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Clean Toffee Popcorn

We're using date syrup to create the sticky toffee-like texture.

Inspired by the decadent flavors of a traditional sticky pudding, this popcorn is ideal for caramel corn lovers. Even better, it's clean with only natural sugar, making it a snack (or dessert) you can enjoy guilt-free. The date syrup mimics the same rich, caramelized, sugary flavors of toffee while coating the fluffy popcorn kernels with a chewy, crackly sheen.

Pro tip: Make several batches and give away as sweet homemade holiday gifts this season.

Makes 2 servings


2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 cup date syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt

How to Make It

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Once melted, add the popcorn kernels and cover the pot. Pop the popcorn, shaking the pot occasionally so the kernels don't burn, until you hear 1 to 2 seconds between pops. Transfer the popcorn into a large bowl.
  3. Immediately pour the date syrup and vanilla extract over the popcorn, add the salt, and toss to combine. Let cool slightly before eating.

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