Fall Spiced Popcorn

Starbucks has pumpkin spice lattes out. Pumpkins and autumn leaf decorations are all over the stores (not to mention Christmas stuff – hold on, Costco!). I called it last week – it’s officially fall. I can’t visit a food blog without seeing some mention of pumpkin or other fall flavors and it’s given me a craving I had to indulge.

I’m trying to eat healthy these days as I’m in the middle of a Kaia F.I.T. session (a bootcamp style class for women) so baking something didn’t seem like the best option. (Lucky for you, I have visitors staying with me this weekend, so I will be baking with pumpkin after all!)

Instead, I opted for a healthier snack: fall spiced popcorn! I made a quick and easy sauce to pour over it with some wonderful fall flavors. Mix maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, cloves, ginger – see how to make your own pumpkin pie spice) together with melted butter for a thick sauce that just screams fall.

P.S. If you’re looking for more fall/pumpkin recipes, I have so many that they have their own section in my recipe index: Fall Recipes. I kinda have a thing for the fall 🙂

Fall Spiced Popcorn


  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp butter (I used unsalted)
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels (around 6 cups of popped popcorn)
  • Sea salt to taste


  1. Combine maple syrup, butter, and pumpkin pie spice in a microwave safe bowl. Cook in microwave for 30-60 seconds, until butter is melted. Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  2. Prepare popcorn in your popcorn maker or on the stove top. Pour popcorn into large bowl. Slowly drizzle the sauce over the popcorn, evenly coating it. Generously sprinkle sea salt on top. Enjoy immediately.


16 Comments on Fall Spiced Popcorn

  1. Rebekah
    September 13, 2012 at 9:13 am (10 years ago)

    mmmm fall anything, pumpkin anything, popcorn, yummmmmmmm THANK YOU.
    I am in a Kaia Fit bootcamp right now too and its detox week for me so I cannot eat this right now but I am SO bookmarking it for later. LOVE IT.

    • Stephanie
      September 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm (10 years ago)

      @Rebekah – that’s awesome! I love Kaia! We just finished detoxing. Still eating as healthy as I can, but I figure maple syrup is better than refined sugar. Plus, it give an extra fall flavor in there.

    • Stephanie
      September 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm (10 years ago)

      @Laura – I hope your group enjoys it!

  2. shane
    September 14, 2012 at 12:23 am (10 years ago)

    that looks really good

    • Stephanie
      September 14, 2012 at 11:41 am (10 years ago)

      @Shane – thanks! It tastes as good as it looks 🙂

  3. Parsley Sage
    September 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm (10 years ago)

    This is pretty much the most awesome popcorn ever. That sauce sounds heavenly! Can’t wait to see what pumpkin baking you’ve got planned, too 🙂
    Parsley Sage recently posted Tukka’s Sunday Brunch

  4. Lori Stilger
    September 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm (10 years ago)

    This looks SO wonderful! I’m wondering if it would work with sugar-free maple syrup? I’m diabetic, and reg. maple syrup has more carbs in it than what I’m eating in two meals! 😀
    Lori Stilger recently posted Pear Butter

    • Stephanie
      September 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm (10 years ago)

      @Lori – I don’t see why not. Give it a try and let us know!

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