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Chocolate Chipotle Popcorn Mix

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

A recipe I made today because I have ultimately way too much chocolate left over from the last few weeks. Perfect for making in big batches so you can snack your way through life, try this Chocolate Chipotle Popcorn Mix. A stove top caramel popcorn, this easy recipe comes together in a snap, and is VERY addicting. Topped with a healthy dose of salt, it’s sweet and salty, and great for sharing (or not).

Makes 6 servings


1/4 cup chipotle infused olive oil (from Evoolution)

3/4 cups unpopped popcorn kernels

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup cane/turbinado sugar

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2-3/4 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate, melted

1-2 tsp rock or sea salt


1. To a large pot with a fitted lid, add the chipotle infused olive oil. Heat over high heat and allow the oil to smoke. Add the popcorn kernels and give the pot a big shake. Cover with lid and allow to steam until the popping slows down to 1-2 pops a seconds. This should take about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Remove from heat immediately, and stir to prevent burning at the bottom. Set aside.

2. In a medium sized saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey, and cane/turbinado sugar. Turn the heat up to low and stir well to combine. Allow the mixture to come up to a gentle boil, then cook for 5 minutes.

3. Add the vanilla, cinnamon and baking soda to the boiling sugar mixture, and stir well. It will foam and bubble - this is normal. Once the mixture gets creamy looking, remove from heat. This mixture will be extremely hot - do not touch it.

4. Add the hot caramel, pecans, and a big pinch of salt to the popcorn. Use a rubber spatula to carefully and gently stir the popcorn to fully coat. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet, and spread out in a single layer.

5. Drizzle the melted chocolate over top the popcorn, and sprinkle with another generous pinch of salt. Set in the fridge to harden the chocolate. Once the chocolate has hardened, break into clusters and serve.


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