Price Check Experiment | Homemade Caramel Popcorn vs. Kernels Caramel Popcorn

Price Check Experiment | Homemade Caramel Popcorn vs. Kernels Caramel Popcorn

Over the weekend I made caramel popcorn for the potluck on Saturday night. I love popcorn and been having salt craving these days so I debated on purchasing Kernels Popcorn. I was completely floored when I stopped in at Kernels Popcorn to grab a quick healthy snack while doing some Christmas shopping.

A small bag of caramel popcorn ranged in price from $6.99 to $15.99. That same amount, I can make at home would cost me pennies a bag. To say I was disappointed was an understatement. I didn’t purchase the any popcorn and walked away. Some people may argue the time involved, staffing, and convenience justifies the purchase.

For those people that do agree, I have only two words to say, “Wake up, a bag of 1 kg of popping corn costs $1.77. That will give you 29 small bags of popcorn which would equal $0.06 and not $6.99/ bag. Now I haven’t included the caramel but I’ll do that too!

To make the popcorn – Place two heaping tablespoons of popping corn in a brown paper bag and pop the corn in your microwave for 2 minutes. This should give you one bag equal to a small bag of Kernels Popcorn. Now the caramel and cost breakdown:

Price Check Experiment

Cost of Grocery Alerts for 1 Small bag of Caramel Popcorn = $1.58

Cost of Kernel Popcorn for 1 Small bag of Caramel Popcorn = $6.99

  • 1 kg /approx 58 tbsp of popping corn = 29 bags of popped popcorn. $1.77 or $0.06/bag
  • 1 kg of brown sugar = 5 cups of brown sugar. $3.25 or $0.65/bag
  • 1 lb of butter =  2 cups of butter. $3.49 or $0.87/bag

Total: Popping corn $0.06 + 1 cup brown sugar $0.65 + 1/2 cup butter $0.87 = $1.58/bag of caramel popcorn.

Price Check Experiment | Homemade Caramel Popcorn vs. Kernels Caramel Popcorn
Recipe Type: Snack – Treat
Author: Lina Zussino
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
  • 4 small brown paper bags of popped popcorn
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence (optional)
  1. In small saucepan, combine sugar, and butter, over high heat and bring to boil.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. In a large mixing bowl coat popcorn caramel sauce evenly.
  4. Place caramel corn onto a large baking sheet and arrange popcorn in a single layer.
  5. Bake at 350°F in oven for 7-10 minutes.
  6. Allow the popcorn to cool and place in a storage container.


Steven Zussino

Steven Zussino is the co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. He loves to help Canadians save money on groceries. He also runs the blog,