking the pan regularly for 4 minutes or until the popcorn has popped. Spread the Popcorn over the baking trays, discarding any unpopped corn.
  3. In a medium sized saucepan, combine the butter, honey, golden syrup, sugar, vinegar, star anise, cinnamon stick and ground spices.
  4. Bring to the boil, stirring, then reduce the heat and simmer for 7 minutes or until the sauce is glossy and thickened. Remove from the heat and add the bicarb, stir well to combine.
  5. Quickly drizzle the caramel lightly and evenly over the popcorn. Using large metal spoons, toss the popcorn through the caramel to coat. Discard the cinnamon stick and star anise.
  6. Bake 15 – 20 minutes or until deep golden colour, turning over the popcorn about half way through the cooking to evenly colour.
  7. Tips: The caramel is very hot and can be sticky, take care while tossing through the popcorn. Keeps well for 2 days in a sealed container.


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  • What a nice treat and different taste to your regular popcorn. Worth a try.


  • An interesting recipe would love to try.


  • Thanks for sharing your recipe. I actually prefer my popcorn natural but will have to give this a shot. Looks great


  • I love caramel popcorn, and sweet & salt options.


  • These are very cute! I love how they look


  • Perfect for a friday night movie night in. The star anise would make it taste amazing.


  • Great for a treat – but I prefer just some butter when I make popped corn and my kids and grandkids love it and no weight gain.


  • This would be perfect for little christmas treats. Or even in party bags


  • I love the spices, would quit the sugar.


  • This looks mighty tasty and very decadent mmmm!!!


  • Yum can’t wait to try this


  • The perfect treat for our next movie night!


  • An interesting mix. I’ve recently tried different flavoured versions of Popcorn with surprising results. The Vanilla Bean version is yummy and moreish. Best I not try it again though.


  • I like the use of spices. Personally I don’t like using golden syrup and heating honey as it strips it down of it’s beautiful benefits, I would use yacon / coconut palm syrup with some mesquite and vanilla powder instead.


  • A timely warning that there was an article about the dangers of giving popcorn to a child of 5 y.o. or younger,


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