By The Spoonful


Red Hot Cinnamon Popcorn

Cinnamon Popcorn

If you love those cinnamon candies known as Red Hots or Cinnamon Imperials, then you are going to love this crunchy popcorn snack!

Cinnamon Popcorn Ingredients

I love popcorn, so much so that I think I have a bowl of popcorn every week. My dad grows popcorn in his garden; I haven’t had to buy popcorn seeds in years! He grows enough popcorn to cover his (with my mom), my siblings and my own popcorn seed needs. I prefer air popped popcorn with a bit of salt and parmesan cheese.

Popcorn kernels   Air Popping Corn

Back in college, a friend of mine shared a cinnamon flavored crunchy popcorn recipe with me. It had a good flavor. Perfect if you’re looking for an alternative to caramel corn and you love cinnamon candies. I boosted the amount of Cinnamon Imperials/Red Hots that the original recipe called for to really intensify that great cinnamon flavor that covers the popcorn.

Butter, corn syrup and red hots  Melt red hot mixture.

Cinnamon Red Hot Soup  Cinnamon Soup Boiling

To make this flavored popcorn easier to make, I opt for a microwavable vs. oven method to really coat the popcorn and get it crunchy. I make my caramel corn using the microwave too; I’ll share that recipe with you sometime.

I’ve never had issues with the microwaving flavored or caramel corn so I recommend it. I feel that there is no difference in the end product. It may not be the traditional way, but it saves 57 minutes! On a side note, I don’t like the microwave method for making Chex Mix! My opinion, you get crunchier Chex Mix with the oven method.

Cinnamon Mixture Over Popcorn  Toss Popcorn with Cinnamon Mixture

Microwave Popcorn.  Red Hot Poppcorn

The original recipe also called for 32 cups of air popped popcorn. That’s a lot of popcorn! I felt this was too much popcorn to make for a single batch, so I halved the recipe for my (and your) convenience. At home I don’t have a big enough bowl to hold 32 cups of popcorn and still have room to toss the popcorn without spilling; I will just assume that you prolly don’t either. I guess I could share with you what my mom still does when she is in need of an extra-large mixing bowl……she uses the top of her cake carrier. To be honest, many times over the holidays you will find the caramel corn still stored in the cake carrier too. :)

Clean up tip:

Dirty pan? Don’t waste your time or arm strength scrubbing your pan clean. Fill pan with water and bring to a boil on the stove top. Once water starts to boil, pour water out. The pan should be pretty clean with minor scrubbing needed.

Dirty Pan  Fill Dirty Pan with Water

Boil Water  Cleaner Pan

Red Hot Cinnamon Popcorn

By The Spoonful

Makes 16 Cups

  • 16 cups air popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 (6oz.) pkg. cinnamon imperials (red hots)

Place popped popcorn into a microwave safe bowl.

In a medium sauce pan set over medium-low heat melt butter, cinnamon imperials and corn syrup together. Stir until candies have completely dissovled then bring mixture to a boil and let boil for 5 minutes while continually stirring.

Pour mixture over popcorn and toss to coat well. Microwave popcorn for 3 minutes, stirring well after each 1 minute increment.*

Let popcorn cool, separate into small pieces and store in an air tight container.

*Make sure to stir popcorn well, if you don’t get to the popcorn sitting at the bottom of the bowl it might burn slightly.

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