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I think the snow is beautiful.  I love it when I’m at home, and the snow is falling outside and we can sit inside and cuddle in blankets and watch movies.  I love it when we wake up on Christmas morning to inches of snow outside.  But I have to admit – I don’t like to be out in the snow so much.

I know, I know – I live in the wrong state.  Sadly, I’m not a skier or a snowboarder.  I’ve been snowmobiling once, and it was fun, but I would never want to go out and buy my own snowmobile.  But the reason why I dislike the snow the most?

I – hate – driving – in – it.

Last night, I had to drive through some horrible snow.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been that frightened before while driving.  Luckily, the roads weren’t slick, but I couldn’t see the lines at all.  And I was on the freeway.  I’m just glad there wasn’t a lot of traffic, because honestly,  I don’t even know if I was in my lane or not.  I’m just glad that I stayed on the road, and that I eventually made it home.

So needless to say, these fall/winter days are my least favorite of the year – when it comes to the weather.

Pecan Pie Popcorn | Taste and Tell

But when it comes to the food, I have a totally different opinion about this time of year.  I love this time of year for the food!  The pies, the turkeys, the rolls… I love it all.  I guess you just need to stick me at home, with no car, and surround me with the wonderful holiday food.  Then I’ll be a happy girl!

I saw this take on popcorn a few weeks back in an email, and I knew I had to try it out.  Which is funny, because I didn’t even really like pecan pie until a few years ago.  But I love any sort of flavored popcorn, and this one really intrigued me.

This Pecan Pie Popcorn was seriously addicting.  My mom and I pretty much finished it off all by ourselves.  I had some doubts when I was making it though.  The butter sauce never really thickened up for me, and when I poured it over the popcorn, a lot of my popcorn shrunk down since the butter was still so wet.  I thought it was all going to turn into a goopy mess, but after baking it, it came out really well.  I wish the kernels would have still been big and fluffy, but I guess it didn’t really matter that much, since the whole bowl of it got polished off pretty quickly!

Pecan Pie Popcorn | Taste and Tell

Pecan Pie Popcorn
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This twist on caramel corn gives you the flavors from a holiday favorite - pecan pie.
Serves: 7 cups
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 7 cups popped popcorn
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 250F.
  2. In a small pan over medium heat, combine the maple syrup and brown sugar. Whisk and cook for 5 minutes. Whisk in the butter and salt and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On the sheet, mix the popcorn, pecans and maple butter and spread in an even layer.
  4. Cook in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, stirring once.
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  6. Recipe from Rachael Ray website



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19 Responses to Saturdays with Rachael Ray – Pecan Pie Popcorn

  1. I love popcorn and this looks delish! Ive been meaning to try some fancier popcorn recipes like this…looks great.

  2. Katrina says:

    Oh how I love flavoured popcorn! This sounds fabulous.

  3. Kim says:

    This looks and sounds phenomenal! I understand how you and your Mom could polish it off so easily.

  4. Love this recipe, what a great snack for the holidays! Pinned 🙂

  5. Rosa says:

    That’s a great treat! II love the idea.



  6. Chels R. says:

    Popcorn is such a weakness for me! I’m drooling!!!

  7. Kalyn says:

    Glad you made it home ok. I hate driving in snow.

    This popcorn sounds seriously tasty!

  8. Vicki says:

    The nuts did not stick to the popcorn. The taste is great. Would have liked for the pecans to have stuck. I am going to make recipe again tonight and cook until the butter sauce is a little thicker, like soft ball stage stage. I plan to use the nuts that didn’t stick and try them again.

  9. YUM! This sounds incredible! I totally wish I could have groceries delivered in the winter…then I could just stay home and make fabulous things to eat. Winter would be so much more enjoyable that way 🙂

  10. Lucie says:

    I am not sure why this turned out so wet and greasy from the butter. Did anyone else have this issue. I followed the recipe to the T. The flavor is good but it is so messy with the butter, I guess I thought it may dry our more after cooling.

    • Deborah says:

      @Lucie, Lucie, I mentioned it in the blog post, but mine was pretty wet when I poured the butter over the popcorn. But when mine came out of the oven, it wasn’t wet anymore. Maybe cooking it a little longer will help?

  11. I could definitely do some damage to this recipe! It looks amazing! I love the food this time of year too…and miss the snow (though I’ll admit, I definitely don’t miss driving in it.) I moved from Ohio to Arizona 3 years ago and 75+ degrees definitely doesn’t feel like the holidays.

  12. Joanne says:

    Living in NYC, I RARELY drive but I remember one winter break when I was staying with my parents (who live in Queens…still NYC but much more suburban). I was driving home from the gym and there was really bad ice and I was skidding EVERYWHERE> Scariest drive EVER. I could have used some of this popcorn to comfort me when I got home.

  13. teresa says:

    i’m not a fan of snow driving either, especially in the morning when it’s all iced over, gross! what i do love is this amazing popcorn, what a way to enjoy the indoors!

  14. pretty sure i’d have no trouble eating a batch of this either! it sounds wonderful!

  15. Beth says:

    If you add a tsp of baking soda after everything has come to a boil, it foams up like when you make peanut brittle. It makes it really easy to pour over the popcorn and less greasy. I make this all the time and don’t even bother with the nuts!

  16. William says:

    If you will clarify or rather melt the butter, let it sit, and then pour the butter oil off the top leaving the water behind the popcorn will not collapse when the mix is poured over it.

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