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Moroccan Twist Salted Caramel Popcorn

This Moroccan Twist Salted Caramel Popcorn is sweet, savoury, and a little spicy. The seasonings - including garlic, cardamom, and fennel! - may seem a bit weird for a caramel corn, but it WORKS.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Cooling time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-free, Indian
Servings: 16 Cups
Calories: 231kcal

Equipment

Popcorn Maker

Ingredients

  • 16 Cups Popped Popcorn (⅔-3/4 Cup unpopped kernels)
  • 2 teaspoon Cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Allspice
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½-3/4 teaspoon Crushed Chilies
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 6 tablespoon Sunflower or Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar Packed
  • ½ cup Corn Syrup
  • 2 teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Place the popped popcorn in a large stockpot. Set aside.
  • Mix together the spices and baking soda, set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine sugars, oil, corn syrup, and salt, whisking until well combined. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Once boiling, allow to boil for 5 minutes - stirring frequently - and then remove from heat.
  • Add baking soda, stir well to combine - You don’t want clumps of spices! – caramel will foam up a little.
  • Pour caramel over popcorn mixture, CAREFULLY stir to coat evenly – Hot sugar is nasty to get burned with!
  • Divide the caramel corn between the two cookie sheets, spreading it evenly
  • Break up large chunks of popcorn, and allow to cool fully.
  • Serve immediately, or transfer to airtight containers for storage.

Notes

Caramel corn is VERY hydrophilic - it attracts water - so if you don't store it in an airtight container, it will draw water from the air and get soggy/sticky.

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg