Chipotle-Pecan Candied Popcorn

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
1 hr 10 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray, for spraying the baking sheet
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, freshly popped
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Generously spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Mix the chopped pecans and warm popcorn on the prepared baking sheet. Place in the oven while preparing the syrup.

  • Combine the brown sugar, butter and honey in a heavy medium saucepan. Whisk over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves and the butter is completely melted. Increase the heat to high and boil for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, add the salt, chipotle powder and baking soda and mix to evenly incorporate. Slowly pour the syrup over the popcorn-pecan mixture. Stir gently to make sure the popcorn and nuts are completely coated.

  • Bake until the caramel is dry and has hardened, about 1 hour. Let cool before serving.


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