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Spiced Orange Popcorn

Sweet cinema-style popcorn with orange and spices – The perfect accompaniment to a Christmas film.
Active Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 80 g Popping Corn
  • ½ tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • Zest of ½ an Orange
  • 2 tsp Ground Mixed Spice


Make the Popcorn

  • Put the vegetable oil (½ tsp) into a saucepan and use some kitchen paper to spread it around to coat the bottom and sides of the pan.
  • Add the popping corn (80g)
  • Cover with a lid and place over a medium heat. Shake the pan occasionally as this helps to ensure that the popcorn at the bottom of the pan doesn't burn.
  • Once the pan is warm enough the corn will start popping, leave on the heat until all the corn has popped - the popping sounds will die down to about once every second.
  • As soon as the corn has popped, remove from the heat and tip the popcorn into a large bowl (the biggest you can find) - You don't want to leave the popcorn in the pan as the residual heat may burn the corn at the bottom making it taste bitter.

Make the spiced orange flavouring

    • Place a small saucepan over a low heat.
    • Add the butter (2 tbsp), light brown sugar (2 tbsp) and golden syrup (2 tbsp) and continue to heat until the butter has melted.
    • Remove from the heat.
    • Add the ground mixed spice (2 tsp) and grated orange zest (½ orange).
    • Stir to combine all of the ingredients and pour over the cooked popcorn
    • Toss the popcorn in the flavouring until there is a fine coating on all of the corn.
    • Serve


    If you would prefer to make your popcorn in the microwave you can find instructions here.
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    Serving: 15g | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.8mg

    Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

    Course: Snack