Sesame Caramel Corn Recipe

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Mia Foster Modified: March 24, 2022
Sesame Caramel Corn Recipe

How To Make Sesame Caramel Corn

Natural sweeteners are used for this vegan caramel corn. Sesame seeds, tahini, and vanilla extract add an extra oomph to this recipe.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



For Popcorn:

  • cuppopcorn kernels
  • 1tbspcoconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil

For Tahini Caramel:

  • ½cupreal maple syrup
  • 3tbsptahini
  • tspvanilla extract
  • ¼tspfine sea salt
  • ¼tspcinnamon,plus more for sprinkling
  • 2tbspsesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.


  1. First, place a large mixing bowl near the stove. Pour the oil into a large, heavy-bottomed pan with a lid. Turn the heat up to medium, add 2 kernels of corn, and cover.

  2. Once the kernels pop, remove the lid and pour in the remaining popcorn kernels. Cover the pot and give the pot a little shimmy to distribute the kernels evenly.

  3. Cook over medium heat, shaking the pot occasionally. Crack the lid just a smidge so the popcorn stays crisp, and cook until the popping sound slows to about one pop per every few seconds.

  4. Remove the pan from heat and dump the popcorn your bowl, taking care not to pour in any unpopped kernels at the bottom of the pot. If necessary, pick out any unpopped kernels that made it into the bowl with a spoon.

Tahini Caramel:

  1. In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the maple syrup to a boil over medium heat. Keep a watchful eye on the syrup and continue boiling for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, reducing heat only if necessary to prevent overflow.

  2. Remove the pot from heat. Add the tahini, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon to the pot of maple syrup. Whisk until well blended, then drizzle the maple mixture over the popcorn.

  3. Gently toss with a rubber spatula or big spoon until well mixed. Pour the popcorn onto the parchment-covered baking sheet and arrange it in a single layer. Evenly sprinkle sesame seeds over the popcorn.

  4. Bake the popcorn for 6 minutes, then rotate the pan and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and salt, to taste.

  5. The popcorn will continue to crisp up as it cools. Once it’s cool, break the popcorn into pieces (or leave them in chunks!) and serve.

  6. This popcorn stays crisp for up to 3 days in an air-tight container.


  • Calories: 177.90kcal
  • Fat: 8.09g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.78g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.29g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.63g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.04g
  • Fiber: 1.96g
  • Sugar: 16.11g
  • Protein: 2.55g
  • Sodium: 108.93mg
  • Calcium: 89.57mg
  • Potassium: 121.05mg
  • Iron: 1.35mg
  • Vitamin A: 0.24µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.00mg
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