Brown Sugar/Unrefined Sugar Popcorn (Vegan, Healthier Popcorn in 10 MINUTES)





In 10 minutes. And yes, it includes caramelization time.


Of course I had to make it healthier. White sugar? PPPhhhffff… please use brown! Do yourself and your friends more good!

I always feel guilty serving people unhealthy stuff (bakes laden in butter and tons of white sugar) –hence these healthy recipes I made. And I will admit it. Its not easy. Butter and sugar simply makes anything taste good. No matter how much you put.

Even popcorn. But not THIS popcorn, which is absolutely delicious without any of those.


Its so beautiful! Watching those unattractive teeney weeney hard-assed corn kernels explode into gorgeous fellas made the highlight of my day. (on the other hand, since I’m studying, anything I’m doing besides that is a ‘highlight‘)


So I want you to enjoy it with me! Its SOO easy! And much cheaper than buying those from shops and carnivals (my mum absolutely hates the ‘c’ word. She thinks it makes us sound crass. But what the heck, I love ‘c’heap stuff! :D). Most importantly, HEALTHIER!




Brown/Unrefined Sugar  Popcorn

No. of servings: Enough for 3 to share! (or 4)

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  • 3 tbsp unpopped corn kernels
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt



In a deep and heavy pot (that comes with a heavy lid), pour in the oil and shake the pot till it forms an even surface on the pot. Spread the corn kernels in a single surface on the oil (you can sprinkle them into the pot than shake it to form the single surface). Sprinke on the salt.

Cover the pot with its lid. Heat over high heat. Popping will begin soon. Keep shaking when popping is vigorous to prevent burning. When popping slows down, turn off the heat and do not remove the lid. Wait for popping to stop completely before removing the lid and transferring to the popcorn to a large metal bowl.




1/4 cup brown sugar/ coconut sugar / Sucanat/ black sugar (Yes, all work!)



Over medium heat in a non-stick pan, add brown sugar/ coconut sugar/ Sucanat and stir till it dissolves completely. Then turn up the heat to high and stir till the syrup boils. Add in the popcorn and stir vigorously to get all the popcorn caramellised. When evenly mixed, remove the caramellised popcorn and transfer back into the metal bowl to cool.

Optional step: Sprinkle 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tsp cinnamon and mix with popcorn.




Tell me: Do you ever feel guilty serving other unhealthy stuff like I do??

I always feel guilty. Its not a good feeling! 😦

++ Any more popcorn ideas for me? I have so much more to pop! (Bought about 500g!)


Submitted to Diet, Dessert, and Dogs’ Wellness Weekends!!! Thanks for organising, Ricki!!!! :D


29 Responses to “Brown Sugar/Unrefined Sugar Popcorn (Vegan, Healthier Popcorn in 10 MINUTES)”
  1. My sister goes absolutely nuts for sweets and popcorn. I can definitely make her this someday when I aggravates her. Which is very frequently, lol. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  2. Scott says:

    This looks so good! And healthy, there isn’t that much sugar and it is so simple! Much better than a lot of sweet snacks 🙂

  3. OMG! Girl, I just fell in love with your blog 🙂 thanks for leaving a comment on mine! The popcorn looks absolutely crispy, crunchy, awesome ❤ perfect

    xoxo Mel

  4. this looks AMAZING!!!!!
    i totally need to try this asap–i hate eating my popcorn naked!
    and btw, i didn’t get your email from last week.. 😦

    • qiting93 says:

      Uggh I think there something wrong with my mail! Sorry!!! I wanted to guest post on your blog! Shall send it again! 😀 PS: I hate eating naked popcorn too!!!

  5. carineattan says:

    These popcorn look so much like those store bought ones — you know those in big transparent container about $12 each. I like making popcorn, however I always feel lazy to make the caramel sauce .. so I usually just spray mine with spam and add some seasoning to it. I kinda prefer salty ones 😉

  6. Kiah says:

    This popcorn is so…classy. I’d feel very proud to serve it to my friends 🙂

  7. This is seriously one of my favorite kinds of things to eat… sugary popcorn with a hint of salt…I die 🙂 Thank you for the recipe!

  8. caloricandcrazy says:

    Caramelizing with brown sugar? What a great idea 🙂

  9. Tara says:

    I LOVE POPCORN. Oh my gosh this sounds so good. I like coating popcorn with peanut flour if you have that. It tastes so good that way!
    I’m not too concerned with serving unhealthy things, as long as it’s made with quality ingredients. If it’s weird crazy ingredients lists, I kind of feel bad because I know I would never eat that myself.

  10. Ricki says:

    Thanks so much for submitting this to Wellness Weekend. It does look amazing! But I’m so sorry, brown sugar is actually refined sugar! It’s just white sugar with a little molasses added back in (in other words, believe it or not, it’s no healthier than white sugar). Totally my fault as I forgot to mention this on the post guidelines! I would love to keep the recipe as I think it’s terrific–would you be able to add an alternative such as Sucanat or coconut sugar so that the recipe would be consistent with the WW guidelines? Sorry for the confusion!

    • qiting93 says:

      Sure! Thanks Ricki! 😀 And double thanks for the info! I always thought brown sugar was healthy! I’ve had black sugar too (not sure whether that’s healthier?) which I though was healthy. Turns out I’m wrong! Now gotta get some Sucanat! 😀 Good thing coconut sugar is easy to find in Singapore!! 😀

      • Ricki says:

        Thanks so much for making the switch (and apologies again!). “Real” brown sugar (what is now called Sucanat) is healthier because it retains all the original molasses, vitamins and minerals from the sugar cane juice, but these days, brown sugar isn’t what it used to be, sadly. I’m so glad you can get those other sugars there–I LOVE coconut sugar and find it has a lovely flavor. I am soooooo making that popcorn! 🙂

  11. I feel the guilt too 😦
    But this really does look incredible!
    I’m so glad I came across your blog today.. It’s such a great layout and you have awesome content! Love your ideas 😀

  12. I think I need to make this REALLY soon!!! 😀

  13. Jill says:

    Looks delicioius! I want to make this with my little ones (aka mega poppycorn lovers) this weekend. 🙂

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