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Spicy Rosemary-Peanut Caramel Corn

Spicy Rosemary-Peanut Caramel Corn

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  • Makes: 26 servings
  • Yield: 13 cups
  • Hands On 20 mins
  • Total Time 1 hr

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This is caramel corn all grown up -- studded with salted peanuts, flecked with rosemary and kissed with cayenne. Make a double batch to pack as gifts, or set a bowl on the coffee table as a way-fun alternative to Chex Mix.


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 12 cups unsalted popped popcorn
  • 2 cups cocktail peanuts
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light color corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons flaky sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees . Coat a rimmed roasting pan with cooking spray; set aside. Place popcorn and peanuts in a large bowl; set aside. In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, cook and stir butter, brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat until butter is melted. Stir in orange juice. Bring to boiling. Boil at a moderate steady rate for 2 minutes (do not stir). Remove from heat. Stir in rosemary, vanilla, baking soda and cayenne pepper (mixture will foam up).
  2. Pour butter mixture over popcorn mixture. Stir to coat well. Spread in prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring twice. Transfer to a large sheet of heavy foil; spread evenly. Sprinkle with salt. Cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


  • If you do use salted popcorn, reduce the amount of salt sprinkled over the caramel corn.

Nutrition Facts

(Spicy Rosemary-Peanut Caramel Corn)

Servings Per Recipe 26, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, fiber (g) 1, sodium (mg) 255, Monounsaturated fat (g) 3, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Folate (µg) 2, Niacin (mg) 0, carb. (g) 11, chol. (mg) 9, Thiamin (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 3, Riboflavin (mg) 0, cal. (kcal) 126, vit. A (IU) 128, iron (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 8, vit. C (mg) 1, sugar (g) 7, Potassium (mg) 84, pro. (g) 3, calcium (mg) 12

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