caramel butterbeer popcorn

Butterbeer Popcorn

Add a magical twist to your caramel popcorn by making it butterbeer flavored! The perfect treat for watching the Harry Potter movies with loved ones.
Course Dessert, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword butterbeer, butterbeer recipe, candy popcorn, caramel popcorn, caramel popcorn balls, harry potter butterbeer, harry potter food, popcorn
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 577kcal
Author Ashlee Marie


Butterbeer Popcorn

  • 1 C butter
  • 2 1/2 C packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C light corn syrup
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp rum extract
  • 1 - 1 1/2 C Popcorn kernels popped 2-3 batches in the air popper less will be messier, and gooier, but I like it, more for a looser caramel popcorn

Butterbeer "foam" topping

  • 6 oz white chocolate chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Cream
  • 1 Tbsp butterbeer popcorn mixture (from above)
  • white food dye


  • Bring the butter, sugar, salt and corn syrup to a boil - keep bubbling over med heat until it hits the softball stage (240 degrees - use a candy thermometer and adjust for your altitude)
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk and boil 1 more min - let it cool a few mins so it doesn't shrink the popcorn.
  • add the vanilla, apple cider vinegar and rum extract and stir
  • pour out 1 Tbsp to use in the topping - then depending on which style of popcorn you are making add the sauce to the popcorn and stir

Butterbeer "foam" topping

  • add the heavy cream to the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat - I use the "melt chocolate button" but you can always heat for 1 min at 60% power, stir and add 30 seconds more until its melted
  • add the 1 Tbsp held over from the popcorn sauce and stir
  • add a few drops of white food dye and stir
  • pour this white chocolate mixture into a piping bag to easily top the popcorn

popcorn balls

  • I do 1 - 1 1/2 batches of air popped popcorn (13+ cups) for this to keep them gooier and sticking together
  • spread the popcorn out and let it start too cool
  • spray your hands with non stick spray and portion it out into 8 sections and ball up.
  • Continue to check back and ball and turn until they cool enough that they stay in their ball forms
  • add the topping, let set and serve!

gooey caramel popcorn

  • I do 2-3 batches of air popped popcorn for this - 2 batches is still fairly gooey, 3 is better for sharing
  • add the topping and serve immediately

crunchy caramel popcorn

  • I go for the full 3 batches of air popped popcorn for this
  • stir and evenly coat the popcorn as best you can
  • preheat your oven to 250 - spread it out in a pan and place in the oven and bake for like 25-30 mins, stirring occasionally
  • let cool on counter slightly and add the white chocolate topping. Let set completely and break apart



Calories: 577kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 85g | Vitamin A: 561IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg