Today is National Popcorn Day. Our family loves popcorn! We always have at least one box of microwave popcorn on hand for movie nights. In our attempt to eat healthier, we have been trying to buy non-GMO, natural popcorn with no butter or flavoring and possibly just some salt added. To help flavor the popcorn, we’ve been on the lookout for recipes that allow us to add our own flavoring. We saw this recipe for Sweet and Spicy Popcorn in Geoffrey Zakarian’s new cookbook My Perfect Pantry* and thought we’d try it out. The kids didn’t enjoy it that much and luckily, we didn’t flavor all of the popcorn, so that they could have some without the seasoning on it. We thought it added nice flavor to the company and we could taste the spicy and sweet. The “spicy” was not overwhelming at all and the seasoning ratios of can be adjusted based on your spice tolerance/preference.
Sweet and Spicy Popcorn
Recipe slightly adapted from coobook My Perfect Pantry by Geoffrey Zakarian
1 bag of natural (no butter) microwave popcorn
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1. Microwave popcorn and put into large bowl.
2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, add the spices, cooking until fragrant, approximately one minute. Stir in the sugar until it dissolves.
3. Drizzle the spiced butter over the popcorn. Sprinkle with salt and toss well to mix.
We ended up having leftover popcorn that we stored in a sealed container for two days.
*We received My Perfect Pantry by Geoffrey Zakarian from Blogging for Books for a review.