Sweet Curry Brown Sugar Popcorn

Popcorn in a brown sugar-curry coating makes a sweet, spicy snack. Gluten & dairy free & vegan. Unique 10-minute treat for parties or your next movie night.

Since starting this blog a couple months ago (feels more like a year ago), I’ve “met” some of the nicest people and have received the most encouraging feedback. I honestly thought my mom would be our only reader for the first few months (hi Mom), so the idea that people are actually reading and commenting, and tweeting (lord knows that was quite the learning curve for me) has made me feel just so welcomed.

One of the first people to reach out to me the week we launched the site was Kate from the blog Cookie + Kate. I’ve been following her ever since and recently she launched this really great project called The Food Matters Project where a group of people all cook through Mark Bittman’s The Food Matters Cookbook together. Each week someone chooses a recipe, everyone creates their take and then posts it on the same day.

True to form, I put off my “homework” until the night before, so late last night Jack and I went to popcorn town… which turned out to be a super fun family activity. Jack did the popping, we mixed and matched a variety of toppings. We scorched a few pans, made a little mess… and the dogs did their part by taking care of the pieces that fell all over the floor.

In the end the version we liked most (and burnt the least of), was a curry and brown sugar combo. A salty, sweet, spicy, Indian-flavored treat.

For all the popcorn that was flying around last night, somehow this morning when I went to photograph it, this was about all that was left.

Sweet curry brown sugar popcorn

Serves: makes 1 big bowl
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup popping corn
  • 2 tablespoons earth balance butter (or regular butter)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon curry powder
  • pinch of cayenne
  • salt
  1. Put the oil in a large, deep pan with a lid. Turn the heat up to medium, add 2 kernels of corn, and cover.
  2. When the kernels pop, remove the lid and pour in the remaining popcorn kernels. Cover and shake the pot, holding the lid on. Cook over medium heat, shaking the pot occasionally, until the popping sound stops after about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile melt the butter and stir the brown sugar into it. (this helps the brown sugar stick to the popcorn).
  4. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl, drizzle on the melted butter and sprinkle in the curry powder, cayenne, and a good shake of salt.




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  1. Kendra

    made this for a movie night last night…my friends were basically licking the bowl once it was all gone!

    • jeanine

      ha! I’m so glad everyone liked it 🙂

  2. Kelly

    Added chopped roasted pecans…yum! Love this recipe-thanks for sharing!

  3. Dani

    Just finished a huge bowl of this with my hubby – A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Best popcorn I’ve ever tasted

  4. Jena

    My friend brought a bag of this to a fundraiser garage sale for snacking, except that she used honey instead of brown sugar and added nutritional yeast, too.

  5. Sarah

    This sounds awesome! I am a huge popcorn fan – I usually say popcorn is my favorite food (though it’s neck and neck with cake if I’m honest). For some reason this made me think brown butter – I think I’ll give that a try!

  6. Jenn from vanillalemon.com

    Thanks for your sweet comment 🙂 LOVE your combo too… and curry is actually widely available here in Italy, unlike some of my other faves. Reading your blog I think we have a lot in common 🙂

  7. Kristen from mindyourbeesandtrees.com

    I had so much fun making the popcorn too and will definitely be doing this way more often! I love curry and who doesn’t love brown sugar? I never thought of putting them together though…can’t wait to try it! Yum!

  8. This sounds so yummy! Intrigued by the curry addition since I am not a huge fan of curry but willing to give it a try. 🙂

  9. Margarita from letscookandbefriends.blogspot.com

    Yummm! This sounds so good! I love popcorn with brown sugar, but brown sugar and curry, even better!

  10. erin from naturallyella.com

    Seems we were thinking alike! I’m going to try it with a little sweetener next time- I like the idea of spicy and sweet!

  11. I seriously cannot wait to try your take on popcorn! So happy you’re participating in the project, Jeanine. I’m eager to see what you come up with next!

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.