Cinnamon + Cayenne Caramel Corn

After the holiday season, I’m usually a little lost. For months – well all year, really – I’m planning the decorations, candies and cookies I’ll be making for the Christmas season. I love to over plan and prepare, it’s just in my nature. So when it all comes to an end the week after Christmas, I usually go into seclusion. Don’t let me fool you into thinking I don’t enjoy New Year’s: it is a celebration after all! Whether going to a party or hosting your own, quick munchies are always needed along with a good cocktail. This sweet and spicy caramel corn will leave everyone craving more. To top off the evening, I love to pair it with a quick champagne cocktail that’s a fun take on a royale.

Cinnamon + Cayenne Caramel Corn
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Ingredients
  1. 4 quarts popped popcorn
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup butter
  4. 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  9. 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
For the popcorn
  1. Spray a large brown grocery bag with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Pour the prepared popcorn into the grocery bag and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup, salt, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and cook 1 1/2 minutes. Stir and cook an additional 1 minute until the mixture is thickened and bubbling throughout.
  4. Immediately stir in the vanilla and baking soda. Stir vigorously to ensure no dry baking soda remains.
  5. Pour over popcorn in bag. Fold over the top of the bag tightly and shake for 30 seconds to evenly coat the popcorn in caramel.
  6. Place bag in microwave and cook 1 minute. Shake the bag for 20 seconds, turn upside down and cook an additional minute.
  7. Remove from microwave and pour on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Allow to cool 30 minutes and serve. Once cooled, the popcorn can be placed in airtight containers for up to one week.
For the cocktail
  1. In a champagne flute, scoop two tablespoons raspberry sherbet and pour in a splash (1 tablespoon) of raspberry liquor. Top with a desired champagne.
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These are quick to serve and easy to make into a bar. Set everything out and let people make their own while they munch on popcorn! Happy New Year’s!

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Cinnamon + Cayenne Caramel Corn | The Gray Boxwood

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