With days getting chillier, and all the rain we’ve been having these past weeks keeping us from going out as much, we’ve been cozying up at home. Which means, watching TV and eating popcorn. I’ve been wanting to try to make flavored popcorn for a while, particularly sweet popcorn, and although I still haven’t tried the first option that comes to mind: caramel popcorn, I tried this chocolate and pumpkin spice popcorn mix instead.
I got the idea to make this from a post I saw on Pinterest, which included cumin and cayenne pepper. I was sharing this with my daughter and I don’t think she would’ve liked that mix. Instead I tried making it with pumpkin pie spice, and to help make it a little sweeter I added some confectioner’s sugar to the mix. The flavor mix between the semi sweet chocolate (which hardens as it cools) with the spices and the slightly salted popcorn was really good. I really liked it, and will definitely make it again. It’s an easy and original treat for family movie night. Don’t forget to use natural flavored popcorn, without butter.
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn
Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven
Yields: about 4 cups of popcorn
4 cups popped popcorn (from 1 bag of natural popcorn)
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons of butter, melted
3 ounces dark or semisweet chocolate, melted in the microwave or double boiler
Optional: A pinch of cayenne pepper
- Pop popcorn according to packages instructions. One bag will yield 4 cups. Make sure it’s Natural popcorn, and not the buttered flavored one.
- In a small bowl, mix pumpkin pie spice and confectioner’s sugar (also cayenne if you’re using it).
- Toss the popcorn with the melted butter and the spice mixture until it is evenly coated. Spread the popcorn out in a single layer on a piece of wax paper, or a foil-covered baking sheet.
- Use a plastic sandwich bag to drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn. Then let the it rest for 15-30 minutes for the popcorn to return to room temperature and for the chocolate to set. (Or you can pop it in the refrigerator or freezer to speed up the process.) Transfer to a bowl and serve.
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