Yummy Fall Treat! Pumpkin Spiced Popcorn {Recipe}

One of our favorite snacks is popcorn. We pretty much eat it all the time–it’s low calorie, low fat, and it’s a whole grain. However, we stopped eating microwave popcorn a long time ago. Now, we buy the kernels and pop it ourselves and it is so much better than the microwave kind. So much. Not only does it flat out taste better, but it doesn’t have all of the chemicals that microwave popcorn has. You don’t need a fancy electric popcorn maker to make popcorn either–you can make fresh popcorn right on your stove top! With Fall in full swing, we’ve been snacking on this pumpkin-spiced popcorn that is to die for. It’s a little bit salty. A little bit sweet. And, a whole lot YUMMY!


Pumpkin-Spiced Popcorn
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. canola oil
3 Tbsp. butter
2/3 cup popcorn kernels

Combine sugar, spice, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

Stove top method:
Add canola oil and a 2-3 popcorn kernels to a large, heavy bottomed pot on stove top over medium-high heat. When those kernels begin to pop, the oil is hot enough to begin popping the corn. Add 2/3 cup popcorn kernels to the pot. Cook, covered, on medium high heat until fully popped–shaking the pot every 10-20 seconds to ensure that all kernels are popped and that popcorn doesn’t burn. Turn off heat. Quickly add melted butter to the popcorn and immediately sprinkle spice mixture over popcorn. Stir or shake pot to coat.


If you do have an electric popcorn maker, follow the instructions for your model and then once the popcorn is buttered and done–IMMEDIATELY toss the popcorn with spice mixture.


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  1. Sounds great never had pumpkin flavored popcorn!

  2. Thank you for posting this! Im definitely going to have to try this because It looks yummy!

  3. Eileen Richter says:

    I am trying to get the family to completely use only fresh popped too and no microwave popcorn. I remember a report a few years ago about dangerous chemicals in some of them. We used to do at home but that was with a gas range that you could kind of shake the pan to redistribute kernels and not burn. Now we have a glass flat top which scratches when you use it this way. I am looking at your recipe, I know we would LOVE it but I am REALLY looking at that popcorn popper. What a great family Christmas gift and get loads of recipes and spices/flavorings for a totally great wintertime full pantry of YUM! Thanks for posting Piera!


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