Cocoa Nib Caramel Corn

cocoa nib caramel corn recipeHow are we at week 7 already? No, seriously. How did that happen? All of the sudden I am thinking about Thanksgiving, and I swear that I just put away the Halloween costumes.

I was watching Unique Sweets on The Cooking Channel and saw this caramel corn featured. It comes from Prospect in San Fransisco. I have never been there before, but I had some cocoa nibs in the cabinet that I have never tried before and this was the perfect recipe to give them a spin. On their own, I am not a huge fan, but mixed with some caramel, I could eat them all day.

I took this caramel corn to a Halloween party and no one could stop eating it. They all knew that it was a little bit different, but no one could figure out why. It is like a grown up version of caramel corn. I really love making caramel corn, and it makes a great gift. It keeps in an airtight container for at least 5 days. I wouldn’t really know because it has never stuck around that long.

cocoa nib caramel corn recipe1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 cup brown sugar
5 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 Tablespoon cocoa nibs

cocoa nib caramel corn recipePop the popcorn using the directions on the package. Put it in a large bowl and set aside. Put brown sugar, butter, salt, corn syrup, vanilla bean, and cocoa nibs in a medium saucepan.

cocoa nib caramel corn recipeBring a boil over medium heat.

cocoa nib caramel corn recipePour over popcorn.

cocoa nib caramel corn recipeToss to coat.

cocoa nib caramel corn recipeLine two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide popcorn in half and bake in a 250 degree oven for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool, stirring again so it doesn’t all stick together.

cocoa nib caramel corn recipe

Cocoa Nib Caramel Corn

Cocoa Nib Caramel Corn

Yield: makes 6 cups

Cocoa Nib Caramel Corn - a dressed up caramel corn. Cocoa nibs add extra crunch and a hint of deep chocolate flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa nibs

Instructions

  1. Pop the popcorn using the directions on the package. Put it in a large bowl and set aside. Put brown sugar, butter, salt, corn syrup, vanilla bean, and cocoa nibs in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring a boil over medium heat.
  3. Pour over popcorn.
  4. Toss to coat.
  5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide popcorn in half and bake in a 250 degree oven for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool, stirring again so it doesn’t all stick together.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This is such a nice treat! Yum!

    1. bakedbree

      Yes, it really is. So good!

  2. Stephanie

    omg yum!!! Popcorn is my favorite food (I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to it). This looks amazing

  3. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    I recently made caramel corn for the first time and I am ADDICTED! It is so good! This sounds great!

  4. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}

    Yeah, this one’s a winner…. YUMMY!!! 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Isn’t it? I love it.

  5. Barbara

    I must be living in a cave. I’ve never heard of Cocoa Nibs.

    1. bakedbree

      It is what they make chocolate from. They are sort of expensive, but worth a try. You can just snack on them too.

  6. Kristyn

    Bree! You are killing it with these yummy treats lately! First those heavenly vanilla bean rice krispie treats, and now this… Let’s just say that I’m a fan.

    1. bakedbree

      Just wait, it is only going to get worse! 🙂

  7. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats

    Yummy! I don’t usually go for popcorn, but if it’s caramelized, sign me up! This looks really good. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a recipe using dark corn syrup before, it’s interesting.

    1. bakedbree

      Really? That is what most pecan pie recipes call for.

  8. Tina

    I have a basic caramel corn recipe similar to this only it calls for baking soda at the end of the cooking time. What is the difference with or without baking soda to caramel corn?

    1. bakedbree

      It adds bubbles. Some call for it and some don’t.

  9. Alanna

    Hi! I found your site looking for a cacao nib caramel corn recipe after enjoying Prospect’s caramel corn yesterday. Your recipe looks fantastic and your photos are gorgeous! The vanilla bean sounds like a lovely touch. Looking forward to perusing your site at length. Cheers.

    1. bakedbree

      Welcome! Please look around and stay in touch!

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