Friday, November 8, 2013

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend & Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn!

I have a tonne of pumpkin recipes to share with you, and in most of them I use a blend of fragrant fall inspired spices.  I would consider Allspice, Ginger, Nutmeg, and Cinnamon to be pantry staples, it just simplifies things to keep a jar of this mix on hand!  If you dig it, double the amounts, so you have a good stash on the ready, to use in your favourite recipes, or in your coffee, or on top of ice cream! Yum!

Why don't you make a small amount of that Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend right try out of this deeeelicious crunchy caramely popcorn treat!  The white chocolate on top takes it to the next level, just try and stop eating it, I dare you!

Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn with White Chocolate Drizzle
Recipe adapted from: Cooking Classy

1/2 cup, unpopped popcorn kernels 
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 F degrees. Pop your popcorn into large bowl, remove any unpopped kernels.
Using a medium pan, over medium-high heat, melt the butter.  Stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.  Bring mixture to a boil, and allow to boil for approximately 4 minutes without stirring.  Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda, and give it another stir.
Pour half of the pumpkin pie spice caramel over the popcorn, and toss/stir using a wooden spoon , it's super hot!  Be careful!  Add remaining caramel, until popcorn is evenly coated.
Using a x-large baking sheet, and spread out popcorn, bake for 1 hour stopping every 15 minutes to give it a stir.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  While you are waiting, make your drizzle!
In a small bowl using the microwave, melt your white chocolate chips.  For the drizzle you can use a spoon, and let it fall  down onto the onto the popcorn from above.  Or, for more precise drizzle, use a Ziploc bag, place the melted chocolate in the bag, and cut off the corner.  Squeeze the melted chocolate over the popcorn, and allow to harden.


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