Spicy Mocha Popcorn




Sometimes it's fun to shake up the plain old butter-and-salt. We've found this combination to be deep, sweet and spicy all at once.


Step 1: Ingredients

In addition to your popcorn, you need (left to right):
  • sugar
  • cayenne pepper
  • cocoa powder
  • instant espresso
  • salt

Step 2: Mix

A little goes a long way. You can tweak your proportions, but here's a start:
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/-8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
If you want the pepper to just peak through, use 2 tsp sugar and 1/8 tsp cayenne. If you want it hotter, use 1 tsp sugar and 1/4 tsp or more of cayenne—but add in small increments, unless you have a very high tolerance for heat.

Whisk it together. You should end up with about 1-1/2 Tbs. powder.

Step 3: Sprinkle

Sprinkle this over your popped popcorn, toss and enjoy.

Note: I make popcorn with oil on the stove. If you use a hot air popper, you may consider drizzling oil or butter over the popcorn before adding the powder. Ditto with oil-free microwave popcorn.



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