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Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Crunch

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!

All You MAY 2013

  • Yield: 13 cups (serving size: 1 cup)
  • Cook time: 28 Minutes
  • Prep time: 13 Minutes
  • Stand: 3 Hours
  • Cost Per Serving:$.20


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 154
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 21g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 7mg
  • Sodium: 46mg

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Spiced Chocolate Popcorn Crunch Recipe