Try this Pumpkin Caramel Popcorn to celebrate the flavors of Thanksgiving and fall! It makes a great snack.
Love homemade popcorn? You need to try this recipe for pumpkin caramel popcorn! You can either use plain microwave popcorn as a quick and easy base, or you can pop it from scratch. This recipe is perfect for movie night at home, or a fun snack for guests at Thanksgiving! It comes together quickly and people will beg you for the recipe.
Pumpkin Caramel Popcorn
- 15 cups plain popped popcorn
- 6 ounces unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F, and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Set the popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the butter, sugar, molasses, corn syrup, pumpkin pie spice and salt to a boil. Stir briefly with a heatproof spatula, then continue boiling for three minutes without stirring.
- Remove from the heat and immediately pour over the popcorn. Stir until evenly combined.
- Spread the popcorn evenly onto the sheet pan, and then place in the oven. Cook for one hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, cool briefly to set, and then break into pieces (or enjoy as clusters). Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Fun! I am making maple popcorn balls for my daughter’s class for when they study pilgrims/Native Americans (legend has it Chief Massasoit’s brother brought popcorn in a deerskin bag the first Thanksgiving feast).
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Yum, all three sound incredible!
Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try the pumpkin caramel :)
Awesome! I’m all about popping my own popcorn these days. It’s so easy and we can control the ingredients. For example, duck fat… Omg
Carrie@ Bakeaholic Mama says
Heading over to get this recipe now! LOVE the looks of this popcorn!
Looks great, Jen. I’ll definitely be trying the gingerbread!
kristy @ the wicked noodle says
What a fabulous idea, Jen! These would be so fun at a Thanksgiving gathering!
sally @ sallys baking addiction says
PUMPKIN CARAMEL POPCORN????? Jen, I love you! Heading there now! Gorgeous pic =)
Rachel @ The Avid Appetite says
Yum! This is so perfect because I’m hosting a friends Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday and wanted to do little jars of popcorn as party favors! Maybe I will make one of these!
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
wow These look droolworthy! Pumpkin caramel popcorn will be top favourite!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
Wait, GINGERBREAD popcorn?? Oh, I am in!! Love all three versions!
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
I am such a fan of popcorn! I could eat it any which way and be very happy – gingerbread, oh that sounds so good!
Wow, I just love all three! Great flavors!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
Sounds delicious! I love home made popcorn, in fact I just bought a packet of those pop corn boxes to serve it! :P
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
I just came back from SheKnows. I love the brown butter sage popcorn! So unique but I can imagine the flavor already. I would love that. As holidays get closer and we have lots of gathering, this kind of quick and “holiday” flavor snack ideas are wonderful, Jen!