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Salted “Caramel” Popcorn Squares

These Salted “Caramel” Popcorn Squares are a must for any popcorn and salted caramel aficionado. Quick to make and processed sugar-free (fructose-free) plus unlike microwave popcorn, corn popped this way is fat-free and does not contain toxic chemicals.

Salted Caramel Popcorn Squares

Fact: we love popcorn! Fact: Microwave popcorn can contain almost 50 different chemicals like artificial flavourings, ink and glue (read more here)! Yuck. 

But when prepared right, popcorn makes for a nutritious, fibre-rich snack option that’s much better for you than potato chips, savoury biscuits – especially those additive-laden flavoured varieties, or pretzels. And this is where the Kambrook Little Chefs Popcorn Maker comes in.

Kambrook Popcorn Maker

The Butter Flutter popcorn maker is easy to operate – even for kids though parental supervision is advised for younger kids as the inner bowl can get hot. It pops corn to perfection with no need for fat and little waste or burnt kernels. And it’s a breeze to clean too – just give it a wipe once it’s cool. For your chance to win one, see the giveaway section below! It comes with a recipe booklet, but since most of the sweet suggestions contain plenty of sugar, I have decided to make my own sugar-free popcorn snack. Inspired by every kid’s favourite the Rice Krispies and adapted from Dreena Burton’s Nicer Rice Krispies recipe (included along 36+ other sugar-free treats in Guilt-Free Desserts).

Trust me, these Salted “Caramel” Popcorn Squares have a great chance of becoming your family’s new lunchbox or snack-time favourite.

Salted Caramel Popcorn Squares

Salted Caramel Popcorn Squares
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Salted "Caramel" Popcorn Squares

These Salted "Caramel" Popcorn Squares are a great sugar-free treat for kids and grown ups alike. Perfect as an afternoon tea or lunch box treat. Sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan. Inspired by a this recipe. Makes 8 squares.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1/2 cup macadamia nut butter
  • 1/ 2 cup rice malt syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 4 cups cups popped corn kernels made from popping about 1/4 cup popping corn kernels


  • Line a loaf tin with some waxed baking paper.
  • Place macadamia nut butter, rice malt syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt in a large saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, until the mixture begins to "melt".
  • Remove pan from heat and add popped corn. Mix well until popcorn is covered with the "caramel".
  • Transfer the mixture into the paper-lined loaf tin and press down into the corners with a spoon. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes for the mixture to cool.
  • When set, remove from the fridge and slice into squares or bars. Serve or store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
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Giveaway: Kambrook Little Chefs Butter Flutter Popcorn Maker (CLOSED)

How to Enter: 1) Leave a comment on this post, telling me what popcorn treat / flavour you would make first. 2) Register your entry via Rafflecopter below. Bonus Entries: You can earn bonus points for 1) subscribing via email or being an existing subscriber; 2) plus earn daily entries by sharing this post on social media.

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Terms: The prize is 1 Kambrook Little Chefs Butter Flutter Popcorn Maker. Giveaway is open to readers with an Australian postal address. Entries close 11:59pm Sydney time on Sunday 19th May. The prize is provided courtesy of Kambrook and valued at A$34.95. Winner will be announced on this post and contacted via email on Monday 20th May.


Alex May 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

As far as I am concerned you cannot go past just plain popcorn – no flavouring at ALL. Absolutely love it. I suppose if you must, then some butter or salt is the way to go.

Lisa Spinelli May 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

hmmm would LOVE one of these popcorn makers. so going to go with some salty chili concoction as my first popcorn flavour. followed afterwards by your salted caramel squares. mmmm…popcorn!

Michelle V May 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Buttered popcorn to have with our family movie night

Cathy May 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

If I had a Kambrook Popcorn maker I would add a few nuts and toss the popcorn and nuts in melted dark chocolate. I used to love the dark chocolate Moose Munch from Harry & David, and with healthy popcorn from the Kambrook, it would be easy to make a “clean” version of my former favorite snack. Yum!

Stephanie Veljanovska May 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I just Found a Recipe for Peanut Butter Popcorn that sounds Delicious!

Tracey May 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I’d make Chocolate Sheep! They’re just like making chocolate spiders except you use popcorn instead of fried noodles… Yum!

Cathy B*****y May 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

actually love a combination of vanilla, sea salt, and cinnamon! with a dash of coconut oil!

Narelle Rock May 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I would love to make caramel popcorn!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I keep telling myself I need a new popcorn maker. This one looks like just what I need. Those caramel popcorn squares are calling me.

Monyque May 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Peppery sugary salty Kettle corn babbbyyyy! Then some chocolate dripped crushed cashew popcorn balls.

Ashley May 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I would go with the caramel flavour first. I have always loved caramel pop corn!

Patricia May 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I would make popcorn with grated Parmesan cheese mixed through

Alison Wilson May 10, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I love caramel, I’d go with the caramel squares!

Rox RocksBabe May 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Caramel Popcorn with crushed nuts and 100’s and 1000’s mixed through it!

Lesleigh May 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I love the good old fashioned original butter salt flavour so that will be my first tasty treat

Rebecca May 10, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Oh definitely your Salted “Caramel” Popcorn Squares would be my first choice! :)

kleinworthco May 11, 2013 at 12:33 am

How fun!! I have an obsession with marshmallow popcorn. I would do that first.

Isabella Defesche May 11, 2013 at 1:26 am

Making these…now! (I’m also a subscriber ;])

essentjewels May 11, 2013 at 8:43 am

These look fantastic!

Kendell Marjanovic May 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Looks Awesome and Yummy :)

Popcorn Flavour

Amanda May 12, 2013 at 7:12 am

Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Popcorn slice – I once bought it at a fete and have never been able to successfully remake!

Donna May 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

im an ol fashion plain with salt person.. right now I make my popcorn on the stove in a pan with a little bit if coconut butter…. mmmm!

Melissa Jones May 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Peanut Butter Popcorn! All of my families love peanut butter flavour.

Lynne May 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I would certainly make this recipe. Yum!

ROBYN LITTLE May 15, 2013 at 11:35 pm

I absolutely LOVE caramel popcorn, so a sugar-free version looks and sounds very appealing. i would make a caramel version with the inclusion of salted nuts (preference macadamia) with a hint of honey.

Jeannie May 16, 2013 at 7:28 am

There are so many awesome popcorn recipes I would have trouble just picking one but I do absolutely LOVE salted caramel popcorn so I would probably have to go with that one. Your sugar free version makes it a more often treat than just a special treat.

jenny @ hello great health May 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

i love making popcorn. it’s just a great snack for everyone’s lunchbox. i think i would make your caramel popcorn squares first Martyna, they look delicious. in fact i’m planning to make some this weekend anyway.

Stephanie May 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

We are BIG fans of any type of popcorn in this house but my, otherwise rather fussy, daughter is a massive fan of popcorn with crumbled kale chips on top so I think I would make up a big batch of that first. Although I just made your above recipe and it is DELISH so it would be a hard decision as to which would be made first.

Alyssa May 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Is there anything i can use to substitute the macadamia nut butter, my son is allergic to nuts. Thanks

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook May 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

Hi Alyssa, apologies for the late reply. Can he have sesame? You could try using tahini (raw sesame paste).

Kasey May 17, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Cinnamon and Salt popcorn is where it is at!

karolina pawlowski May 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Mmmm I would make a big bowl of ghee, dulse flakes, sesame seed and pink salt popcorn. Sounds wierd but I love ghee to help digestion and adding dulse flakes and sesame seeds some extra nutrition. Im always looking for ways to mmaximize nutrition into every meal. My 6 yr old is none the wiser :)

erika May 29, 2013 at 2:35 am

Wow these look absolutely amazing!! I love popcorn and I love rice krispie treats–this looks like a perfect meld of the two :) I saw in the comments that you can substitute tahini for the macadamia nut butter which is perfect since I have tahini on hand, but do you think you can substitute honey or maple syrup for the rice malt syrup? Or brown rice syrup?


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Christine March 17, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Are there any other suggestions to macadamia nut butter as I cannot find it anywhere!!

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook March 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Hi Christine, it’s tricky to find macadamia nut butter but the good news is it is much easier and cheaper to make it yourself at home. Here is the recipe: https://wholesome-cook.com/2013/06/03/chocolate-macadamia-nut-butter-spread-plus-6-other-macadamia-recipes/

Anna J March 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Wow! The “caramel” tastes delicious. I’ve been licking the bowl clean. The slice is in the fridge cooling, can’t wait to try the finished product. I made my own cashew nut butter with salted roasted cashews, cause that’s what I had in the cupboard. I had exactly 4 cups of home popped popcorn left over from my son’s party yesterday. Next I want to try it with peanut butter. Yum!

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook March 31, 2014 at 6:36 pm

I’m slightly bit jealous right now! Enjoy :-)

Anna J April 28, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Just made another batch of these, this time with freshly popped corn, 1/4 cup macadamia butter, 1/4 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup raw organic honey, vanilla and Murray River salt flakes. I think they’ll be a hit in the lunch boxes tomorrow, if I don’t eat them all tonight!
I made the macadamia butter from freshly shelled macadamia nuts given to me by a friend with a macadamia tree. I’ve only managed to shell enough to make a small amount of butter so far. Need to find an easier way to crack these hard little nuts!

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook April 29, 2014 at 9:27 am

Hi Anna, you are so blessed to have fresh macadamia nuts (and a good friend). Check out your local grocer or kitchenware store for special macadamia nut crackers, designed specifically to crack the hard shell. Your adaptation sounds scrumptious. Feel free to post a pic on instagram tagging #wholesomecook so that I can share your creation.


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