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Whenever you want a sweet and salty snack, this homemade Cinnamon Popcorn is the perfect treat to make for your next party, snow day, game night, or night in. This deliciously coated popcorn will be an instant winner!

Once you try this, I expect that this cinnamon popcorn recipe will become a family favorite and will be added to your holiday traditions and handed down to your children and grandchildren. It’s that good.

Cinnamon Popcorn

Why This Recipe?

Make this fun recipe with your kids for a family activity with a built-in reward. It gets your kids in the kitchen measuring and learning. Everyone wins when the result is a tasty snack.

Try our healthy substitutions for a guilt-free treat.

Serve this handy finger food at every holiday party or snacking event. It will be the one thing no one wants to stop eating.

Use Cinnamon Popcorn as a filler in your next jarcuterie as the perfect sweet and salty addition.

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This also makes a fun party treat idea or a cute gift bag treat!

Cinnamon Popcorn Recipe

How to Make Cinnamon Popcorn

Making this recipe isn’t hard at all. You don’t have to cook the sauce on the stovetop first and then mess with pouring hot liquid over the popcorn. All you need to do is mix up the wet and dry ingredients, fold them together, coat the popcorn, and bake it all. An occasional stir is all that is needed to make sure your popcorn coating doesn’t burn.

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Set oven to 300F.
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix together the wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Pour the wet over the dry and gently fold everything together using a spatula. Make sure every piece of the mix is coated.
  5. Evenly spread the mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes, removing it from the oven and gently stirring EVERY 8 – 10 minutes (this is an important step).
  7. Once it is golden, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 15 – 20 minutes to harden and crisp.
  8. As it cools, you can sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over it for a sweet & salty treat!

How To Make Cinnamon Popcorn

 

Equipment Needed to Make Cinnamon Popcorn

  • Parchment paper. Without parchment paper, the baking popcorn mixture will stick to your sheet pans, so parchment is a necessity.
  • Baking Sheet
  • Air Popper Popcorn Machine. If you don’t have or want a machine, just make sure to get plain microwave popcorn.

Ingredients for Homemade Cinnamon Popcorn

Cinnamon Popcorn Ingredients

 

Dry Ingredients

Popcorn. Either air-popped popcorn or nonbuttered microwave popcorn.
Raw Nuts. You’ll want a mix, I used walnuts & pecans.
Coconut Flakes. Unsweetened.

Wet Ingredients

Maple Syrup. For flavor and sweetness.
Coconut Oil. To help everything coat evenly.
Cinnamon. For flavor.
Brown Sugar. Balances the maple syrup flavor.

 

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Cinnamon Popcorn

This homemade Cinnamon Popcorn is the perfect treat to make for your next party, snow day, or game night. Sweet and Salty Snack.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon, popcorn, popcorn recipe, snack
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Parchment lined baking sheet Air popper popcorn machine
  • Large Bowl

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 6 cups air-popped popcorn or nonbuttered microwave popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed raw nuts I used walnuts & pecans
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Wet Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  • Set oven to 300F.
  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix together the wet ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the wet over the dry and gently fold everything together using a spatula. Make sure every piece of the mix is coated.
  • Evenly spread the mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment paper
  • Bake in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes, removing it from the oven and gently stirring EVERY 8 – 10 minutes (this is an important step).
  • Once it is golden, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 15 – 20 minutes to harden and crisp.
  • As it cools, you can sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over it for a sweet & salty treat!
  • Notes:
  • Oil Substitutions are avocado or olive oil
  • Maple syrup substitutions are raw melted honey or agave
  • For a healthier version substitute coconut sugar for the brown sugar

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Oil Substitutions are avocado or olive oil.

Maple syrup substitutions are raw melted honey or agave.

For a healthier version substitute coconut sugar for brown sugar.

FAQ for Cinnamon Popcorn

Why can’t I use buttered popcorn?

While you might be able to use buttered popcorn in a pinch, it may not hold the cinnamon coating as well. Butter also affects the flavor. Plain popcorn is really a better choice as the foundation for this delicious candy coating.

I have pancake syrup and not maple syrup. Will that work?

No, pancake syrup is not a good substitute for maple syrup in this situation.

What kinds of nuts can I use?

While I used a mix of pecans and walnuts, you can use your favorite mixture. Cashews, peanuts, or almonds would all work perfectly well. Instead of nuts, you can even add pretzels.

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