Salted Caramel Popcorn Bars

SURPRISE! Rachel, you are having another baby!

Not that you need me to tell you that, but for those of you who don't know Rachel, from Rachel Cooks formally known as Not Rachel Ray... She's about to pop!

Since her blogging friends are spread out all over the world we can't really attend an actual baby shower for Rachel. So what better way to celebrate her newest addition, than a virtual shower?

Do you know how refreshing it is to see someone else is having a baby? YAY for once it's not ME! Don't get me wrong I miss some parts of pregnancy and of course the newborn days.

Wait. Did I really just say that out loud?

I'm pretty sure if you were to ask my husband if I enjoyed pregnancy or the newborn days, he'd ask if you were smoking crack. I'm pretty sure pregnancies were filled with endless weeks and months of morning sickness, back pains, heartburn, and of course labor. But then it's so worth it, all that crappyness is gone the second you see that tiny little baby. You would do it all over again.

Even during those newborn days filled with no sleep, getting the hang of nursing, or those first few diapers. You get those quiet moments when your baby sleeps on your chest, or when they give you those little gassy smiles in their sleep. It erases all the negatives. Having babies is just.... amazing. This is why I have 3! (And no there will NOT be a 4th!) 

Rachel is borderline obsessed with popcorn. The girl eats a lot of it. Naturally a bunch of us are sharing some popcorn recipes amongst some other great shower foods! 

These Salted Caramel Popcorn Bars are the perfect amount of sweet and salty. It's a basic caramel corn pressed into bar form and sprinkled with some coarsely ground sea salt.

They are so easy and fast to whip up. Mix it up and add in some chocolate, nuts, m&m's, get real crazy... and add in some pretzels?

Start to finish,  they take about 20 minutes to make and another 20 to harden. Not to shabby huh? I bet you all have the ingredients in your pantry to make them now!

Salted Caramel Popcorn Bars
(Recipe adapted from Taste Of Home)


4 Cups popped popcorn
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
2 tbs all purpose flour
1 tbs vanilla extract
1 tbs of coarsely ground sea salt


In sauce pan over medium heat add brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and flour. Bring to a boil whisking occasionally boil until it reaches 245 degrees on a candy thermometer (hard ball stage). Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.

In a large bowl add in popcorn and quickly toss with caramel sauce.  

Press into a parchment paper lined 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish. Press Popcorn in making sure it is tight before it hardens. 

Sprinkle with sea salt.

Allow to sit for atleast 20 minutes before cutting.  

Rachel, Congrats on your newest addition! I can't wait to see pictures. I wish you a fast and speedy delivery and a happy healthy baby boy. XOXO

To see what some of the other ladies are bringing to the shower check out the links below!

For savory treats:

Jamie from Thrifty Veggie Mama ~ Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Pesto Crostini
Kathryn from London Bakes ~ Mini Onion and Feta Pizzas
Kita from Pass the Sushi ~ Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Cream
Krista from Budget Gourmet Mom ~ Baby Blue Cheese Burgers
Mackenzie from Susie Freaking Homemaker ~ Cucumber Sandwiches
Marnely from Cooking with Books ~ Curried Salmon Phyllo Cups
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie ~ Cranberry Citrus Meatballs
Susan from 30A Eats ~ Southern Cheese Straws

For sweets:

 Amanda from Fake Ginger ~ Snickerdoodle Scones
Barbara from Creative-Culinary ~ Patchwork Baby Quilt Cake
Brandi from Bran Appetit ~ Bourbon Toffee Popcorn
Brandy from Nutmeg Nanny ~ S’mores Popcorn
Carrian from Oh Sweet Basil ~ Mini Blackberry Pies
Sommer from A Spicy Perspective ~Turtle Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake
Cassie from Bake Your Day ~ Caramel Cashew Popcorn Bars
Deborah from Taste and Tell ~ Blue Layered Jello
Donna from Cookistry ~ Walnut Streusel Coffee Cake
Erin from The Spiffy Cookie ~ Sweet Potato Pie Dip with Pie Crust Dippers
Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet ~ Dark Chocolate Cashew Brittle Cookies
Jennifer from Mother Thyme ~ Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Jessie from Bread & Butter ~ Primal Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Liz from The Lemon Bowl ~ Chewy Molasses Cookie Bars
Milisa from Miss in the Kitchen ~ White Chocolate Biscoff Muddy Buddies
Tara from Chip Chip Hooray ~ Itty Bitty Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies



  1. I love the salty goodness of this!! I have a major salt tooth and these would hit the spot perfectly. :-)

  2. Yay! Congrats to Rachel! Babies are so exciting! I'm due four days behind her and am totally loving all of today's treats! Love the popcorn bars!

  3. I'm glad someone can feel my "I hate pregnancy" pain. :) Thank you SO much for participating in this, Carrie. You are all so sweet and I'm just blown away by all the time put into this. Can't wait to tell baby boy all about it someday. xoxo! you want my address so you can ship these bars? ;)

  4. Mmm mm! I do enjoy popcorn smooshed into a bar shape...much easier to munch on! Great treat for the shower. :)

  5. Ooooo, what a perfect little snack! I could nibble these all day long!

  6. These look awesome! I love all the popcorn that everyone brought. I'm sure Rachel is happy to have a few new and delicious recipes! Thank you for joining in on the party!!!

  7. I might have just drooled a little. You had me at salted caramel!

  8. Yeah, I could probably eat ten of those

  9. I LOVE this idea. Salted caramel is one of my fave flavors EVER, and popcorn bars are so fun!

  10. Over the top! Rachel will love these! : D

  11. "Are you smoking crack?" My husband would say the same thing! I do not miss pregnancy, or even the newborn days, but maybe because I think my 2 year old is so much more fun than any of that early stuff. I love hearing what is in her tiny brain, the best stuff in my entire life are in those little words :)
    ANYWAY, Congrats to Rachel! And I love these bars, perfect road trip snack :)

  12. Wow, these are insane! What a great idea. These are a must try. :)

  13. There is some serious popcorn lovin goin on today and I am NOT complaining one bit. I could eat it daily...and guess who else can? Rachel. :)

  14. These sound FABULOUS. Maybe I can make them work with my super not-popcorn-popcorn :)

  15. This is my kind of food... I'm just itchin' to be done with not eating sugar to make these :) Hello post-Turkey Day snacking!

  16. What a perfect way to eat popcorn - I hate grabbing a handful and losing half back into the bowl. Great idea!

  17. You guys are killing me with the ooey gooey popcorn recipes!

  18. Yummy! These look insanely delcious and what a fun, fun baby shower! Too cute!

  19. I'm totally in love with all of these popcorn recipes especially as this one also contains salted caramel. So delicious.

  20. The popcorns are killing me...I want them ALL!

  21. I'm pretty sure I'm pregnant... yeah.. umm... why YES, YES, I am! (You'll totally send me a box of these if I'm preggers, right?)

  22. My mouth is watering looking at these Carrie! YUM!

  23. Im always against one word comments, especially those that are just yummy or Mmmm. but seriously....Want. That is all I can think of while I'm eyeing up this post. Want.

  24. Popcorn bars! How clever. I am saving this for school parties, so perfect!

  25. These look SO good! I love anything with salted caramel and am guessing that I could eat quite a few of these!

  26. Wow, those look great. Not just for a shower, but they'd be a great snack to bring along when I'm out running errands.

  27. Awesome portable idea, these would be great for a party. Oh wait, it IS a party! Woot!

  28. Yum! I love these popcorn bars. I've never thought to make them in the bar form.

  29. Swoon! Popcorn bars - yum! Love this idea!