One of my friends here in Japan gave me this recipe. It is sooooo good! I love caramel popcorn so this slightly healthier version is great. I made it even healthier by substituting pure maple syrup for the honey. I also did not put any sugar in the honey/maple syrup and reduce the oil and the sugar in the popcorn to just a sprinkling. I also added only a tsp. of butter. It was great and the maple syrup works really well. I also reduced the cinnamon and you can add some vanilla. Enjoy!
Honey Bun Popcorn
1/4 c. Honey
2 tsp cinnamon (I don't usually add this much, lately I've just left it out)
1 T butter
1/2 c. sugar: divided
1/4 c. unpopped popcorn (I add more)
1/4 c. oil (I think I use less)
Combine honey, cinnamon, butter and 1/4 c. sugar in saucepan. Bring to boil over med heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside. Pop popcorn in hot oil and remaining sugar in large pan with lid. (pop it over the stove.) (Our stir crazy popcorn poppers work better!) Remove from heat when the popping stops. Quickly pour in honey mixture and shake to mix well. (I just stirred the honey mixture into the bowl of popcorn with a spoon) Pour into bowl and stir. Cool. Makes 2 quarts.