Cinnabon Popcorn

Diet starts Monday. That’s the running joke around here. Before you start that New Year’s resolution to trim up try this popcorn. It tastes just like Cinnabon and man oh man I wish this picture was scratch ‘n sniff. The smell of this baking in your oven is out of this world. I have a great caramel corn recipe from my SIL. Super gooey and buttery…but it will have to wait. I was looking for treats to give my neighbors for Christmas and this popcorn packages up so well because it is dry. Dry in a good way. Crunchy, cinnabony popcorn.

I could barely get it into my cute little bags before John had gobbled it up. It’s a great popcorn to munch on while lounging around on New Year’s Eve. The girls over at Best Bites always have good recipes so I knew I would love this. I had a few sugary clumps because I skimmed the instructions and popped it in the oven for 30 minutes without stirring and went outside to ride bikes with my boys. Still tasted fabulous.

Cinnabon Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels or around 1 1/2 bags of microwave popcorn for me)
  • 1 cup pecan halves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
  • 1 stick real butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 squares almond bark (about 4 oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside. Use a bigger bowl than you think you need.
  3. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 2 liter capacity microwave safe bowl. Mix well. Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over the top of everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more. *If you microwave it too much your popcorn will turn out really hard.
  4. Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda. Stir to combine. Mixture will foam and rise. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated. Stir more than you think you need to.
  5. Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and spread out on a large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil.
  7. Melt almond bark according to package instructions. Drizzle over popcorn mixture. When almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cool, break into chunks and enjoy!

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  1. that looks really addictive!

  2. I just tried this recipe and it’s amazing!! We were eating it before it even cooled down completely. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. So I made this popcorn and it was the BOMB! Thank you for such a great treat!

  4. Glad you guys loved it. It’s definitely a keeper. So good.

    Christy

  5. Thanks for the recipe, I would like to learn hoe cook all this recipes in the blog, so I want to say you thanks you for the help!! 22dd

  6. This is an awesome recipe! I did a post about creative popcorn recipes and posted one of your pictures with a link (and credit) to this page. Thank you!!

    http://reluctantwwfoodie.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/creative-popcorn/

  7. HI,
    Delicious recipe posted here..Really I like it..Thanks for sharing this information..

  8. Delicious! I just put mine in the oven, and I’m sure it will be wonderful! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Hello,
    This is really very interesting recipe found on your blog, I really enjoyed it. Thanks a lot for sharing such an amazing information.

    Thanks!

  10. Wow! Delicious! Perfect for movie marathon..thanks Christy!

  11. My husband really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing the recipe!