Fat-free Caramel Corn Recipe - Delicious and Guilt-free Snack from the USA

Fat-free Caramel Corn

Fat-free Caramel Corn Recipe - Delicious and Guilt-free Snack from the USA
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 6


Fat-free Caramel Corn
Fat-free Caramel Corn

Fat-free caramel corn is a delicious and guilt-free treat that is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without all the added fats. This recipe combines the sweetness of caramel with the crunch of popcorn for a delightful snack that everyone will love.


Caramel corn has been a popular snack for many years, with its origins dating back to the late 19th century. Originally made with butter and sugar, this fat-free version provides a healthier alternative without sacrificing any of the flavor.


How to prepare

  1. Combine the above ingredients in a 2 qt (1.89 liter) saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar completely.
  2. Continue boiling and stirring until the syrup thickens and reaches the "hard-crack" stage. You can refer to the candy-making section of any comprehensive cookbook for a description and the recommended temperature on a candy thermometer.
  3. To determine if the syrup is ready, you can use my method: when the syrup "makes threads" when dropped off the tip of a spoon or when a drop allowed to fall into a cup of cool tap water forms a ball instantly.
  4. It takes practice to get the timing right. If you cook the syrup for too long, the coating will be granular. If you don't cook it long enough, it will be sticky.
  5. Once the syrup reaches the desired stage, remove it from the heat and immediately stir in 1 tsp of vanilla and 0.25 tsp of baking soda. The baking soda reacts with the acidity of the vinegar and makes the syrup light and foamy.
  6. Gradually pour the syrup over popped corn while stirring with a long-handled spoon to evenly distribute the coating. Alternatively, you can have someone else do the stirring or pouring.
  7. Please note that the syrup is very hot and can cause deep burns if it comes into contact with your skin. Be extremely careful!


  • Add a sprinkle of sea salt to the caramel corn for a sweet and salty flavor combination.
  • Mix in some nuts or dried fruit for added texture and flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to use a candy thermometer to ensure that the syrup reaches the correct temperature for the "hard-crack" stage.

- Stir the syrup constantly to prevent it from burning and to ensure that it coats the popcorn evenly.

- Allow the caramel corn to cool completely before serving to ensure that it hardens properly.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the fat-free caramel corn as a snack at parties or movie nights.

- Package the caramel corn in individual bags for a convenient on-the-go treat.

Cooking Techniques

Be sure to cook the syrup to the correct temperature to ensure that it hardens properly on the popcorn.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use white sugar instead of brown sugar for a slightly different flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

You can make the fat-free caramel corn ahead of time and store it in an airtight container for up to a week.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the caramel corn in a decorative bowl or package it in a cute container for gift-giving.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair the fat-free caramel corn with a glass of cold milk or a cup of hot tea for a delicious snack.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store the caramel corn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

- To reheat, place the caramel corn on a baking sheet and warm in the oven at 250°F (120°C) for 10-15 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

180 per serving


45g per serving


- Fat: 0g per serving


- Protein: 1g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This recipe is not a significant source of vitamins and minerals.


This recipe contains corn and may not be suitable for those with corn allergies.


This fat-free caramel corn is a low-calorie treat that is perfect for those looking to indulge in a sweet snack without all the added fats.


Fat-free caramel corn is a delicious and guilt-free treat that is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without all the added fats. This recipe is easy to make and is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of finding this recipe for the first time brings a smile to my face. It was a warm summer day, and I was rummaging through old cookbooks at a garage sale when I stumbled upon a tattered, handwritten recipe for Fat-free Caramel Corn. Intrigued by the unusual combination of flavors, I purchased the book and rushed home to give it a try.

I remember standing in my tiny kitchen, surrounded by the sweet aroma of melting caramel and popping corn. The instructions were simple enough, but I couldn't help but feel a sense of excitement as I followed each step carefully. As the corn kernels popped and the caramel bubbled, I knew I was onto something special.

The first batch of Fat-free Caramel Corn turned out perfectly. The kernels were coated in a sticky, golden caramel that hardened into a crunchy, irresistible treat. I couldn't believe that something so delicious could be made without a drop of oil or butter.

I shared the caramel corn with my family and friends, and it quickly became a favorite among them. They marveled at the fact that it was not only fat-free but also incredibly tasty. They begged me for the recipe, but I kept it close to my heart, savoring the secret that brought so much joy to those around me.

Over the years, I perfected the recipe, tweaking the ingredients and measurements to suit my taste. I added a pinch of salt for balance and a splash of vanilla for depth of flavor. I experimented with different types of corn kernels, from classic yellow to colorful rainbow, each lending its own unique texture and crunch to the final product.

As I continued to make Fat-free Caramel Corn, I thought about the person who had originally written down the recipe. I imagined them standing in their own kitchen, mixing together the same ingredients with the same care and attention to detail. I wondered what inspired them to create such a unique and delicious treat, and I felt a sense of gratitude for stumbling upon their creation.

I shared the recipe with anyone who asked, spreading the joy of Fat-free Caramel Corn far and wide. I taught my grandchildren how to make it, passing down the tradition to another generation. They, in turn, shared it with their friends and classmates, creating a ripple effect of caramel corn lovers across the community.

As I grew older, my love for cooking never wavered. I continued to experiment with new recipes and techniques, always seeking out the next culinary adventure. But no matter how many dishes I tried, Fat-free Caramel Corn remained a constant in my repertoire, a reminder of the simple joy that cooking can bring.

Now, as I sit in my kitchen surrounded by the familiar sights and smells of a lifetime of cooking, I can't help but feel grateful for that fateful day at the garage sale. It was there that I discovered the recipe for Fat-free Caramel Corn, a recipe that brought so much happiness and fulfillment into my life.

And as I take a bite of the crunchy, sweet treat, I am reminded once again of the power of a good recipe, and the joy that comes from sharing it with others. Cooking, after all, is not just about nourishing the body, but also nourishing the soul. And with each batch of Fat-free Caramel Corn I make, I am reminded of the love and care that goes into every dish I create.


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