Maple glazed popcorn is a lightly sweet treat, that you will want to make again and again. It is quick to make and full of sweet cinnamon and maple flavor with a hint of savory salty flavor. It's perfect for a night hanging out watching a movie or a snack by the fire pit on a fall evening.
😋 Why make this recipe
Ok, y'all this is definitely and treat that you will want to make again and again. It's a unique lightly sweet treat that only takes 5 minutes and it is not heavy in calories.
Why use maple syrup on popcorn?
According to the Vermont Maple organization, maple syrup contains an abundant amount of naturally occurring minerals such as calcium, manganese, potassium, and magnesium. Also, like broccoli and bananas, it’s a natural source of beneficial antioxidants.
Antioxidants have been shown to help prevent cancer, support the immune system, lower blood pressure and slow the effects of aging. Maple syrup is also a better source of some nutrients than apples, eggs, or bread.
"Maple syrup is more nutritious than all other common sweeteners, contains one of the lowest-calorie levels, and has been shown to have healthy glycemic qualities."
What type of mayple syrup is best
For this maple popcorn recipe, I like to use a grade A amber color which is rich in taste and provides a naturally sweet, rich, and smooth taste.
What type of popcorn to use
I have a secret to great popcorn that does not get stuck in your teeth! There is a variety of popcorn grown in Indiana called Lady Finger. It is a very small seed with hardly any hull. The kernels are small and full of flavor.
How to pop the popcorn
I use a hot air popcorn popper because it is healthier to pop your popcorn without oil. Also, I feel the maple glaze sticks to a popcorn kernel better if it is hot air popped.
Add-ins for your popcorn
Try some of these fun add-ins to your maple popcorn.
- Chocolate covered peanuts or pretzels
- Crisp bacon pieces
How far can this be made ahead?
Since this maple popcorn is covered in a sugary glaze it is best to serve right away. Be warned it's finger-licking good or you might need a napkin.
How to store it
If you do have leftovers seal in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Use within a few days. You could freshen it up in a 250-degree oven spread on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes.
💭 Top tip
How to avoid sticking
After you coat the popcorn with the maple glaze, turn it out onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet to cool.
More maple recipes
If you like cooking with maple be sure and try these great maple-flavored recipes.
Maple Glazed Popcorn
- 6 cups popcorn popped in hot air popper
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup real
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pop popcorn in a hot air popcorn popper
- In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Once butter is melted add maple syrup. Stir to combine and heat syrup through just until it starts to bubble.
- Take off heat and stir in vanilla and cinnamon
- Pour over popcorn and quickly toss to coat.
- Spread popped corn into a single layer of parchment paper and sprinkle with salt.
- Allow to cool before eating. Store in an airtight container.