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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

Today I'm going to share a recipe I learned about from my brother's ex-girlfriend.

Which has the potential to be awkward.

But it's not.

Because she's awesome.

He's awesome.

They both married really awesome people.

And she makes awesome popcorn.

And awesome sweet treats trump awesome awkward every day of the week.

Check out her blog.  It's awesome, too.


Here's what you'll need.

12 cups popped popcorn

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup Karo syrup

1 stick real butter (1/2 cup)

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla


Ready?  It super easy.  And super delish.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Pop 12 cups of popcorn.

Steph used a fancy popper.

I got some help from old man Orville.

I bag = 12 cups.

Set popcorn aside.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a microwave safe bowl.

Have your assistant keep busy by breaking up the brown sugar chunks.

Cut stick of butter into pats.

Place on top of sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Pour Karo syrup on top.

Microwave on high for 30 seconds.


Microwave for 2 minutes.

Stir again.

Microwave for 2 additional minutes.

Mixture will be crazy hot and look like it will bubble over.

But it won't.

Quickly add your baking soda and vanilla.

It gets fizzy and foamy.

A little mini science experiment, right there in the kitchen.

I was so distracted by all the excitement, I didn't even get a picture.

My assistant ditched me for her bike so she missed out.


It starts to harden very fast.

So quit looking at the science experiment.

And step on it.


Gently fold the mixture into the popcorn.

Coat well.

Transfer popcorn to a foil lined baking sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Let cool.

Your assistant will miraculously return.

And she'll bring a friend.

That has no pants on.


  1. anything that involves liquifying sugar i stay far far away from.

    anything that involves eating formerly liquified sugar i seem to not be able to stay away from.

    please promise me you aren't bringing this tonight.

    and i LOVE stephanie! and now i love her even more!

  2. WOWZAS that looks yummy! I have a recipe for cinnamon bun pancakes (& icing syrup topping) if you're ever interested in eating this in breakfast form:)

  3. you're trying to make me fatter aren't you. it looks so so so sooo good!

  4. is this payback for posting about fries?

  5. i love awkward exes. pretty much my favorite awkward. and ummmmm... you and orville need to break up. do you have a pot with a lid? that's all you need. and some oil. and i might have looked you up on facebook tonight. do you know there are about 798 jessica johnsons? i don't know-- but there was alot. so i gave up when i started feeling stalkerish. how far do you live from san fransisco? cause i think we are visiting there in the fall... and you know i might want to go to target. :)

  6. Oh man, this recipe is going to get me in trouble. I super love cinnamon rolls. I'm in detox mode this week, but I'll be making this soon!

  7. Wow. No other words, but wow. This looks divine and I would win Wife of the Century award if I made this for my hubby. I am going to make this ASAP (we all like to win awards, right?)! :-)

  8. OK, stop it right now.
    I cannot handle looking at this caramel-y popcorn.
    I already have serious self-control issues when it comes to kettle corn,
    and this just might push me straight into some sort of popcorn rehab.

  9. that popcorn looks divine and I'm guessing it's less calories than a Cinnabon so I'm definitely going to have to make it. keep those awesome bro's ex's recipes coming ;)

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog .... hope you have had a fabulous week.

  11. I am curious, if I make this will the assistant and the friend (with or without pants) show up at my house? That be great!!

  12. you had me at popcorn! this looks delicious. my only concern is that i would make and eat the popcorn before i finished whipping up this recipe. self-control, self-control.