Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Popcorn

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Below are some great snacks for any holiday party, football get together or just curled up on the couch watching TV.

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Popcorn

1/4 cup butter
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup peanuts
8 cups of popped corn

In a microwave container, melt butter and add sugar and spices. Add nuts and coat well. In a large bowl place popped corn and pour in butter and nut mix, tossing to coat everything well.


Here is another caramel corn recipe that is so yummy too.

Sharon’s Caramel Corn

1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
1/3 cup light Karo syrup
1/2 tsp. soda
3 bags (popped) popcorn, kernels removed (I use Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop) 
Combine top three ingredients in a pan and cook at low heat on stove until it starts to bubble.  Stir occasionally.   Spray large paper bag with Pam and put popped popcorn inside.  When the caramel in pan start boiling add baking soda and stir (make sure sugar isn’t grainy before adding baking soda.  Pour over pop corn  and stir to mix it together a bit.
Fold top of bag down and cook  in microwave 1 Min.
Shake vigorously (I have to  think this is good exercise for arms and possibly justifies eating aq bit when your done:-)
Cook 1 minute, Shake Vigorously
Cook 20 seconds, Shake Vigorously
Cook 20 seconds, Shake  Vigorously
Pour in bowl and stir until it cools to keep mixture from clumping.
I turn the bag upside down every other time to better distribute the heat.  You need to have large microwave and bag needs to be turning around.  Some people add nuts, M&M’s etc. before cooking, but I never have — why mess with perfection :-)

For more quick and easy recipes like this, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!


Photo By: little blue hen


  1. Angie M. says

    I tried this last night. My two kids and I needed a treat for watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”. This hit the spot. I only had butter flavored microwave popcorn, so I popped a bag of that. The recipe calls for 8 cups of popped popcorn. According to the nutrition facts on the microwave popcorn, one bag makes 10 cups so I used 5 tablespoons of butter (recipe calls for 4 tablespoons) and a pinch more brown sugar. I decided to leave out the cinnamon and nutmeg this time. It was SO yummy! The microwave popcorn was a little salty and we LOVE sweet/salty popcorn. I was afraid that since the microwave popcorn was butter flavor it might be too buttery…but it wasn’t. It turned out really good. The kids said it reminded them of kettle corn and it kind of did…better I thought! We loved it and will be making it again. I will try popping plain popcorn sometime and add the cinnamon and nutmeg to the butter/brown sugar. Thanks Tawra and Jill for another yummy recipe!!!

    • says

      Thanks for letting us know how that worked with microwave popcorn so now we will know how to do it. For you or anyone else who happens to have Dining and like seasoned popcorn check out pages 316-317 and it is all popcorn recipes – different spices and flavors to add, barbecue, spiced and there is a too simple recipe for Kettle corn too.

  2. says

    I did this using brown sugar splenda and it had a nice mapley flavour. I also add a fair bit of salt since Don likes sweet and I like salty so it pleased both of us.

    was going to post on baked potatoes but there is no place to post a comment.

  3. sheila says

    This is the first time I have commented on anything, but I was fixing oatmeal the other day, and I wanted to flavor it somehow. I usually add butter and sugar to mine. Well I had purchased some hazelnut coffee creamer, the powered kind. I added about 4 T. of it to the oatmeal, and it was delicious. I was just thinking, when I read your popcorn/kettlecorn post, that instead of brown sugar, you may can add the hazelnut coffee creamer. I will try this later and let you know. Great website.

    • says

      Yes Janis we do. One of our many popcorn recipes in Dining on a Dime is
      Spiced Popcorn
      1 tsp. paprika
      1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
      1/2 tsp. ground cumin
      1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
      1/4 cup butter, melted

      Mix together and pour over popcorn.

    • says

      Clay we have many many posts on that subject plus Dining on a Dime is packed and we have a whole e book set on it. Here is a link to many of the posts – you can scroll down and start picking out which ones you would like to read – don’t forget the boxes at the bottom to take you to even more.
      Saving Money on Groceries posts

      For more here is our whole set of grocery saving e books

  4. Mary Jane says

    Years ago, a neighbour got us hooked on garlic and onion flavoured popcorn, on movie night. (The things you learn in the dead of winter, and town is 15 miles away on dark, snowy roads!) Just butter your popcorn as usual, then experiment with 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder, or onion powder and add to it to suit your taste. The only advice I have is to avoid what those same neighbours did….don’t have a garlic popcorn night when all of you have dental appointments first thing the next morning.

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