This Toffee Halloween popcorn is a crunchy sweet holiday snack. Popcorn is tossed in a mixture of maple syrup and brown sugar with chocolate chips and sprinkles. Hey there, sweet tooth.
I remember walking along the boardwalk with my parents when I was little. It was night time and the whole boardwalk was lit up and people were everywhere. I saw an awesome ride in the distance that looked like a whirly car going down a hill. I pointed to it and my father asked if that’s what I really wanted to go on. So I nodded yes.
What he thought I was pointing at and what I actually wanted to do were two very different things. The next thing I knew, I was in my first haunted house. We walked through the winding dark hallways with creepy noises following us, things jumping out at us and general haunted house mischief. I was terrified, but I walked through the whole thing, wondering at what point I was going to get in the car and get to go down the hill.
There was no car – but I did go through my first haunted house and live to tell about it.
I’m glad that I didn’t have any toffee popcorn in my hands or it would have been all over the floor of the haunted house.
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- 1 stick butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 8-10 cups popped popcorn, 1/3 to 1/2 cup un-popped
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Halloween sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat.
- Stir in brown sugar, maple syrup, and salt. Keep stirring until the mixture comes to a boil. Continue to stir, and let boil for 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour over popcorn and stir until well-coated.
- Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely.
- Pour chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring after each until fully melted.
- Drizzle chocolate over popcorn and top with sprinkles.
- Refrigerate until chocolate is set. Break up into clusters and serve.
Needless to say, I’ve never been much for haunted houses – but I love a good ghost story and can appreciate a bad horror movie from time to time. It’s October and Halloween is coming quick; we might as well get a little creeped out for it.
Let’s make a promise to eat lots of toffee popcorn with Halloween sprinkles, too.
Want to make some other Halloween treats? Check these out!