These Popcorn Caramel Chews take just minutes to make and are a delicious, no-bake treat. They are great for the lunch box or for kids’ parties and celebrations. They are also a great treat to make with the kids (older kids can easily make these themselves).
½ cup coconut butter*
½ cup rice malt syrup, honey or maple syrup (you can reduce this to ¼ cup if you don’t have a sweet tooth)
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
Good pinch sea salt, optional
3 cups popcorn, plain or salted
Your choice of extra nourishment…
1 tablespoon chia seeds
¼ cup goji berries
¼ cup sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds (raw, toasted or dehydrated)
¼ cup flaked, slivered or chopped nuts (raw, toasted or dehydrated)
Top with freeze dried raspberry sprinkles for a party (pictured)
* the nuts and seeds you can add in whole or grind them.
Start by softening the coconut butter by standing the jar in hot water. Once it can be mixed with a spoon easily, add it to a bowl with your choice of sweetener and the vanilla. Mix with a metal spoon until combined and creamy.
Add the popcorn (and any extras) and fold it thorough the caramel. If it’s cold and the caramel is too thick to work through the popcorn, stand the mixing bowl in hot water for a few minutes. Divide between 18 mini patty cases. You can top with extras if you choose to. Put in the freezer for 30 minutes or so to set.
Store airtight in the freezer. They can be eaten from frozen or packed into a lunchbox with an ice-brick. The caramel will soften a little but it holds up a lot better than coconut oil-based raw treats.
Coconut butter is NOT the same as coconut oil or cacao butter and it’s NOT the cream off the canned coconut milk/cream – though it is sometimes also called ‘coconut cream’ or ‘creamed coconut’. Many health food stores and some supermarkets stock it.