Rating: 3.92 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0

This recipe for sweet and spicy popcorn is a delicious snack perfect for parties.

The Martha Stewart Show, October Fall 2007, The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 3014

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Yield:
Makes about 11 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with nonstick baking mats; set aside.

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  • In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add 3 popcorn kernels and cover until they pop. Add remaining popcorn kernels, cover, and shake pot continuously over burner until popcorn is completely popped, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer popcorn to large bowl; add peanuts and set aside.

  • Combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup in a medium pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high, and cook, without stirring, until golden brown, about 5 minutes, swirling pot occasionally.

  • Remove mixture from heat and quickly stir in salt and cayenne with a heatproof spatula or spoon. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture and stir to incorporate. Divide popcorn mixture evenly between baking sheets. Transfer to oven and bake, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Let cool on sheet pans before breaking apart into clusters. Store popcorn in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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Reviews (6)

12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
10/12/2012
More warm than spicy if you use the 1/4 tsp of cayenne. I used the recommendation to spray the bowl and spoon lightly with spray oil and it worked really well! I also used air-popped popcorn (quick and easy to clean up). Easy and totally tasty recipe!
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10/26/2011
This is the greatest popcorn ever! It is always a hit. If you spray the bowl and the spatula your are going to mix in and stir with you will not have a sticky mess. And don't forget the parchment paper on the cookie sheets. Don't have any - get some! It saves you a lot of time cleaning.
Rating: Unrated
10/11/2008
This is so DELICious! A tremendous hit at last years Halloween party. I am eager to make it again!
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12/11/2007
This is great, but never sticks around long enough. I have to hide it to keep my husband and kids from eating it all. I do the full 1/2 tsp. of red pepper and don't find it too spicy at all-even my kids love it. I've made it at least 5 times since the show aired-we love it! I also use salted butter as that's all I have and it still turns out great.
Rating: Unrated
11/10/2007
I like to make it with soy nuts instead of peanuts. Also, it's easier and a lot less messy if you put the popcorn and the nuts on the pan and then pour the topping over top. The first time I made this mixing it in the bowl and there was a big sticky mess.
Rating: Unrated
11/10/2007
This popcorn is so yummy and a great snack. I made it this morning for a craft get together that I attended. The cayenne pepper gives it a great kick. The heat will sneak up on you, so watch out! I only used 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper and it was definately enough for my taste.
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