Spooky Popcorn Clusters: Halloween Treats

This recipe is made using Lyle’s Golden Syrup.
Spooky Popcorn Clusters: Halloween Treats

Spooky Popcorn Clusters: Halloween Treats. Hello friends, so how are you today?

How fun are these Spooky Popcorn Clusters?

With Halloween just around the corner, why not try out these spooky popcorn clusters out with the children? Delicious and with a pleasing treacly bitterness.

Spooky Popcorn Clusters: Halloween Treats

Spooky Popcorn Clusters: Halloween Treats

Makes: about 24

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

How To Make Spooky Popcorn Clusters:

You Will Need:

1 x 100g (4oz) bag microwave sweet popcorn

185g (6½oz) unsalted butter

110g (4oz) Lyle’s Black Treacle

275g (10oz) Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Light Soft Brown Sugar

2 heaped tbsp Halloween sprinkles

You will also need a sugar thermometer and 2 baking trays lined with parchment paper.

What To Do:

1.) Microwave the popcorn according to the pack instructions, discard any un-popped kernals, then have it ready in a heatproof bowl.

2.) Combine the butter, Lyle’s Black Treacle and Tate & Lyle Light Soft Brown Sugar in a large heavy-based pan and stir constantly over a low heat with a wooden spoon for about 10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.

3.) Bring to the boil without stirring, otherwise the sugar may crystallise, until the mixture reaches 149°-154°C, (300°-310°F) or the hard-crack stage. It will take about 10-12 minutes. If you don’t have a thermometer you can check it is ready by dropping a teaspoon of the mixture into a bowl of cold water. It should harden instantly and, when removed, be brittle and easy to break. If not, carry on boiling it.

4.) Carefully pour the treacle caramel over the popcorn, scatter over the Halloween sprinkles and, using two large spoons, very quickly stir everything together before the caramel cools and sets. Spoon into clusters onto the baking trays and leave to cool and harden.

Do Ahead:

Make the popcorn clusters up to 1 week ahead and store in an airtight lidded container.


Do keep children well away when you’re making the caramel as it can cause nasty burns.

Spooky Popcorn Clusters: Halloween Treats

Spooky Popcorn Clusters: Halloween Treats:

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Spooky Popcorn Clusters: Halloween Treats.

This recipe is made using Lyle’s Golden Syrup, for more delicious recipes visit Lyles Golden Syrup. 

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  1. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    3rd October 2016 / 12:45 pm

    These are adorable!

  2. Christine Graves
    20th October 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Looks good, going to have to try these!

  3. Dee | Grammy's Grid
    30th September 2019 / 9:45 am

    YUM!! Thanks so much for linking up at #AThemedLinkup 2 for All Things Halloween. Shared.

  4. 30th September 2019 / 3:13 pm

    Looks good. visiting you from the grammy’s grid halloween link up. laurensparks.net

  5. Cathy Kennedy
    4th October 2019 / 12:26 pm


    The popcorn almost looks like it’s covered in chocolate but you said it’s caramel, right? I like making all home-made caramel corn but it’s not dark like this. Is it the Lyle’s Black Treacle that gives your caramel corn it’s dark color? I just looked the product up on Google to learn that this is basically the equivalent to what we know as molasses in the USA. If that’s the case, then I’m not sure that I’d care too much for the flavor in caramel corn but in cookies, yep that might be a real winner. Very cool idea, though. Thanks for the share with Friendship Friday! 😉

  6. 5th October 2019 / 4:15 pm

    This looks spookulicious X #pocolo

  7. Roseann Hampton
    6th October 2019 / 10:44 pm

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! This will be my feature on this Thursday’s party!

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