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Sweet & Spicy Chipotle-Honey Caramel Corn Recipe

A bowl of homemade caramel corn with pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and pumpkin pie spice. Perfect for fall snacking, sweet and spicy with chipotle powder.

Glazed popcorn and autumnal weather are a perfect match, and I dared to enhance the experience by adding everyone’s favorite fall flavor—pumpkin pie spice! There’s no snack better to pass around a backyard bonfire with my friends while telling our favorite stories from summer.

This recipe even reminds me of breaking into that classic cardboard box filled with the sticky sweetness of glazed popcorn and peanuts, digging for the mystery prize hiding within! As much as that prize delighted my kid self, however, adult me isn’t so excited about all the added sugars, corn syrup, and low-quality oils of conventional prepackaged caramel corns. These days, I do my best to avoid GMOs and processed sugars. Happily, the amazing flavors that pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and a hint of chipotle bring to this DIY caramel corn are unbeatable, making it a healthy alternative for adult me! For even more autumn flare, I decided to forego the peanuts and substitute pumpkin and hemp seeds to ensure my sweet tooth isn’t having all the fun.

This snack is easy to make in large batches, too! Everyone can fill their bowl while cozying up to a movie at home, and it makes a great addition to any harvest potluck.

Ingredients for making sweet and spicy popcorn at home. Pumpkin pie spice, popping corn, chipotle powder, pumpkin seeds, and hemp seeds come together for a perfect fall snack.

Chipotle Honey Caramel Corn with Pumpkin Pie Spice

Makes 6 cups of caramel corn. Easily double or triple this recipe for a big bowl of crunch!



  1. Preheat oven to 250° F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together popcorn and pumpkin seeds and set aside.
  3. Whisk together honey, oil, spices, salt, and vanilla extract.
  4. Drizzle over popcorn and pumpkin seeds and, using a rubber spatula, toss well to coat.
  5. Sprinkle in hemp seeds and toss again.
  6. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread evenly to create a single layer.
  7. Bake until popcorn starts to caramelize (about 5 minutes) and toss with a spatula.
  8. Continue to bake, tossing every 5 minutes, for a total of 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and sprinkle with more salt, to taste.
  10. If needed, return to oven and bake a little longer until light and crispy. Allow to cool for several minutes before devouring.
  11. Store in a closed container for 2 to 3 days. Enjoy!


Looking for another healthy, Homemade snack?

Try These Spicy Kale Chips with Nettle!


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Topics: Culinary, Recipes, Specialty Ingredients


Written by Tim on September 17, 2019

Tim is our Marketing Assistant here at Mountain Rose Herbs. He arrived in Oregon after serving in Zambia as a Peace Corps Volunteer where he worked on a variety of projects ranging from food security, conservation farming, and HIV/AIDS outreach. His first years in Oregon were spent working in rural, coastal areas, researching food systems and the impacts of local food programs. Tim spends most of his free time playing guitar for his band that tours throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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