Spicy Popcorn for a hot movie night!

Spicy Popcorn for a hot movie night!

 Jump to Recipe Aaaah It’s Halloween… Who knows what song I’m thinking about right now? Doesn’t matter anyway… But it’s awesome. Do you love this time of the year? Scare other people or playing a prank on them? This innocent looking popcorn recipe is just what you need! For those who want the fuzz of it all to be over as soon as possible, don’t turn away! I bet you love a hot movie night? Good news! This spicy popcorn recipe will help you out!

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Spicy Popcorn
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Want to bring some spice to your life. Not the spice girls spice... Some realy spicy snacks you don't want to miss! To celebrate Tabasco's 150th birthday I've made a twist on their popcorn making it hotter than those made by the brand itself and flavored it with a delicious butter caramel. Your guests won't expect this kind of heat from the innocent looking goodies you'll serve them! 

Course: Aperitif, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Flemish
Keyword: hot, Movienight, popcorn, snack, Spicy, sweet, tabasco
Servings: 4 people
  • 100 gr corn kernels
  • 100 gr. butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp Tabasco Diamond Reserve or chipotle
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp agave or honey
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp fennel seed powder
For the spicy butter caramel
  1. Take a fireproof saucepan and add the butter to the pan. Let the butter melt on a medium heat. 

  2. You'll see some foam on top of the butter once it's heating up. Take a spoon to remove the foam and let the butter slightly brown until it's starting to smell like nuts. 

  3. Carefully add a tablespoon of Tabasco (use Chipotle Tabasco for a payable alternative) to the Beurre Noisette together with 2 Tablespoons of agave syrup and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
    Warning: be careful while doing this stage since some hot drips might splash around. So make sure no kids are nearby. 

  4. Let the caramel cook through while gently stirring. Add the cumin, paprika and fennel powder while stirring. Once the caramel starts to stick it's ready. Set aside to cool down a bit while popping the corn. 

Popping the Corn
  1. Add 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil to a small fireproof pan with lid and put it on top of a medium fire. Once the oil is molten gently add 1/2 tbsp tabasco! Beware for splashes! 

  2. Add half of the mais kernels to the saucepan and put the lid back on top with a small opening.
  3. Listen carefully to the popping sound of the corn. Once the popping sound is slowing down, remove the pan from the fire and toss the popcorn in a bowl or deep dish. 

  4. Repeat the steps with the other half of the popcorn. 

Finishing the spicy popcorn
  1. Drizzle the spicy butter caramel on top of the popcorn and mix through thoroughly to make sure every piece of popcorn is covered in the lovely caramel. 

  2. Serve lukewarm or let cool down before. 

Have fun making this recipe! Please take a moment to leave a comment with your feedback on this recipe when you did!
Recipe Notes

Note 1: don't make to much popcorn at once! Devide your work into small batches if you want to make a lot of popcorn. The more kernels you use the more of them will be burned before the laste ones are popping. 

Note 2: don't add the spices to the oil to set free more of their flavors like you normally do. They burn faster than you're popcorn will be ready...

Note 3: put the lid on the pan with a small opening to give the air some place to escape. This way the popcorn will remain crunchy. Moreover, in my experience the popcorn popped faster this way. 

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