Prep Time
10 Mins
Bake Time
35 Mins
Yield
Serves 8
Photo: Kate Sears

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 250ºF. Mist 2 large, rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.

Step 2

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, warm oil over medium heat. Add 3 popcorn kernels and cover until they pop. Add remaining kernels, cover and shake pan continuously over burner until popcorn is completely popped, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer popcorn to a large bowl, discarding any unpopped kernels. Toss pepitas into bowl with popcorn.

Step 3

In a medium pot over medium heat, combine butter, sugar and corn syrup. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, until mixture turns golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and quickly stir in salt and cayenne with a wooden spoon. Pour over popcorn mixture and toss to coat evenly.

Step 4

Divide popcorn mixture between baking sheets. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool on baking sheets on a wire rack until cool enough to break into small chunks.

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