Sweet and Spicy Curried Popcorn ~ Savory Simple

I’ll confess that I’m not the biggest fan of popcorn.  I typically don’t snack at the movie theater and my other popcorn experiences are mostly limited to microwave bags which are never terribly exciting or delicious. However, I was at the grocery store recently and saw some of those cute old-fashioned looking cardboard popcorn boxes and felt inspired to experiment.  I love a good food prop (unfortunately you can barely see it in my final photo).

At first I was going to try making Biscoff popcorn, adapted from this recipe on The Kitchn.  I might still try that in the future but OMG you guys, I cannot keep that stuff around.  One day and several giant spoonfuls later, I had to get the Biscoff out of my house.  It’s like crack.  I tried taping the jar shut with masking tape and writing “NO” on top with a Sharpie but instant gratification Jen kept overruling logical Jen. I was too busy to make and photograph the popcorn and my waistline was about to start crying. Bye bye Biscoff!  A few days later I went for my next best idea: sweet and spicy curried popcorn.  I love curried anything and this popcorn is no joke.  Both sweet and salty, it’s addicting without being a bazillion calories.  Win win!

Sweet and Spicy Curried Popcorn
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Serves: approximately 8 cups
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (or any neutral, high heat oil)
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  1. In a small bowl, combine curry, cayenne, turmeric, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the kernels and cover.
  3. When you hear popping, gently shake the pan to prevent burning. Once the popping sound starts to slow down, remove from heat and empty into a large bowl. If many kernels remain un-popped you can repeat the process.
  4. Melt the honey and butter in a small saucepan or the microwave.
  5. Pour over the popcorn, cover, and shake vigorously to spread the mixture evenly.
  6. Sprinkle half of the spice mixture over the popcorn, cover and shake. Repeat the process with the other half of the spices.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  1. I love spicy popcorn. What a great snack!

  2. I am still innocent when it comes to the Biscoff addiction, perhaps I’m afaid of it. My Nutella addiction is bad enough! So I will happily try this popcorn, I already know I will love it!

  3. Weird, I just popped some popcorn last night for the first time in some time and the next day I was discussing how we could we use more turmeric in our diet. I’m definitely going to try this recipe. Yum, thanks!

  4. I love curry, what a great snack!! BTW, i won’t even mention how many jars of Biscoff are in my pantry right now. Or the large jar of chocolate-hazelnut spread I just picked up at Whole Foods… dangerous!

  5. I’ve never been into popcorn, but this does sound addictive:)

  6. I’m not the biggest fan of popcorn either; I hate how the bits get stuck in your teeth. But never tried curried popcorns before and they sound fab! :)

  7. I am drooling at the thought of biscoff popcorn. but your curried version sounds fantastic too!

  8. I just read on Huff Post that popcorn is the new cupcake! And then I see this recipe! How fun!

  9. Looks delicious — I love popcorn — salty and sweet is the best!

  10. Wow! this is a great combination – i love both popcorn and curry!

  11. I LOVE popcorn and I love this recipe!

  12. This is a great snack, and popcorn made at home is a gazillion times better than the microwave stuff. I will admit I recently tried making popcorn at home… I forgot I was doing it…walked away…and almost burnt down the house. YIKES. There goes my favorite pot.

  13. If you want the ease of microwave popcorn but the taste of the “real deal”, get yourself a Presto Power Pop (http://www.amazon.com/Presto-04830-PowerPop-Microwave-Multi-Popper/dp/B00005IBXK). I use it to make popcorn for my kettle corn recipe. :)

  14. We eat popcorn daily, usually with salt, butter, and parmesan cheese. This looks fabulous! It’s next on my popcorn list!

  15. Isn’t it funny how we sometimes use props as inspiration? “You know you’re a food blogger if…” :D
    This popcorn is brilliant! And healthy enough to not worry too much about depleting jars of Biscoff.

  16. The curried popcorn sounds like a fantastic idea!

  17. What an unique popcorn recipe! Looks very tempting!

  18. This looks fantastic!! What a superb idea!

  19. Love the tumeric in here giving it that beautiful color!!

  20. Oh man, Biscoff is daaaaangerous for me, too! This popcorn looks even better (I think!) AND it’s lower-calorie which I need since I snack on popcorn like there will be an end-all-popcorn-snacking tomorrow. Love this, Jen!

  21. Bookmarking this one. Never tried Biscoff…maybe I should keep it that way! ;)

  22. Sounds great Jen! My hubs and I also love anything curried, but we love spicy even more, so we’ll have to try this for sure! :) :)

  23. I’m not the biggest popcorn fan either. But when the craving strikes I like is spiced or with chile sauce over it. Your recipe sounds so mouthwatering. I can make out the top shape of the popcorn box, too cute:) Funny how little things like that inspire us. Thanks fro sharing Jen!

  24. This sounds so good. I have become a curry addict over the years, so this is really appealing to me. I ate a ton of popcorn when I was young, then didn’t touch it for about a decade, but now I like an occasional treat of popcorn, and this would seriously fit the bill. I can also understand your issues with Biscoff. It’s kind of like food magic in a jar.

  25. It’s weird, but I only eat popcorn when I go to the movies. There are still a couple of theaters around that actually have “real imitation butter flavoring” that you can squirt all over the popcorn. (It’s one of those guilty pleasures!). At work, everyone seems to burn the microwave bags, so I try to stay away from them. Your recipe sounds like something worth taking out the popcorn making for! It’ll be perfect on a netflix night.


  26. I love popcorn and this combination is a definite must try for me! I know exactly how you feel about Biscoff. As much as I want to grab a jar when I am at the store I don’t because I know I’ll be the one eating the entire jar most likely just with a spoon.

  27. Love these flavors with popcorn! This would make a great snack!

  28. I LOVE popcorn and have so many things I love to top it with and salty n sweet like you did is the BEST!

  29. Ooh, what a great sweet and spicy combo!

  30. I am addicted to popcorn! this recipe looks amazing!

  31. Your popcorn looks mind blowing my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  32. that sounds great, though i’d be inclined to leave the honey out. have you tried popcorn with brewers yeast sprinkled on top – it’s delicious ;-)

  33. I am loving this recipe! And that shot looks wonderful – so enticing!

  34. I confess I fell out of the “popcorn habit” when I had braces (in the 1980s!). But I think this may help me get reintroduced. GREG

  35. wow awesome popcorn my Indian hubby would love it

  36. I don’t think I could ever go to the movie theater without buying some popcorn. It just smells too good! But this looks even better!

  37. I hear abour Biscoff everywhere but we don’t get that in Toronto. Yet. I believe that will all change, especially when food bloggers are raving about it relentlessly! Anyhow, this popcorn looks delish! I haven’t popped corn the way this recipe calls for, but I am always willing try something new.

  38. I love popcorn! I had a nice bowl of it tonight! I will definitely try this recipe. I don’t know Biscoff, but I love to research new food items. Will do! :-)

  39. This looks fantastic! And I keep hearing about Biscoff but I’ve never tried it. I must find some! :)

  40. I. Love. Popcorn!

    Looks awesome!

  41. Biscoff truly is like crack. I’m positive this popcorn would be a close second.

  42. What a delicious looking treat!

  43. Lol, I love the picture of you fighting with the taped-shut Biscoff, too funny :) This popcorn looks great!

  44. I love, love popcorn! Especially with fun flavors, and this is so perfect. Can’t wait to try it!

  45. what a great recipe for popcorn! i can’t wait to try this!

  46. For a curry lover, this is a MUST try recipe! I’m not a microwave popcorn fan but I occasionally enjoy good popcorn. I still have popcorn kernels in my pantry (I think I should have it) so let me try this recipe this week – maybe movie night. And I *just* got cookie butter from Trader Joe’s. Oh boy that with popcorn… I think I’ll stay with curried version for now. I can’t wait to try biscoff flavor either (never tried yet).

  47. I could eat popcorn every single night is my waste-line allows, sadly it doesn’t :(
    Love the spicy kick you have going on here.

  48. I am not a popcorn person myself, but my Hubs – he loves popcorn! And he will love this spicy version. I will go for the Biscoff kind :)

  49. I just tried this and it is SO wonderful! I had to revise the recipe a little because I used my air popper for the popcorn, but I love the slightly sweet and spicy taste of this! Thank you!

  50. There are days when all I eat for dinner is homemade popcorn. well…and beer.
    I may need to try this lovely adaptation.

  51. As always, thank you for inspiring me! I have included this recipe in my August Roundup. Please stop by and let me know what you think of the post.

  52. I love popcorn but have never had it prepared this way- great recipe and the color is beautiful;-)

  53. Diane, A Broad says:

    I looooooove flavored popcorn! And that cookie butter popcorn sounds amazing. I made it with Nutella once, and it disappeared in hours.

  54. Ooh great idea for popcorn! I snagged some similar boxes when were on clearance at Target because I knew they’d make a great prop. I try not to do that too often but some things are just too perfect for photos.

  55. Something I think my hubby would enjoy :)

  56. This sounds fantastic! I love popcorn, and it sounds like using the curry would allow cutting down on some of the butter and oil.

  57. Brilliant! (again!) I’m thinking I don’t eat popcorn near enough!

  58. All I want to do is eat popcorn now ! I never knew it was so simple.

  59. Holy spicy popcorn! I think I measured the cayenne wrong. Also didn’t have quite enough popcorn. My husband couldn’t eat it, and it took me longer than usual to eat the whole bowl. ;) Hot stuff! And so, so tasty. Usually we just have it plain with salt but I may tweak this recipe and make this again!

    Also: Mind if I print an adaptation of it on my blog? With a link to your post, of course?

  60. Sweet! What a great idea :) I will surely try this.

  61. Loved this recipe! It was one of those snacks where I had to figure it probably wasn’t healthy anymore when I ate the whole thing…I did sub real maple syrup for honey.


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