Caramel Apple Cider Popcorn

*This recipe was originally posted here. But it was dying for new pictures!

Something about September just says apples. Apples and apple cider and apple sauce and everything else that can be made with apples.

If you’ve been around here for any time at all, you know we have a love of popcorn in this house. I have a few different popcorn recipes here on the blog, and this one is a favorite. However, I was a bit embarrassed by the photos that went along with it. So, I decided it was time to update the photos and make this amazingly delicious popcorn again. And again. Alright, so I may or may not have made it 3 times in a week and used the “blog” as an excuse to make more!

This snack is a twist on caramel popcorn, in the best way possible. It’s like your favorite warm cider beverage in popcorn form. That totally makes sense right?

My kids devoured this stuff. My brother in law basically ate the whole bowl, and i didn’t eat any of it. Ok, that’s a lie. This stuff is so insanely good, make sure you have enough ingredients to make more after the first batch is gone, because they will request more!

Caramel Apple Cider Popcorn


  • 2 packets Apple Cider drink mix (I used Alpine Brand)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 10-12 cups plain popcorn (about 2 bags popped, or 1/2 cup kernels)


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Cover 2 baking sheets with foil and spray with non stick spray.(don't skip this step, trust me)
  • Pop your popcorn and spread evenly on the two baking sheets.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar, cider drink mix, and corn syrup.Stir continuously until boiling.
  • Reduce heat and add cream of tarter while stirring.
  • Add baking soda. (It will bubble and foam. That's what it is supposed to do, just keep stirring)
  • Gently and carefully pour the caramel over the popcorn and gently stir to coat.
  • Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Gently stir popcorn around and cook an additional 10 minutes. Popcorn should be a golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let it cool. Once cool, break apart any large pieces that stuck together.

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This is the popcorn popper I use and it has changed my life. Ok, so maybe it didn’t changed my life. But, if you constantly burn popcorn like I do, first read this post for a laugh, then go buy this popcorn popper because it makes perfect popcorn every. single. time!

A few of my other popcorn recipes:

Brownie Batter Popcorn

Patriotic Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn (This one needs new pictures too!)



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