Sweet & Spicy Popcorn

Sweet & Spicy Popcorn / @loveandlemons

Hello everyone, Jack here pinch-hitting for Jeanine. She’s been busy making this very popcorn, so she asked me to write about it.

Popcorn this time of year makes me think of something that has become a bit of an American tradition – gigantic multi-gallon tins of flavored popcorn. You know the kind – they’re the size of an oil drum, separated into three sections on the inside with a literal ton of popcorn inside. It seems like a good idea – popcorn is cheap, so why not preserve it in a sticky, sugary shell to enjoy over the entire month of December? Well the reality is that I usually eat nearly half of it the first day, feel terrible, and then eventually throw out what’s left in February.

Sweet & Spicy Popcorn / @loveandlemons Sweet & Spicy Popcorn / @loveandlemons

So naturally, Jeanine made her version a little bit healthier, but I can promise you that it’s every bit as addictive. It goes the sweet and spicy route, because why not? It’s sweetened with maple syrup and spiced with cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne. It makes a great gift – that is, if you can keep from eating handfuls of it before packing up. (Sorry, Jeanine).

Sweet & Spicy Popcorn / @loveandlemons

Sweet & Spicy Popcorn
 
Ingredients
  • 8 to 10 cups plain popped popcorn
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the sunflower oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Place the popped popcorn into a 9x13-inch baking pan and pour the spiced mixture over the popcorn. Sprinkle with salt and stir to combine. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool completely at room temperature, then transfer to airtight containers.

 


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16 comments

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      yep, it’s super easy!

  1. brigette on said:

    Hi, looks so yummy, how long will it keep for gifts?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      up to about 2 weeks in an airtight container…

  2. A slightly granola-esque approach to popcorn. Might sub the cayenne with crushed Sichuan peppercorns for an electric edge.

  3. Alex from acapitolcontessa.com on said:

    This looks so great – I don’t have sunflower oil and probably wont be able to get some in time to gift this. Would grapeseed or hazelnut work just as well?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Yep, you could use grapeseed oil 🙂

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  5. Allyson from consideringtheradish.wordpress.com on said:

    This looks like it would make a fantastic gift, and I love the packaging. I’m not usually a caramel corn type of person, but the spice might sell it for me.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Me either – this is pretty lightly sweetened…

  6. Shoshana on said:

    Hi, I definitely want to try this for gifts this year…Could I sub the sunflower oil for coconut? Thanks

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Yep – it’ll have a bit of a coconut flavor (which I think would be just fine – assuming you like coconut!)

      • Shoshana on said:

        Thanks 🙂

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  8. Eden Passante from sugarandcharm.com on said:

    Such a charming way to give holiday gifts this year! This looks so great!

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