Sea Salt & Maple Butter Pecan Popcorn

This is for the snack attack moments.

The times you need a lil somethin’ salty and a lil somethin’ sweet.

The moments when crunchy and crispy is all that your craving.

The days where you missed your morning train and your hair is a mess and ohemGEE can you believe it’s already April!?

This popcorn is for all of that.

I awoke today suffering from a sense of panic that for once wasn’t completely arbitrary.  As a drama queen it is not uncommon for me to wake up in a tizzy over petty and shallow concerns, many of which sound like; Is my bathroom scale really telling me the truth?  Is trashy TV making me dumb?  And what does it feel like to have real problems?

Ya know, the big stuff.

So when I got up this morning feeling like a nervous nitty, I ran through my usual checklist of meaningless concerns and found everything was okay.  Confused, I decided to ignore myself and just go about my day.  Then boom!  On the elliptical, minding my own business while I eye-roll at the Today Show, it all hit me like a tidal wave.

I’m suffering from Spring Fever.

Spring Fever!  How could I forget this fluttery feeling?  It’s one that means I am simultaneously panicked over how fast the year is going by, yet totally relieved that the warm weather is finally here.  It’s excitement!  It’s a mild sort of mania!  It’s a fever!

Get it?

Naturally I decided to celebrate with food, and I couldn’t think of a better way than this popcorn.  If you follow me on Instagram (which duh – you should) you’ll know I recently got an unreal shipment of goodies from Vermont Creamery.  Though I’m devastated I need to wait 19 more days till I can dive into their delicious cheese, I can enjoy their butters, and enjoy them I did.  Because the second I saw sea salt & maple butter, I knew I was making popcorn.

The beauty of this snack is that it’s not kettle corn sweet or movie theater salty, it strikes just the right balance.  Baking in the oven lends a lightly toasted finish – one that’s great even hours after it’s cooked- while the pecans provide great texture and nutty flavor.  Overall it’s a perfectly simple, perfectly easy, perfectly sweet & salty popcorn snack.

And you can eat it while skipping, too.

Sea Salt & Maple Butter Pecan Popcorn

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In large bowl combine pecans and popcorn, mixing well.  In another bowl, melt butter in microwave for ~30 seconds, then stir in maple syrup.  Pour sauce over popcorn mix, then toss until all pieces are well coated.
  2. Evenly spread out popcorn onto parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 300F for 15 minutes until lightly toasted, then remove from oven and season with sea salt before immediately serving.

ps- sea salt & maple butter = everything.

 

 

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31 Responses to “Sea Salt & Maple Butter Pecan Popcorn”

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — April 1, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    I’m not really a huge popcorn person, BUT I love sweet and salty popcorn — gets me every time.

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    • Christine replied: — April 1st, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

      then you’ll love this Nicole!

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — April 1, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

    I love that you added pecans to the popcorn, it’s such a great idea! I’m sure the flavors work very well together!

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    • Christine replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 10:36 am

      I love pecans, so I was more than eager to toss them in! thanks Layla

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    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — April 1, 2014 @ 5:03 pm

    This popcorn looks delicious, Christine! Love the flavor combinations and how easy this is to throw together!

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    • Christine replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 10:36 am

      thanks Gayle! it really is such a great, quick-fix snack

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — April 1, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

    That sea salt and maple butter sounds like heaven on Earth. And so do these popcorn. Ahhh so good – you bet I wouldn’t be able to stop at a handful!

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    • Christine replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 10:37 am

      girrrl I didn’t either! (ate the whole thing, duh)

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods — April 1, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

    I love popcorn. Probably eat way too much of it, but oh well. I love this sweet & salty combination. Yummy snacks like this are sure to help ease the spring fever :D

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    • Christine replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 10:38 am

      100% right? lol thanks Cindy!

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    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — April 1, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

    I love this popcorn recipe! I love the pecans in the recipe! Yummy! Pinning

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    • Christine replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 10:39 am

      thanks Sommer! so glad everyone is digging the pecans :)

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature — April 1, 2014 @ 11:13 pm

    Send HELP ———————–> I NEED this popcorn! Handfuls of it!

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    • Christine replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 10:39 am

      haha I feel you girrrl! thanks Ash

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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life — April 2, 2014 @ 1:10 am

    Well there’s pecans in here, and nuts are healthy, so this is health food, right? I think sea salt + maple is totally a flavor combo I need in my life.

    P.S. Holy willpower on that cheese shipment!

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    • Christine replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 11:02 am

      totally considering this health food! and ugh I know, legit dying to eat all that yummy cheese!

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    Christina@Asoulfultwist — April 2, 2014 @ 9:30 am

    Great pics Christine!! Pecans are my favorite, and this snack would do just the trick on movie night!

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    • Christine replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 11:22 am

      thanks Christina!

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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely — April 2, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

    This should surely cure your spring fever. The flavors in this sound amazing! I love salty and sweet : )

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    • Christine replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

      thanks Natalie!

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    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! — April 2, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    I could go for some popcorn right about now! Salty and sweet gets me every time…. I am pretty sure I could not stop nibbling on this once I start :)

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    • Christine replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

      who says I did?! lol yes per usual ate the whole thing, and loved every minute of it!

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    Beth @ bethcakes — April 2, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

    I didn’t realize it until I read this post, but I totally have Spring Fever. I’ve been so restless at work and unable to concentrate on things because it’s Spring! Now I need to celebrate with this popcorn. :) Love the sea salt and maple butter combo!

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    • Christine replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! thanks for stopping by Beth!

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    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes — April 2, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

    How about DELICIOUS! The only popcorn I like is like this – flavoured with great flavours like these Your photos are gorgeous of course!

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    • Christine replied: — April 2nd, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

      thanks Jessica! so sweet xx

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    Rachel @the dessert chronicles — April 3, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

    I’m totally one of those people that thinks maple syrup goes with everything, so this sounds like an extra stellar combo to me! I’m thinking I’ll make this for the final four game saturday night. Perfect game time snack food!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — April 3, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

    I would never be able to have just one bowl!

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — April 4, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    That sounds so good. Although I think I’d swap out for almonds. Because I just don’t love pecans. But it looks amazing!

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite — April 4, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    Tomorrow is supposed to be 60… 60!!!!!! How awesome is that?! I can’t wait for the weather to stay like this, so I can hang outside, maybe go for walks, all the while munching on this amazingness. That sea salt maple butter sounds legit!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — April 4, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    So, this needs to be actioned this weekend!!! Maple butter? Oh yes!

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