Old Fashioned Molasses Caramel Corn

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Do I dare utter the words…fall is a ‘comin. And after that winter.
I am not ready for winter! But I do love pumpkin, spice and all that apple stuff, so this old fashioned molasses caramel popcorn I am considering my gateway into fall. This vegan popcorn is crunchy, sweet and has a depth of unique old fashioned flavor from the molasses. 

Molasses. Do you like it?

To me, it always reminds me of days gone by. Let me explain! I can imagine in my mind, the Little House on the Prairie family making this at wintertime over an open hearth and then packaging it up all fancy for neighbors, friends and family.

Reading a little more on the history of molasses, it was cheaper to use until after World War I when prices dropped dramatically on white sugar (and now we consume gazillions of white sugar).
It has a strong flavor and although some may say it has health benefits, when it comes down to it – it is a dark brown syrup obtained from raw sugar during the refining process. So, yep. Still a sugar!

Popcorn Lovers, You Need Old Fashioned Molasses Caramel Corn!

Yes, you do. It is super yummy. I know, I have gone on and on about my love of popcorn before so I won’t bore you with those details again.

The molasses adds a nice strong flavor that balances with the caramel. A hint of cinnamon lingers on the tongue after consuming for an out of this world popcorn taste experience.

Okay, I take my popcorn seriously round here at Bad to the Bowl! It is my guilty vegan dessert pleasure.

Let’s get popping!

If you make this, I would love to know. Tag @badtothebowl on social media so we can drool over your popcorn pictures.

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Old Fashioned Molasses Caramel Corn

Old fashioned molasses caramel corn is a sweet popcorn treat reminiscent of bygone days.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: molassses popcorn
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 203kcal


  • 3/4 cup popcorn kernels , 14 cups popped
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line a large rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Pop popcorn in large stovetop pan and then place in large bowl. Do not use microwave popcorn!
  • Combine coconut oil, molasses and dark brown sugar in small saucepan on stovetop over low heat. Stir in salt and cinnamon. Bring to boil and boil for 3 – 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and quickly stir in soda and extract – it will bubble!
  • Quickly pour over your reserved popcorn and stir to combine.
  • Spread on parchment lined pan.
  • Place in oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour – stir every 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven to wire racks to cool.
  • Store in airtight containers.


  • Do not use vegan butter, coconut oil produces a crispier, crunchier popcorn.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 0.4IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg


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