Cayenne Caramel Popcorn

amazing cayenne caramel popcorn

Not at all a healthy way to start the day, but I like looking at this cheerful clump of popcorn while eating my breakfast oatmeal.  This popcorn is way too addictive to keep in the house so I brought a bag in to the office yesterday and it is ALL GONE.  The recipe is easy, made with ingredients you may have around the kitchen and makes a ton of caramel corn.

I followed this recipe to the letter and thought that the amount of caramel produced was way too much for the popcorn.  If you like popcorn completely slathered with caramel, feel free to use all of the caramel.  I ended up using half the caramel and stuck the (ovensafe) pot in a 200F oven to keep it warm and quickly popped another batch of popcorn on the stove and poured the rest of the caramel on top.

Sweet and salty with a subtle spice coming in at the end.  Dangerous snacking food.

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2 Comments on “Cayenne Caramel Popcorn”

  1. suecris says:

    Seeing this earlier in the week prompted me to add cayenne pepper to my regular caramel corn. It was delicious! My two teenagers also very much approved.

    I use a much, much easier recipe to make caramel corn – it’s microwaved, and it takes about 10-15 minutes from the idea to make it till completion. Just pop some corn, separate the unpopped kernels out, salt it. No need to butter bowls. In a big glass measuring cup, put a knob of butter (about 2 -3 tablespoons), cover with about 1/2 cup loose brown sugar, just poured from the bag, and cover that with about 1/4 cup corn syrup, just poured over. Exact measurements are not vital. Microwave 30 seconds, stir. Then, when your popcorn is ready, microwave again for 55 seconds (on our strong machine) until it has bubbled up high for at least 10 seconds. Immediately remove, pour over popcorn, stir with large spoon. Voila! Stir again in a few minutes to keep it from turning into a block.

    But the addition of 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (smallish batch, smallish amount of spice for us) made it so much better!


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