Coming in at 250 calories per serving, caramel popcorn is a delicious compromise between sweet and savory. As an added benefit, popcorn is whole-grain -- meaning you'll feel more full and satisfied. This recipe makes 12 servings, so one serving would be about 1 1/2 cups.
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Pop 1/2 cup popcorn kernels in an air popper (to avoid using fatty oil). While the corn is popping, lightly coat two large baking pans with cooking spray.
In a medium saucepan, combine:
- 1 3/4 cups light brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons of peanut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for two to three minutes. Stir in a teaspoon of baking soda. The mixture will become smooth.
Drizzle evenly over the popcorn in the baking pans and give it a little stir to coat all the pieces. Bake for one hour, stirring the popcorn every 15 minutes or so.