In my book, there are three flavors that just scream fall: maple, pumpkin and apple. Unfortunately, maple takes a backseat to the other two flavors. You can’t ignore maple’s distinct flavor palate that combines undertones of caramel and toffee. This Maple Popcorn Recipe is easy to make and it’s an addictive fall snack that you’ll want to make every year. The popcorn also makes a great gift too!
Related: Easy Baked Caramel Corn Recipe
This maple popcorn can be made in a big batch you can enjoy throughout the fall season. It has chopped pecans, which adds the crunch and a sweet syrup glaze that hardens onto the popcorn. The glaze comes together quickly, over the stove top, and then you just pour it over the popcorn. What is better than that?
Crunchy & Sweet Maple Popcorn Recipe
So here’s the skinny on how to make this delicious popcorn snack, plus some fun ideas on how to serve it. It’s definitely a unique recipe and a great alternative to caramel corn.
Gifting This Maple Popcorn Recipe
Homemade popcorn is 10x better than receiving cookies during the holiday season. Plus, as a the chef, the popcorn is easier to make too. You don’t have to sit around the oven watching batches being baked.
Once your popcorn has cooled, you can wrap it in a decorative Christmas tin. The tins for popcorn can be found at local dollar stores. Amazon sells this six pack of tins with lids too! The other option is to use red or green air-tight storage containers and top it with a bow. I always include the recipes as well, so my gift recipients know what’s in the recipe.
How To Store Leftover Popcorn
Once it’s cooled on your baking sheet, store all leftover maple popcorn in air-tight food storage containers. It will last up to three months in your pantry. You want to double check that it’s 100% cooled before storing though, so it’s not soggy from the heat.
What To Buy At The Store For This Maple Popcorn Recipe:
- Bagged Popcorn
- Corn Syrup
- Maple Syrup
- Chopped Pecans
- Maple Flavoring (you can find this in the baking section)
How To Make This Maple Popcorn Recipe
Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Place popcorn in a large bowl, then set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, maple syrup, corn syrup and salt.
Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage). Remove from the heat; stir in maple flavoring and chopped pecans.
Quickly pour over popcorn mixture and mix well. Transfer to your baking sheet lined with waxed paper to cool.
Break into clusters. Store in airtight containers.
- 10 cups popped popcorn (I purchased bagged popcorn)
- 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
- 1-1/3 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. Place popcorn in a large bowl then set aside too.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, maple syrup, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage).
- Remove from the heat; stir in maple flavoring and chopped pecans. Quickly pour over popcorn mixture and mix well.
- Transfer to baking sheets lined with waxed paper to cool. Break into clusters. Store in airtight containers.
- You could pop your own popcorn. However, I like that bagged popcorn doesn't have as many kernels and it's not burned.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 319mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 72gProtein: 3g
**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.