Sugar and Spice Popcorn with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Ginger

This recipe for Sugar and Spice Popcorn with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Ginger is so easy; no messy coatings or oven baking required. Simply combine butter, sugar, and spices and add to your popcorn. DELICIOUS!

Sugar and Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

It’s that time of year. Pumpkin Spice time. Actually it starts in August when all of food bloggerland seems obsessed with all things Pumpkin Spiced! But there is some confusion. Without pumpkins to be found anywhere in sight that name can be misleading to many.

What we are really seeing are a plethora of dishes and baked goods using a seasoning more correctly called Pumpkin Pie Spice and those same spices are key to this delicious Sugar and Spice Popcorn.

Pumpkin Pie Spice consists of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves; you know the ones that are always put into a Thanksgiving holiday pie? There really is no need to buy a separate spice labeled as such when it’s just a combination of spices you probably already have in your cabinet.

I’ve seen a million different recipes for Pumpkin Pie Spice and it’s clear there is nothing uniform; but next time instead of buying a mix done for  you, take a peek a what I’ve included in the Recipe Notes. I don’t want cloves in the mix for this popcorn, but I do love including them when I’m baking.

Of course the ubiquitous Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks may have started this whole ‘Pumpkin Spice’ thing and until 2014 it was true to form. No pumpkin. Nope, not a drop.

I hear they’ve changed that and quite frankly I can’t imagine coffee with pumpkin in it…so I won’t be standing in line for one which is easy for me; the only one I’ll stand in line for comes out a bit later and has eggnog in it!!

Sugar and Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

So let’s get back to this popcorn. First, I love popcorn. I even love movie popcorn with that awful butter. I love caramel corn and popcorn drizzled with white and dark chocolate. I even made popcorn once with a bourbon caramel drizzle.

But the truth is that even though some of those sinful creations are FANTASTIC, the real nitty-gritty is that I just don’t often take the time to make coatings that need a lot of monitoring or expensive thermometer gadgets to help me accomplish the task.

Popcorn Popper

For me method does matter and while I have most often used a large pan for my popcorn (or sure, have done it in the microwave), my daughter Emily shared this Popcorn Popper with me and there has been no going back. It might be considered a gadget but after borrowing hers I hoped she would forget that I had it. She did not. So I had to buy one for myself. πŸ™‚

It makes it so easy; much lighter weight than a big pot and with a wooden handle that does not get hot, you might think it was made just for popping popcorn. It was!

I love this simple recipe so much that when I do make popcorn I’m happy with just a big bowl of this next to me. The original recipe is from an old cookbook of mine, “Colorado Cache” from the Junior League of Denver; the first cookbook I bought when I moved to Colorado over 30 years ago! They called it Sugar and Spice Popcorn and it’s all about spices we associate with pumpkin pie.

I don’t want to disappoint someone looking for a hot spice like cayenne (which is good but certainly different!). And I can promise that NO PUMPKIN WAS SMUSHED for these kernels!

I first published this post for Sugar and Spice Popcorn with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Ginger over ten years ago but forgot I had already put it on the blog. I made some last week when I was DYING (OK, so I had twisted my ankle and was laid up but you know some exaggeration is in order right?) and feeling too punk to do much of anything but Netflix and Acorn TV (my new favorite channel with all things British!) and I realized I had to share. Or in this case share again!

Sugar and Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Although popcorn that is not coated with a hardened sugary confection is more often mixed with savory ingredients, this combination of butter with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger is so good and so easy; our entire family has been hooked for over two decades and I see no decline in our love happening anytime soon.

It’s easy too; no time spent making either a syrupy mess or baking it in the oven; just mix the butter, sugar and spices and pour the mixture over the popcorn, mix a bit with a large spoon (or your hands) and go.

Always our go to; this recipe is perfect all year long so let’s pass the napkins (lots of them) and start snacking. I’m betting you’ll find it addictive too!

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Sugar and Spice Popcorn

Add some butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to your popcorn for a real treat.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snacks
Servings: 4 -6 Servings
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Barb

Ingredients

  • 8 cups of popped corn
  • β…“ cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • ΒΌ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ΒΌ tsp ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of Ginger

Instructions

  • Put popped corn into large bowl with enough room to mix ingredients.
  • Melt butter and add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
  • Stir until sugar is dissolved. Drizzle over popcorn and toss until well coated.

Notes

Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Nutrition

Serving: 1grams | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 82mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 15g

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76 Comments

  1. Uh-oh, now I think I’d better check to see what type of bird seed we just put in the feeder that came home from the last Cub Scouts meeting. It is definitely not all sunflower seeds. I wonder what I will have sprouting in my lawn next year?? The birds are happy, chickadees mostly.

    We love popcorn here too and, although I hate to mess with melted butter and salt, I might have to give your spice mix a try for a welcome change!

  2. I just talked on my blog about how I, too, am a popcorn addict and that making it on the stove is the only way to go. I usually gravitate towards salty/savory combos when building popcorn recipes, but pumpkin spice?!? I will gladly abandon my adherence to savory for a bowl full of pumpkin spice popcorn! Genius.

    1. I guess this is really sort of in between isn’t it? There is sugar but the spices ‘kick it up a notch’ and for me…make it perfect. Hope you try it and let me know!

  3. I have that popper too and when I bought it I thought it would last about 2 minutes. It even warns you that its really thin and could melt if you use it on high heat. I’m very careful and love the popcorn it makes.

    I need to try pumpkin spice popcorn!

    1. Once I started using it I can’t imagine going back to microwave; the taste is so much better! Yes you do. πŸ™‚

  4. Now that it is FINALLY cooling down a bit here – we actually have dropped below 80 degrees… I started making popcorn again – woot!! And you’ll never guess what I am going to do with my next batch – add this to it!! This sooo has my name written all over it – brilliant!!!!

    1. We’re having a warm spell here; supposed to be 85 tomorrow! I’ll take it; never happy to have winter fall on us completely and hang on DEARLY to every last bit of summer I can find. You would love this…I do. πŸ™‚

  5. Love the combo of flavors in this. But I like anything with pumpkin spices. πŸ˜‰ We haven’t made pop corn in ages — we need to again. Using this recipe, of course! Happy bird watching!

    1. I was so excited to see one little bird…nuts I tell ya! But I am hoping it progresses and I can watch them when I have morning coffee or lunch from my kitchen table. And yes make this John; it’s really tasty.

    1. It is perfect. Not overdone at all but just a nice subtle yet evident finish. We love it!

    1. It has been a great experience getting to know a lot of new blogs hasn’t it? Thank you for visiting!

    1. Really stovetop is easy. The key is to keep it moving. I’ve done it for years without a cute popcorn maker but for $20 I bought another one for myself! It has a contraption inside that as you turn the handle, these two sort of metal fingers sweep the bottom continuously, keeping kernels from burning. I love it!

  6. I remember the first time I had popcorn cooked on the stove. It was HEAVENLY and so much better than the microwave variety. Now I can’t stand it any other way. :o)

    1. Some convenience foods offer convenience over what? Easy? Because you are so right…so much better!

  7. I’m glad you picked popcorn. I love Kettle Korn and I’ve made caramel corn but I’ve never made it this way. So simple and I’m really lovin the added nutmeg. I’m a sucher for those warm spices. . I’ll be making me a batch of this soon, possible tonight!

  8. Oh MY! It has been a while!!!! I must track you down again on TW – such a lovely site sunshine! And I have been chopping a bit myself **proud grin** and even posting my adventures – hugs!

  9. I have a popper just like that. It sits on the counter because we use it so often. I am intrigued by the sweet, cinnamony topping. Can’t wait to try it.

    1. I had a popper like that but it really was a gift for my daughter. Which she promptly took as soon as I finished that popcorn! So…I ordered another one yesterday from Amazon. Just the perfect popper I can’t imagine not having it now!

    1. Well, I am now without a popcorn popper. The kid came and took it away…so I’m buying one. That popper was perfect and not pricey either.

    1. Not odd at all…as a matter of fact the precursor to today’s penchant for salt/sugar. Think salted caramel right?

  10. Mmmmm oh Barb… I love popcorn both salty and sweet and your sugar and spice PERFECT popcorn is calling my name. Okay, so I come to visit and you make a HUGE batch of this and we stay up late and watch old movies. Okay?

    1. Jamie, if you come to visit we will have popcorn, cakes, affogato and old movies and not sleep for days except to gain just enough sustenance to talk and eat and drink some more! Heaven.

  11. Nice recipe for popcorn. We do a bit of popping here in our house too and the kids have come up with ‘inventive’ ways to flavour the kernels……
    MΓ³na

    1. Thanks Mona…once we started this, my kids were hungry for something each time…we have done a million variations on the theme ourselves!

  12. We are popcorn lovers in my house, too! I couldn’t wait to click on this link to find out what the spice was going to be matched with sugar. Now I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    This is the first time I’ve visited your blog…it’s so pretty! πŸ™‚

    1. I do believe I would trade my version for your chocolate covered version. I am easy that way when it comes to chocolate!

  13. It’s great that you’ve inaugurated your daughter’s popcorn popper in this lovely way! I think the flavors you used – cinnamon, nutmeg, butter – are just the yummiest…I can almost smell them from here! So glad to discover your blog from the Secret Recipe Club :-).

  14. Yum, I’ve honestly never added flavors to my popcorn. Confession? I don’t like buttery popcorn at all. I like that plain, salted no butter popcorn. But yours might win me on πŸ™‚

  15. oh i don’t think you took the easy way out at all! This sounds so good!

    And I’m so glad i received you as my “secret” blogger. i had a lot of fun perusing your site for something delicious (it was very hard to choose!) and I’ll definitely be back for more =)

    1. I’m so glad you did too Peggy; you did a great job when you decided on something I loved! Welcome; hope to see you again!

  16. Butter of course but I would have never thought to add cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar to my popcorn! I love this idea and it is a recipe! Thank you for sharing it.

    On a random note, I watched a robin take a bath in my bird bath yesterday and thankfully the camera was at hand. Too cute, only now I wish I had taken a video instead of still shots.

    1. I know…so simple right Paula. Not overpowering with either butter or the spices…just a nice little addition to some good popcorn and it is elevated to a great snack.

  17. This looks amazing! I love homemade popcorn. Once you learn how to make it on the stove you will NEVER go back to the stuff in the bag. Delicious! I also love the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg…yum!

  18. I’m addicted to faux-buttery movie theatre popcorn too. My husband hates it. He calls the butter you can add yourself “ming”. (British slang word for something gross.) But he doesn’t like normal butter on popcorn either. I think he just doesn’t like the feeling on his hands.

    I can see why though, your family loves this recipe. I never thought to put cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar on popcorn as is – I would have headed straight to caramel making territory. But this sounds fantastic!

  19. I love popcorn too! (imagine that)…..
    Just got my new stove, so am hoping to get back into more food posts.
    Just finished ‘Dying for Chocolate.’ It was great.
    This was a fun idea…and fun to find your blog.

  20. The flavouring looks excellent. IMO, the whirly-pop-style pots do the best job at popping. Glad to see you’re using one as well!

  21. I just read another post about the Secret Recipe Club and think it’s such a fun idea! I typically don’t flavor popcorn but this sounds great. I have had the same popper for some time. After growing up with the pot on the stove approach, and cycling through, electric poppers, hot air poppers, microwave poppers, this is the way to go for me. Fun post Barb (and I did get it on email).

  22. I love adding flavors to my popcorn – definitely going to try this one!

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