Simple Sundays | Sugar & Spice Popcorn

So, I heard somewhere that there’s a game today. And it’s kinda like a big deal? If Beyonce is performing, it must be sort of important, right? My brother would disown me if he read this. (If you’re reading, dear brother, forgive me). Alright, I’m…

Simple Sundays | Sugar & Spice Popcorn

Sugar & Spice Popcorn | Kitchen Confidante | Brown Sugar & Cayenne

So, I heard somewhere that there’s a game today. And it’s kinda like a big deal?

If Beyonce is performing, it must be sort of important, right?

My brother would disown me if he read this. (If you’re reading, dear brother, forgive me).

Sugar & Spice Popcorn | Kitchen Confidante | Kernels

Alright, I’m not completely daft, but I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know that I’m not exactly a football fan. I admit to finding it completely boring; as a spectator, the game is slow moving, and I lose interest very quickly. I think I’ve mentioned before that I really only look forward to the commercials on Super Bowl Sunday.

But the city is abuzz with Niner fever. Everywhere you go, San Franciscans have donned the red and gold, local businesses promise free drinks if the 49ers win, city buses scroll “Go 49ers!!!” on their marquees.

Chances are, I’ll catch some of the game. Maybe this would be a good time to use that picture in picture feature on the television and settle down with a good movie, the game, and a big bowl of popcorn.

Sugar & Spice Popcorn | Kitchen Confidante | Popcorn Kernels
Sugar & Spice Popcorn | Kitchen Confidante

I always favor something a little something sweet and spicy when I flavor my popcorn, and this bowl of Sugar & Spice Popcorn is full of crunchy bites of brown sugar and hot cayenne pepper. A little bit of sweet and a whole lot of savory. And hey, the spices are red and gold. Maybe I’m rooting for the home team after all :)

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Sugar & Spice Popcorn

4-6 servings. | Prep: 3 min | Cook: 7 min


1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1-2 tablespoons melted butter


Stir the brown sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

Coat a large pot with canola oil, place 2-3 popcorn kernels and cover. Place over medium high heat. When you hear the kernels pop, add all the remaining kernels to the pot, replace the lid, and shake over the heat until all the corn is popped. When you no longer hear popping, remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Toss in the sugar-salt-spice mixture and butter (optional) and mix well. Enjoy while toasty!


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  1. Naomi

    Yummmmm…. this recipe looks so warm and tasty. It reminds me of a snack that my mom used to make us when we were little (similar spices, but not with popcorn). I can’t wait to make this!

  2. Lawyer Loves Lunch

    I am also watching the game with friends but am spending most of my time near the buffet (but I can’t help wishing the table had some of your fantastic popcorn on it)!

    • liren

      Ha ha, yes, for me, aside from the commercials, I am all on board with the food when it comes to the Super Bowl! Hope you had fun and lots of good eats, I sure hope that softened the sad ending.

  3. Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings

    I can just imagine the cray- cray- craziness there in the Bay Area! Go 49ers! I’m cheering for them just because so many of you, my blogger buddies, are from the area! Woo-hoo! Popcorn, anymore? Yes, please and thank you!!!

    • liren

      The city was definitely excited! The game didn’t bode in the fans’ favor, but I will say, even I got sucked into the last moments of the game – so exciting and very hard fought. (And I did have my popcorn at the ready!)

  4. Brian

    If I were watching the game (which I’m not… Well, maybe just for Beyonce) I’d want a big bowl of this in front of me. Along with a tall cold beer, of course

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love your hint of sugar and spice, a perfect snack! (I’m with you, just looking forward to the new Downton Abbey episode this evening :))

    • liren

      Laura, can you believe I haven’t seen Downtown Abbey yet? But I know it’s just the type of show I can totally get into! Maybe one day, I’ll play catch up on last season :)

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