I know, this sounds interesting and maybe like these flavors shouldn't go together but this is a major crowd pleaser (and it's cheap and easy to prepare)- trust me!
preheat oven to 200 degrees
2 bags of popcorn pre-popped lightly salted, light to no butter (in microwave or on stove)
1 stick butter
1/4 c. white sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
2 t. cinnamon
2-4 t. red pepper flakes
1 T red chili pepper paste (you buy it at the grocery store near the packaged salad, it's in a tube)
1 jelly roll pan covered in foil and sprayed with cooking spray
1- spread the popcorn on the prepared pan
2- melt all other ingredients together over medium heat for about 5-8 minutes
3- pour the mixture over the popcorn and toss to evenly coat, I use kitchen tongs for this.
4- bake in the 200 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.
5- let cool and serve.
This give s a perfect mixture of salty, sweet, and spicy. You can change the recipe up any way you want. Here are some other ideas:
- add pumpkin pie spice to the above recipe
- butter, Parmesan, garlic, black pepper
- butter, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla
...and that's all :)