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Spicy Caramel Popcorn

Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder


  • Over medium-high heat, heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan.
  • Add the popcorn kernels once the oil is hot and cover. Shake the saucepan often as the kernels pop. Remove from heat once the kernels have stopped popping (approximately 4 to 5 minutes). Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and set aside.
  • In separate bowl, add the cayenne pepper and baking soda and mix until fully combined.
  • In a separate saucepan over high heat, combine the sugar, butter, sea salt, and water. Let the mix sit over high heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until it's a rich yellow color.
  • While waiting on the caramel, lightly coat two large spoons and two baking sheets with vegetable oil. This is to keep the caramel from sticking while preparing the popcorn.
  • Remove the caramel from the heat and add in the baking soda and cayenne pepper mix. Stir to combine, then pour immediately over the popcorn.
  • Toss the popcorn using the spoons until the caramel is dispersed, then pour the popcorn onto the baking sheets, breaking up any popcorn clusters while the caramel is still warm.
  • Allow the spicy caramel popcorn to cool for 10 to 15 minutes, then serve.