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Aztec Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

Makes: 40 servings
Serving size: 1/2cup Yield: 20 cups
Prep 30 mins Bake 300°F 20 mins
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  cup  semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 40,
  • cal. (kcal) 138,
  • Fat, total (g) 8,
  • chol. (mg) 9,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 16,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 11,
  • pro. (g) 2,
  • vit. A (IU) 146,
  • vit. C (mg) 0,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 0,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 4,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 66,
  • Potassium (mg) 85,
  • calcium (mg) 10,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Starch () 1,
  • Fat () 2,
  • Carb Choice () 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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