Chipotle-Pecan Candied Popcorn

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
1 hr

Yield:
about 13 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • 12 cups plain popped popcorn
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda Salt
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Generously coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Toss the popcorn and pecans on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the oven while preparing the syrup.

  • Combine the brown sugar, butter and honey in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is completely melted. Increase the heat to high and boil, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chile powder, baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Remove the popcorn mixture from the oven; slowly pour the syrup over the top and gently stir to coat.

  • Return the popcorn to the oven and bake until the caramel is dry and hardened, stirring halfway through, about 1 hour. Let cool on the baking sheet.

  • Photograph by Coral Von Zumwalt


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