Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Snack Mix

This popcorn packs a lot of flavor into very little prep time.
By: Andrea Albin
Related To:
Sweet and Spicy Popcorn on a Plate

Cooking Channel Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Snack Mix Recipe

Serve a popcorn snack with a kick. Add lemon zest, cayenne pepper and chili powder to popcorn for a sweet and spicy snack.

Photo by: Courtesy Andrea Albin ©2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Courtesy Andrea Albin, 2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Ingredients:

5 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 to 9 cups freshly popped unsalted popcorn, preferably popped on the stovetop
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup pepitas

Directions:

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the sugar until melted, then add the chili powder, lemon zest, salt and cayenne. Add the popcorn, almonds and pepitas, and toss to coat.

Total time:
35 minutes

Yield:
9 cups

Level:
Easy

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