Pumpkin spice popcorn

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn | A Dash of Compassion

It took me  almost two years to figure out how to make my own flavoured popcorn.

That’s a long time to go without popcorn.

I’m not just talking about the air-popped, coconut-oil and nooch-sprinkled stuff that has become most people’s movie night treat. It’s the stuff that, much like Cracker Jack, is coated in a crunchy, or sometimes even gooey, sweet glaze that makes you lick your fingers and want more.

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn | A Dash of Compassion

You see, my obsession with candy-coated popcorn began almost two years ago when Lisa and I discovered this totally rad chai masala popcorn at Food Fight! in Portland, Oregon. It was made by a local company called Masala Pop, and to say it was love at first bite would be an understatement. We were infatuated. We bought as many bags as we could fit into our carry-ons, and I’ve been dreaming about it ever since I inhaled the crumbs from the bottom of my last bag (I could only buy two).

Since then, we’ve been on a mission to create our own version. Lisa hit it big time when she came up with a chai-spiced popcorn that rivaled our original love—psst, you can find that recipe in our Edible Gifts ebook. We’ve been playing with other flavours too, and today I wanted to share my latest favourite.

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn | A Dash of Compassion

With cooler fall weather comes pumpkin everything, as you well know, so I thought it would be fun to add this flavour to the mix. Combine warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves with a little pumpkin puree and sweetener, and you’ve got yourself the perfect popcorn coating. Tuck yourself under a warm blanket in front of the boobtube (do people still say that?) with a big bowl of this crunchy, sweetly spiced corn. Or, better yet, package it up in little cellophane bags for awesome Halloween party favours. Your guests will be begging for the recipe. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin spice popcorn

Yield: Makes 6 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pop the popcorn kernels using an air-popper. If you don't own one, you can use your stove: Add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the popcorn kernels. Cover and allow to pop for 3 to 5 minutes, while moving the pot in circular motions around the burner, until the sound of popping slows down considerably. Pour the popcorn into a very large bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut sugar, coconut oil, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, sea salt and cloves. As soon as it comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until smooth and thick. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a minute or two.
  4. Drizzle half the mixture over the popcorn and gently toss to coat using a large spoon or clean hands, until the popcorn is evenly coated. Drizzle on the remaining mixture and toss again until evenly coated.
  5. Spread the popcorn onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, mixing gently halfway through. Allow to cool completely before serving. It will firm up as it cools.
      

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4 Responses to “Pumpkin spice popcorn”

  1. Emma — October 20, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

    Oh wow, this does looks seriously good! I better organize a movie night to have an excuse to make a batch :D

    • Nicole — October 20, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

      Thank you, Emma! Movie nights + popcorn area always fun – and encouraged!

  2. Caitlin — October 27, 2014 @ 7:15 am

    That looks great!! I love nooch-topped popcorn but this looks like the perfect treat to take popcorn up a notch :)

    • Nicole — October 27, 2014 @ 11:09 am

      Thank you, Caitlin! The sweetness is a nice change from the usual salty snack.

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