A heatproof spatula works best to combine and spread the ingredients into the pan. Kids may prefer this without the red pepper. Store in an airtight container for up to one week at room temperature.
8 cups popcorn (popped without salt or fat)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 300°.
Coat a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan or other large rimmed baking pan with cooking spray. Place popcorn in a large metal or glass bowl lightly coated with cooking spray.
Combine syrup, butter, salt, and pepper in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring just until combined. Cook, without stirring, for 2 minutes. Pour syrup mixture over popcorn in a steady stream, stirring to coat.
Spread popcorn mixture in an even layer into prepared pan. Bake at 300° for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool completely in pan.
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Great great flavor!!! The only hesitation I have towards it is how sticky it is and it sticks in your teeth. I brought it to the office and it was all eaten by the end of the day- it is delicious! I see some people had trouble with heating the syrup but I found it to be no trouble at all, just keep the heat low and it will thicken up nicely. Also, this will be featured in this year's Eat Smart Move More Maintain don't gain Holiday Challenge as a healthy holiday recipe!
AWFUL! I ended up losing it during the 2 minute cook time since it ended up smoking out the house at just over 1 minute and burned to a nasty molasses consistency before adhering to my stainless steel pot like cement! Still don't know if I can save the pot. I'd recommend letting it cook on a lower heat or for less time:(
this recipe was very easy to make, both prep and cooking time. the chile added a nice spiciness to the candy corn and went well with the maple flavor. i liked the fact that it needed to be baked only 15 minutes.
I made this today for a small gathering of friends and it was a big hit! I added 1 cup of pecan halves which went well with the maple flavor. I only used 1/4 tsp of the pepper to accommodate those who don't like spicy, and it gave it just a hint of heat. I'll use the full amount next time for just our family. Very quick and easy to make, and so much better for you than store bought caramel corn.
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