Popcorn 4 Ways for Fall

Sweet and spiced, popcorn takes on the flavors of the season with these easy recipes.

Pumpkin spices, crisp apples and pecans, maple syrup or the unmistakable taste of campfire s’mores perk up your popcorn with the flavors of fall.

Popcorn Recipes

Pumpkin spices, crisp apples and pecans, maple syrup or the unmistakable taste of campfire s’mores perk up your popcorn with the flavors of fall.

Photo by: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Photo by Mick Telkamp

Pumpkin spices, crisp apples and pecans, maple syrup or the unmistakable taste of campfire s’mores perk up your popcorn with the flavors of fall.

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There’s movie popcorn and the microwave stuff in the break room, but there’s nothing quite like making a hot, fresh batch of the crunchy classic the old-fashioned way. Heat ¼ cup of coconut or canola oil over medium-high heat, add ⅔ cup of popcorn kernels, put the lid on and gently shake the pot as it comes to life within. In just a couple of minutes, voila! Popcorn is a year-round favorite, but making popcorn at home from scratch just feels like fall. 

We are upping the ante with these four recipes for spicing up your popcorn with flavors to fit the season. Start with traditional pumpkin pie spices, try a twist on a campfire classic with s’mores-flavored popcorn, bring in the harvest with dried apples, cinnamon and pecans in an apple-cobbler inspired snack, or use maple syrup to cook up a kettle-corn style treat that’s just about perfect on a crisp fall day. Fall is upon us, and we’ve got the snacks to prove it.

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

  • 10 cups popcorn
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and sea salt in a small bowl and shake to combine.

Sprinkle dry mix over popcorn and toss to combine.

S’mores Popcorn

  • 10 cups popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows

In a large bowl, drizzle butter over popcorn and toss to coat.

Combine sugar and cocoa, sprinkle over popcorn and toss to coat.

Stir in mini-marshmallows and serve.

Apple Cobbler Popcorn

  • 8 cups popcorn
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup dried apples, chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, broken

Drizzle butter over popcorn and toss to coat.

Combine cinnamon, brown sugar and salt, sprinkle over popcorn and toss to coat.

Add dried apple and pecans to popcorn and toss to mix.

Vermont Maple Popcorn

  • 8 cups popcorn
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Combine butter salt, brown sugar and maple syrup in a pot and bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat.

Continue to boil 2-3 minutes, then stir in baking soda (be mindful, volume will increase).

In a large roasting tray, drizzle pot contents over popcorn and stir to coat.

Bake in a 250 degree oven for 40 minutes, stirring once after 20 minutes.

Allow to cool before serving.

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