Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
Prep Time
13 Mins
Cook Time
28 Mins
Stand Time
3 Hours
Yield
13 cups (serving size: 1 cup)

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!

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

slburton3's Review

slburton3
July 24, 2013
This recipe was pretty easy, but I certainly need to work on my "toss the popcorn in the caramel sauce" technique, as I don't feel I got everything evenly coated. Also, even after letting it set after baking, my popcorn wasn't crispy, but chewy. Maybe it's the summer humidity. I like the spiced chocolate, but be warned: you may want to reduce the amount of cayenne if you don't like hot-spicy foods. It is not too overwhelming, but I felt it had an "afterburn" as I like to call it. I'd probably cut back a bit next time I make this. I LOVE the combination of cinnamon and chocolate, so you could go with just that as well!