Sriracha Caramel Corn Recipe

Posted January 27, 2014 by Stephanie
sriracha caramel corn recipe

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I’m not the type to enjoy the Super Bowl (give me the Puppy Bowl any day!) but I must I am intrigued by game day food. From what I can tell, game day food can be, but is not limited to: pizza, wings, dips, chips, nachos, sandwiches, and anything with cheese. I enjoy all of these foods immensely and therefore have concluded that I am a fan of the Super Bowl. I definitely understand the need to eat while watching TV or a movie. My wants in a snack: sweet, salty, spicy and crunchy.

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I loved this sriracha caramel corn, but Mike wasn’t so convinced. He thought it had a slightly burnt aftertaste, which was probably true (my caramel was a touch dark, I admit), but it didn’t bother me. Spicy and sweet, this caramel corn is a winner. Just make sure you keep an eye on the caramel – it might be best to err on the side of undercooked.

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Sriracha Caramel Corn Recipe adapted from The Kitchn
makes 6 cups of popcorn

  • 5-6 cups of popped corn
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha

Preheat the oven to 250°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place your popped corn in a large heatproof bowl.

In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Mix in the sugar until completely moistened. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil for 3-4 minutes while scraping the sides and bottom with a spatula. Remove the saucepan from the heat. In a small bowl, mix the vanilla, salt, baking soda and sriracha and then add it to the melted butter mixture. The mixture will bubble up violently! Continue to stir until caramel is thick and glossy.

Slowly pour the caramel sauce over the popcorn and stir to coat. Continue stirring until all the kernels are evenly coated.

Spread the popcorn on the prepared baking sheet and bake for an hour, stirring and breaking up clumps every 15 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet completely and enjoy immediately or store for up to one week in an airtight container.

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  1. Aww man, so many fun flavours!

  2. Eileen says:

    Yeah, the super bowl is nonexistent at our house–I would never know it were happening if not for all the foodblogs posting party snacks. However! Popcorn is definitely and always happening. Sriracha sounds like an amazing addition!

  3. tracy says:


  4. Grace says:

    Shared this with all my Sriracha foodie lovers!!!

  5. Silvia says:

    Can I just say that I love your blog….and the pictures, they are like OMG amazing…
    Take a look at mine, I have for about a week. You are truly my inspiration, I wish in some years I can have a blog like yours


  6. This looks amazing! I’m addicted to caramel corn right now and adding sriracha is genius!

  7. Emily says:

    Have this in the oven right now…can’t wait to try it! My hubby is particularly intrigued…he loves sriracha!

  8. Emily says:

    The corn finished several hours ago, and the hubby loves it…said it’s the best popcorn I’ve made yet. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

  9. I’m with you, I like my caramel closer to burnt than not. Yum!

  10. You had me at Sriracha. And then, I almost died at popcorn. Insanity!

    1. steph says:

      i never thought sriracha and caramel would go so well together, but it does!

  11. LittlestNomad says:

    Made this last weekend and it’s a HUGE hit. Quadrupled the recipe and everyone lovvvvves it. For those wondering, it’s not very spicy at all. It has a bit of buzz with the sriracha flavor, but it’s mostly a sweet treat! If you want it to actually be spicy, increase the sriracha!

  12. Bruno says:

    That looks so good. I love popcorn so I must try this recipe at home. Thanks for a beautiful and inspiring blog.

  13. kathy sing says:

    I have a caramel corn business and can’t wait to try this flavor and hopefully add to my available flavors!

  14. Cynthia says:

    Made this the other night and it was delicious! The flavor profile is different, but provides a perfect balance of sweetness and spiciness. Toasted the popcorn in the oven gave the popcorn a very nice crunch. Thank you for the recipe!

  15. Annelise says:

    This recipe is one of my favourite ways to eat popcorn! I come back to it year after year!

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