Posted February 9, 2005 by Nick Lindauer in Recipes

Cinnamon Red Hot Popcorn – Hot Valentine's Day Recipe

10 cups air-popped popcorn (plain)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons pepper sauce
2 tablespoons honey
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into thin pats
1 tablespoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Place popcorn in 5-quart ovenproof bowl or Dutch oven.
  • Bake 15 minutes.
  • Combine sugars, corn syrup, pepper sauce and honey in 2-quart saucepan.
  • Bring to a full boil over medium-high heat, stirring just until sugars dissolve.
  • Boil about 6 to 8 minutes or until soft-crack stage (290 degrees on candy thermometer).
  • Do not stir. Remove from heat.
  • Gradually add butter and cinnamon to sugar mixture, stirring gently until well blended.
  • Pour over popcorn, tossing to coat evenly. Spread popcorn mixture on greased baking sheets, using two forks.
  • Cool completely. Break into bite-size pieces. Store in airtight container up to two weeks.

Makes 18 cups.

Note: If popcorn mixture sets to quickly, return to oven to rewarm

Nick Lindauer

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