I remember growing up, every holiday season my dad would receive a massive tub of popcorn from work. The tub was divided into three delicious flavors: butter, caramel, and cheese. Given that I’ve always had a sweet tooth, the caramel was my favorite – I could eat myself sick with that stuff.
Now that I try to keep a (much) healthier diet, snacks like that caramel popcorn don’t typically make it into our apartment. Travis, in particular, loves to munch on popcorn while watching TV (he always makes his own on the stove as opposed to buying the microwaveable kinds). So this popcorn recipe comes from a desire to please both mine and Travis’ taste buds: sweet for me and savory for him.
This Maple Chili Popcorn takes less than 10 minutes to make, so you really have no excuse not to try it 😉 I realize that you may not have popcorn kernels on hand, but this recipe is way healthier than any packaged variety, so it is certainly worth buying the kernels to pop yourself.
This popcorn is a very good balance between sweet and spicy – neither of the flavors overpowers the other. Of course, if you prefer maple or spice, feel free to adjust the flavors to your liking.
Be prepared to share – this stuff is addicting!
- 1 Tablespoon canola oil
- ½ cup popcorn kernels
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ Tablespoon unsalted butter
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a small microwaveable bowl, mix the maple syrup, butter, cayenne and salt. Microwave on HIGH for 20 seconds, or until the butter is melted. Stir and set aside.
- Heat a large pot with a lid over medium high heat. Add the canola oil and once hot, add the popcorn kernels. Place the lid over the pot and shake repeatedly. You should hear the kernels beginning to pop. Place the pot down on the stove and after a few more seconds, shake again. Repeat for about 1 minute. Once you begin to hear a 1-2 second pause between each pop, turn off the heat. Shake the pot again.
- Remove the lid and pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Pour the maple mixture over the popcorn and mix well. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then serve. Adjust seasonings to taste.