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    Sweet & Spicy Popcorn Crunch or Balls

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    stephanierndos's Note:

    I actually combined two recipes I had seen and wanted to try. This is a joint effort of a Martha Stewart Recipe and a Food Network Recipe - that I mixed together. It turned out VERY good!

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 250°F Line 2 baking sheets with nonstick baking mats; set aside.
    2. 2
      Pop popcorn according to package directions, get rid of unpopped kernels; set aside.
    3. 3
      Make caramel: 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.
    4. 4
      Remove mixture from heat and quickly stir in salt, vanilla, cinnamon & 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.
    5. 5
      Let cool on sheet pans before breaking apart into clusters. Store popcorn in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
    6. 6
      *Note: If you opt for the ‘pepitas’ the pumpkin seeds instead of nuts (use one or the other not both) ~ you will need to toast the pumpkin seeds in a large skillet over medium-high heat, until browned and popping, tossing and stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. (Do this in batches, if needed.) Then, add to the popcorn.
    7. 7
      *If making popcorn balls, use following directions: When the popcorn is cool enough to handle, coat your hands with some butter and shape into 4-inch balls. Wrap in waxed paper and tie with a string, if desired. Serve or store covered at room temperature for up to a week.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 05, 2009


      Love it, can't stop eating it.

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    • on November 18, 2008


      Made for "My 3 Chefs" theme was POPcorn and I was so glad that I included this little gem of a recipe...I air popped my own kernels and used the pumpkin seeds this time because I was going with a Fall/Halloweeny theme snack but will try the nuts for Christmas gifts and package it in cute tins to ship to peeps...I did not make the balls, rather prefer chucks of it to pick up and munch on...the caramel sauce is the best I have ever tasted the cinnamon and cayenne pepper really take it to a different level...mixed a bit of chocolate in YUMMY...THANKS for a great recipe...LOVED free~free said it is addicting!!!! :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Sweet & Spicy Popcorn Crunch or Balls

    Serving Size: 1 (80 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 386.9
    Calories from Fat 169
    Total Fat 18.8 g
    Saturated Fat 11.1 g
    Cholesterol 45.7 mg
    Sodium 169.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 53.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
    Sugars 20.8 g
    Protein 4.4 g

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