Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Crunch

Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Crunch Recipe
Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
Not all popcorn has to be buttered. Try Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Crunch  for movie night in or the next time you're entertaining--this sweet and spicy treat is sure to be a hit!


13 cups (serving size: 1 cup)

Cost per Serving:


Recipe Time

Prep: 13 Minutes
Cook: 28 Minutes
Stand: 3 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 154
Fat 8 g
Satfat 3 g
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrate 21 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 7 mg
Sodium 46 mg


8 cups popped popcorn
1/2 cup dry-roasted, lightly salted peanuts
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 300ºF. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Combine popcorn and peanuts on baking sheet.

2. Mix brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in a small pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil without stirring for 4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. Quickly pour caramel over popcorn and peanuts; toss with 2 rubber spatulas or spoons. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring twice.

3. Place chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium heat in 10-second bursts, stirring in between, until almost melted, 40 to 50 seconds total. Stir in cayenne and cinnamon. Transfer to a ziplock bag, cut a small hole in a corner and drizzle chocolate over popcorn. Let stand until set, 3 to 4 hours. Break into pieces and serve.

May 2013
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