Gluten-Free, Vegan Butterscotch Popcorn


It’s Friday night and that means date night. But after a long week and with the mid-winter chill outside, a movie night on the couch is perfect!

And who could watch a movie without popcorn! Popcorn and movies go together like Bonnie & Clyde, whiskey & coke, even peanut butter and jelly.

Now we’re not talking about the over-salted, slightly stale popcorn from the concession stand. We’re talking about taking a humble bag of popcorn and turning it up to 11!

Sweet and salty. Crunchy and sugar-coated. A delicious holiday sweet treat to enjoy with your favorite Christmas movie.

We definitely have ones we watch every year like Christmas Vacation, A Muppets’ Christmas Carol, Elf, and Christmas with the Kranks.

Tonight’s movie: Die Hard




  • 6-8 cups popped lightly salted popcorn
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter substitute
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup vegan butterscotch chips (like Lieber’s)

*For a non-vegan version, simply substitute the butter and butterscotch chips (like Hershey's Chipits) with their non-vegan counterparts.


  1. Prepare popcorn according to directions on package.
  2. In the meantime, line a baking sheets with parchment paper and combine sugars and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  3. Melt butter substitute in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring continuously until butter browns.
  4. Toss popped popcorn and butter substitute in a large bowl then sift sugar mixture over popcorn.
  5. Spread popcorn on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Melt butterscotch chips in microwave-safe bowl on power 7 in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until the chips have completely melted and the batter is smooth.
  7. Drizzle over popcorn and allow butterscotch to set.
  8. Transfer to a large bowl, breaking apart any large chunks, and enjoy!