This pumpkin spice popcorn recipe is a great Fall snack! With only a few ingredients that you likely already have in your cabinets already, this recipe makes for a simple and tasty treat!
Why You’ll Love Maple and Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
When the cooler days of Fall come along, my thoughts turn to….almost anything pumpkin flavored. And this maple pumpkin spice popcorn fits the bill perfectly. It’s simple to make and easily customizable to your own taste, which makes it the perfect recipe when you want a quick autumnal snack!
Great as a snack or alongside a Hot Buttered Rum or a Bourbon Eggnog, your cocktail companions will love this!
- microwave popcorn – you don’t need any kind of fancy popcorn to make this recipe, just your favorite microwave popcorn!
- cinnamon – provides your popcorn the signature sweet warmth that’s indicative of pumpkin spice.
- ginger – gives the spice blend a little bit of bite.
- nutmeg – adds even more warmth and a woody touch.
- maple syrup – balances the salt and spices with some added sweetness.
- butter – if your popcorn is already buttered, you may want to omit this ingredient (or use significantly less).
- Let’s start with popping your popcorn and setting it in a large bowl. You can serve the spiced popcorn in this bowl or transfer it to a clean bowl before serving to your guests.
- Want to make your own Pumpkin Spice? Head over here for 3 variations on a Fall favorite for using in hot drinks or baking!
- Melt butter in the microwave and then add in the maple syrup. Pure maple syrup makes a big difference, so go quality on this ingredient!
- Mix the butter and syrup together and pour this right over the popcorn. Toss the mixture together so as much of the popcorn is coated as possible.
- Now, to add the topping! Sprinkle the spice mixture (salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg) all over the popcorn. Toss it around as you sprinkle, so as much of the popcorn gets covered with this deliciousness!
There you have it! A quick but tasty snack that will go perfectly with a tall glass of our Apple Cider Margarita. Or, how about an Apple Martini?
- Make this popcorn for fall and winter holidays. Packaged up in individual bags, it makes a great handout for Halloween!
- For an even deeper flavor, after coating the popcorn with the spice blend, spread it out on a baking sheet and pop it into the oven for about 10 minutes at 300 degrees F. Be sure to stir it every couple of minutes to prevent burning and sticking.
- To make this popcorn taste like a pumpkin spice latte, include some espresso powder or instant coffee in the spice blend.
- Brown sugar is another option for adding some sweetness and highlighting the warm, pungent spices.
- If you really like pumpkin spice, feel free to add even more seasoning.
- For an even sweeter treat, drizzle some melted white chocolate or caramel over your popcorn!
Can you flavor popcorn before popping?
- If you’re popping from loose kernels, there are measures you can take to flavor before popping, like choosing a specific kind of fat to pop the kernels in. But when it comes to things like seasonings, it’s best to wait until after popping so the seasonings don’t burn in the popping process.
What can I put on popcorn instead of butter?
- To avoid melted butter, you could instead use a neutral-tasting oil like vegetable or grapeseed oil.
Why is my popcorn chewy?
- When steam gets trapped when popping, this can lead to chewy popcorn. If you’re using microwave popcorn, this shouldn’t be a problem, as the bag is designed to allow steam to escape.
More Fall Recipes
If you’re looking forward to the fall season and want some other great ideas for seasonal recipes, try these!
- This Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread is always a hit!
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins – These healthy muffins are great as breakfast, dessert, or a quick, portable treat throughout the day.
- Easy Apple Crisp – Sweet and comforting, this dessert is perfect to make on chilly days (but that doesn’t mean you can’t still serve it with ice cream!).
Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipe
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Enjoy cocktail hour!
- 1 package microwave popcorn, popped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- Pinch nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- Pop the popcorn according to the instructions on the bag, then pour into a bowl and set aside.
- Combine cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl.
- Melt the butter in the microwave and mix in the maple syrup.
- Pour the butter and syrup mixture over the popcorn, then sprinkle with the spice mixture. Stir well until the popcorn is evenly coated.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g