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 cinnamon and cayenne caramel corn will leave everyone craving more.

And since I’m totally addicted to popcorn (examples here, here and here…), I of course couldn’t turn down the chance to make this recipe for this celebratory holiday!

Cinnamon and cayenne caramel corn in white bowl with bottle of champagne, pink drink in flute and twinkling lights in background on marble surface

To top off the evening, I love to pair the caramel corn with a quick champagne cocktail that’s a fun take on a Kir Royale. In a way, this combination is a high-low pairing that makes each component that much better.

Pink liquid with foam on top in a champagne flute with two other flute and twinkling lights in background on a marble surface

To make the cocktail:

  1. In a champagne flute, scoop two tablespoons raspberry sherbet.
  2. Pour in a splash (1 tablespoon) of raspberry liquor.
  3. Top with a desired champagne.

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!

Here’s how to make this cinnamon + cayenne caramel corn

Shop This Video:

Did you make this recipe? If so, make sure to leave me a comment and a recipe rating (any number of stars) so I know how it turned out for you!

Print
Cinnamon and cayenne caramel corn in white bowl with bottle of champagne, pink drink in flute and twinkling lights in background on marble surface

Cinnamon + Cayenne Caramel Corn

  • Author: Kaleb Wyse
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cups
  • Category: Popcorn
  • Method: Air Popper
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Caramel corn is the perfect light snack for any party. But when you elevate it with the flavors of cinnamon (for sweetness) and cayenne (for a bit of kick), it’s that much better!


Ingredients

  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  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.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 187
  • Sugar: 12.9g
  • Sodium: 235.9mg
  • Fat: 9.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.7g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 15.3mg

Keywords: caramel corn, cayenne, cinnamon

Cinnamon and cayenne caramel corn in white bowl with bottle of champagne, pink drink in flute and twinkling lights in background on marble surface

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.