Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

by Marla on October 17, 2012 · 57 comments

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Guess what today is? A very special day to indulge in Maple Pumpkin Popcorn & to celebrate Lisa Thiele (With Style and Grace). Today is her virtual baby shower! A bunch of blogger pals have collaborated to throw her a virtual baby shower.

Ready to feast your eyes? Hopefully you can whip up your own bowl of popcorn to celebrate with us!

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Before we get started making this popcorn let me give you a taste of what you are creating here. Picture this: caramel corn meets a nutty brittle.

This popcorn is all natural and maple sweetened. Nuts add some salty crunch and I tossed it all with some lightly salted puffy white popcorn to balance everything out.

Like this…

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Baby showers are so fun aren’t’ they?! Celebrating with friends and family about the upcoming arrival of a sweet baby is one of life’s greatest joys.

I met Lisa two summers ago at the evo ’11 conference. We had been friends online and hit it off for reals right away. We enjoyed early morning chat sessions & long talks on the treadmill at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. A super fun time. We re-connected this spring at beautiful Redwood Hill Farm.

We both have gobs in common and I am so happy to celebrate her almost here baby boy!



Lisa, I designed this invite for you. Hope you like it…

I have a little boy too and he is the love of my life (so is his sister) My little guy  is 5 now, but will ALWAYS be my baby boy! Where the time goes I have not a clue, but I love watching my kids grow.


I created this fall flavored popcorn recipe for your shower because it is simple to prepare, is gluten free, really healthy and I thought you would enjoy it too.

Popcorn is great all the time. I packed this on  hikes I took in Telluride this week. I added a few extra nuts to it and made it more of a trail mix. Make it as nutty or not nutty as you want.

Maple-Pumpkin-Popcorn-Marla-Meridith-IMG_4104 This popcorn can easily be:

  • Trail Mix
  • Pre or post workout snack
  • Dessert
  • Yogurt Parfait topping (you really need to try this)
  • Oatmeal Topping (yes!)
  • Cereal ~ serve with milk!
  • Shower, Party food

I really had this with milk and pretended it was a breakfast cereal. I mean why not, right?

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So you can just munch this popcorn out of hand ~ or experiment with playful ideas.

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I am sure you all ready figured that I have a Popcorn board on Pinterest too.

You will LOVE all of the popcorn recipes over there.

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What is your favorite popcorn recipe?

Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 15 quarts

Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn


  • 2 cups (430 g) Popcorn Kernels
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup (260 g) pure Maple Syrup (I prefer Grade B)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Pumpkin Purée
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 cup (110 grams) Roasted Salted Pecans, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 250 F with the rack in the middle. Pop your popcorn in the microwave or over the stove. Set one half of the popcorn aside and lightly salt it. Remove any kernels if necessary.
  • In a small sauce pan melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Stir in maple syrup, pumpkin, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Bring to a boil, stir and remove from the heat.
  • Pour maple syrup oven 1/2 of the popcorn in a large bowl. Combine well with a pair of tongs. The popcorn will flatten and get soggy at this point, but don't worry because it will crisp up after you bake it.
  • Pour the popcorn onto a large baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes. Toss with tongs every 15 minutes. The last 15 minutes of baking time add the chopped pecans.
  • Remove popcorn from the oven, let it cool. Break up the larger pieces with your fingers and toss with the other 1/2 of the white popcorn.
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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit October 17, 2012 at 2:25 am

Virtual baby shower, how awesome! And some lovely ladies that are contributing, too. What a great idea. Thanks for including my popcorn balls in the mix. I absolutely love the idea of adding pumpkin spice to popcorn. Will definitely be doing that next time I make a batch! Enjoy your day, Marla :)


2 Aggie October 17, 2012 at 2:53 am

This looks perfect Marla, I know Lisa would love it! Thanks for coordinating and including me in Lisa’s special day!


3 the 3volution of j3nn October 17, 2012 at 4:43 am

Do I have to share this popcorn? This is one serving right? :D ha! Looks deeelish!


4 Rachel Cooks October 17, 2012 at 5:47 am

You had me at “popcorn!” Looks amazing! Lisa is a lucky girl, what a fun shower.


5 Brian @ A Thought For Food October 17, 2012 at 6:33 am

What a lovely gluten-free treat for Lisa! Love this recipe! Thanks for cohosting! :-)


6 Bev @ Bev Cooks October 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

Waaaaaant thiiiiiis.


7 Deliciously Organic October 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

How sweet of you all to gather for a virtual baby shower! This popcorn looks to-die-for!!


8 Sandy @ RE October 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

Fantastic recipe and photography as usual, Marla! Thanks for hosting the shower. Lisa is going to love it! xo


9 Marla October 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

Sandy, so happy you could join in on the fun!!


10 Maria October 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

Perfect shower treat! Wish I could grab a handful:)


11 Marla October 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

Maria, wish we could all REALLY be together today eating popcorn and everything else!


12 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

What a fun shower for Lisa! Glad you all were able to coordinate something for her. You are so good about that stuff, Marla!

And this popcorn…maple-pumpkin-spice + Popcorn. That is so me!


13 Marla October 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

Hi Averie, so wish we could have met up today ~ would have brought you some popcorn!


14 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. October 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

This looks absolutely fantastic! And thank you for linking my popcorn recipe!


15 Lisa | With Style and Grace October 17, 2012 at 11:04 am

You do know that popcorn is my absolute weakness! :) I’m still speechless. Feels like just yesterday we were planning Maria’s virtual baby shower. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you, Marla. Thank you so very much for co-hosting and creating THE coolest invites! I’m all about grey these days – even painted the nursery grey :) Thank you, thank you!!


16 Marla October 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Yay! Lisa, I am so happy we could all surprise you with this. Wishing you the best in the upcoming weeks. Can’t wait to meet your baby boy :)


17 Katie October 17, 2012 at 11:15 am

You did a stellar job on the invite…next time I have a baby, I’m calling YOU. Also, I’d like this popcorn for lunch PUHLEEZE.


18 Andrea October 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

This looks absolutely amazing. I’ve been loving homemade popcorn lately! But this flavor combo!? I’m doin’ it. :)

Also, just thought I’d mention that the year is 2012, not 2013 ;)


19 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] October 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Pumpkin, maple and popcorn is such a great combination!


20 Liz @ Virtually Homemade October 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for the popcorn shout out Marla. This pumpkin version looks amazing.


21 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm

This popcorn looks irresistible!


22 Alisa October 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I’m eating popcorn right now! This looks amazing Marla, and as usual, gorgeous photos. I just want to reach out and grab a handful!


23 Marla October 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Thanks so much Alisa. You just reminded me that I need to tag this popcorn as vegan & dairy free too!


24 Jeanette October 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

What a fun way to celebrate Lisa’s baby boy! Love this recipe and am going to make this for all my boys!


25 Marla October 18, 2012 at 4:51 am

Hi Jeanette! That sounds like a great idea. Thanks for stopping over to say hello :)


26 Sanjeeta kk October 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I like how much you focus on making each shot look so creative with all the props and angles! Amazing…love the flavors of maple infused popcorns.


27 Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog October 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm

This looks sooo addicting!


28 Irvin @ Eat the Love October 18, 2012 at 12:37 am

I love popcorn. In fact, my partner AJ and I are utterly obsessed with it, and the combination of maple and popcorn is a winner in my book!


29 Minnie(@thelady8home) October 18, 2012 at 3:58 am

Wow Marla, this is simply a great one!!!! :-D Frankly speaking I can’t wait to go for them as soon as possible. Too good.


30 food-4tots October 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

They look fantastic!! Love the addition of roasted pecans!! A healthy snack that one will easily get addicted. ;)


31 Marla October 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I gotta agree with you. The lightly salted roasted pecans really make all the difference!


32 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Ooo, love those fall flavors!


33 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 19, 2012 at 7:33 am

looks great Marla! I had popcorn on my brain this week too. Miss you and hope you’re well


34 Cassie | Bake Your Day October 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

This is stunning, Marla! Popcorn is a favorite snack of mine!


35 Liz October 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Perfect party food! I could make a whole bowl of this yumminess disappear!


36 Marla October 20, 2012 at 5:26 am

Hi Liz! It was hard to practice self control when this came out of the oven ~ another bonus is your house will smell amazing when you bake it!


37 tom gilley October 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Yum, that looks delicious!


38 DebbieAnne October 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm

This looks fantastic. Can it be stored overnight with the “white” popcorn in there?


39 Marla October 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

It can, just be sure to store in a cool/dry place.


40 danielle October 21, 2012 at 6:33 am

This looks sooo good! I wanted to let you know that I featured this yesterday in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see!


41 HeatherChristo October 22, 2012 at 7:53 am

flavored popcorn is my favorite Marla- what a great variety!


42 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles October 22, 2012 at 9:22 am

Ooooo…this looks fabulously delicious, and so pretty, too!


43 aida mollenkamp October 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Such a great invite design, Marla! And that popcorn looks addictive.


44 Jen October 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Popcorn is my absolute favorite snack. Adding maple syrup and pumpkin sounds amazing. Great idea.


45 susan October 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

As I work, alone, all day today, I so wish I had a big bowl of this to keep me company. Yummy stuff, Marla!


46 Meagan Marion October 26, 2012 at 12:13 am

Fall is here, bring on the pumpkin. Great ideas for how to use the popcorn as trail mix, yogurt parfait topping or as a cereal. I’ll have to try this!


47 Esi November 7, 2012 at 8:26 am

Such a fun snack for a party or movie night.


48 Jessica November 8, 2012 at 7:16 am

WOW, popcorn with a twist. I’ll have to try this. Thanks for sharing.


49 Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books June 22, 2013 at 6:28 am

Your popcorn recipe sounds delicious! =)


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