Aztec Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

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Makes:
40 servings
Serving Size:
1/2 cup
Yields:
20 cups
Prep:
30 mins
Bake:
20 mins 300°F
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Aztec Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients
14
cups popped popcorn
1
cup roasted and salted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)*
1 1/2
cups packed brown sugar
3/4
cup butter
1/3
cup light-color corn syrup
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1
1
tablespoon shortening
2
teaspoons ground ancho chile pepper
1/2
teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder
1/4
teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Remove all unpopped kernels from popped popcorn. Place popcorn and pumpkin seeds into a 17x12x2-inch roasting pan. Keep warm in oven while preparing caramel.
  2. Butter a large sheet of foil; set aside. For caramel, in a medium saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils. Continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, without stirring, for 5 minutes more.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour caramel over popcorn mixture; stir gently to coat. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir mixture; bake for 5 minutes more. Spread popcorn mixture on prepared foil; cool completely.
  4. In a small saucepan combine chocolate, shortening, ancho chile pepper, coffee powder, and cinnamon. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  5. Drizzle chocolate mixture over popcorn mixture; if desired, toss gently to coat. Let stand at room temperature or in the refrigerator until set. Break mixture into clusters. Spoon into gift container.

From the Test Kitchen

*

To roast raw pumpkin seeds, in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan combine 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas), 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; toss gently to coat. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 10 minutes, stirring once halfway through baking.

MAKE-AHEAD DIRECTIONS:

Place popcorn in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

(Aztec Chocolate Caramel Popcorn)
    Per serving:
  • 138 kcal cal.,
  • 8 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 9 mg chol.,
  • 66 mg sodium,
  • 16 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 11 g sugar,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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