Sweet with a hint of heat, this Honey Sriracha Popcorn is a serious snack upgrade and seriously addictive.
This Honey Sriracha Popcorn isn’t your typical movie theater popcorn. It’s better. Sweet like kettle corn but with a warm Sriracha kick on the back end. I may or may not have eaten this entire bowl while watching sappy romantic movies on Valentine’s Day. It was the best.
I feel like you’re either stoked about this combo or questioning my sanity. To the former, I wish you were with me on Sunday, because I ate wayyyy too much popcorn and could have used a Sriracha loving friend. To the latter, there’s no need to have me committed, but hear me out…
I love sweet and salty. Trail mix with almonds and dark chocolate turns me into a heart-eyed emoji. If you can get on board with sweet and salty, then sweet and spicy isn’t that far of a leap. The two opposite flavors are unexpectedly delightful and actually addictive. And by actually addictive, I mean I am actually addicted to the sweet and spicy combo. If you don’t believe go to my favorite Thai restaurant where the owner knows be by name. Really.
The taste is amazing, but I think my favorite part of making popcorn is the sound it makes. The ping ponging of corn kernels has to be one of the most delightful noises in the world.
When I was a kid my mom would make popcorn in her rotating popcorn maker. It was the perfect amount of buttery and salty, and the smell it filled the house with was intoxicating. Being a kid I had a bedtime. I also had a critical case of FOMO. Every so often, my mom would make popcorn after I went to bed. The audacity of my parents to live life without me present.
I would lay in bed awake until I smelled that rich buttery aroma. Then I would slowly teeter down the stairs and call out, “Hey guys, I smell something…” I thought I was being so smooth. Hint—I was not, but my wonderful parents let me hang out, stay up, and snack anyway. I know I said binging on popcorn and sappy movies was the best, but this was actually the best.
Now the sound of popcorn popping gives me with loads of nostalgia, and I can’t wait to come up with more combinations. This honey sriracha variety is not a bad way to start. A perfectly crunchy snack that’ll sooth your sweet and spicy craving.
- ¼ cup popping corn
- 2 Tbs. canola oil
- 2 tsp. salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 Tbs. Sriracha
- In a large pot, combine oil and popping corn over medium heat. Cover with lid slightly askew, so the steam can vent. Occasionally move around kernels by tilting the pot from side to side. Remove from heat once popping slows. Stir in salt immediately.
- In a small pot, over medium heat combine butter, honey, and Sriracha. Stir until butter melts.
- Bring to boil then simmer on low for 10 minutes, stir occasionally.
- Pour the honey Sriracha mixture over popcorn, gently mixing until evenly coated.
- Chow down immediately.