Sweet Musings with a Bitterly Sharp Wit

Pop It Like It’s Hot


Freshly fallen leaves have settled in crispy piles everywhere the eye can see, while cooler breezes have swept away the summer heat so thoroughly and completely, it’s hard to believe we ever faced such oppressive temperatures. For most people, this shift tends to evoke thoughts of apples, pumpkins, and mulled wine, but for me, this time is inextricably linked with a craving for popcorn, of all things. Popcorn was never a part of any particular seasonal traditions in my childhood, nor was it reserved only for specific times of year, but something about the colder weather and advancing calendar days makes me crave the crunchy stuff. Best of all is the sweet and salty combination of kettle corn, packing in a more satisfyingly crispy texture than plain old Jiffy Pop.

There’s just one self-imposed rule to my annual popcorn cravings: Never pop the same flavors twice. This year, I was inspired by a recent taste of sriracha popcorn, a delightfully fiery little snack that delivered a nice, warm burn with every bite. What it lacked was balance, and all I could do was dream of how much better the concept could be executed with just a bit of sweetness to round things out… At least, until I got into the kitchen for myself.

Like standard kettle corn, these sweet, salty, and spicy little morsels couldn’t be easier or faster to whip up. Whether it’s a sudden craving that strikes or a house full of hungry guests to accommodate, you can’t go wrong with this crowd-pleasing treat. Adjust the sriracha to taste, depending on just how hot you like it.

Sriracha Kettle Corn

3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup Popcorn Kernels
1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
3 – 5 Teaspoons Sriracha
1/2 – 1 Teaspoon Flaky Sea Salt

Heat the coconut oil in a large stockpot over medium heat, along with two or three kernels. Keep covered, and when the first few kernels pop, go ahead and add in the rest, along with the sugar and sriracha. Stir well to coat before quickly covering with the lid once more. Shake the pot constantly and vigorously to prevent your corn from burning. This is critical for even cooking and fewer “dead” (unpopped) kernels as well.

Once the popping has slowed to one every two to three seconds, remove the pot from the heat and uncover, continuing to shake for a few minutes until the popping has stopped. Pour the popcorn out onto a sheet pan and sprinkle evenly with salt, to taste. Let cool and break up the large clumps, picking through to remove any unpopped popcorn kernels that might remain.

Makes 8 – 10 Cups Popcorn

Printable Recipe


Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

22 thoughts on “Pop It Like It’s Hot

  1. Great post! I’ve never really associated popcorn with a particular season, but I certainly eat for of it in the colder months when I’m in front of the TV more often.


  2. … I feel like popcorn now!! Tasty and beautiful, thank you!!! xxx


  3. sweet, salty and spicy sounds like the absolute perfect combination! I’m definitely more in the mood for popcorn these days thanks for colder weather bringing movie marathons :)


  4. Now all I need is a good film to watch!!


  5. I love hot and spicy snacks however I am most definitely a savoury, not a sweet girl. I like my snacks hot and savoury. Love the look of this popcorn Hannah, I am sure that you will spice up the tastebuds of many a happy vegan with this one :)


  6. I have a husband who loves Sriracha, so I may have to try this for him.



  7. This sounds so great! A spicy-sweet combo can be a lot of fun. I’ve been needing to replace my sriracha for a while now…and break out ye olde popcorn maker.


  8. Mmm Sriracha is the best! Delicious looking popcorn :D

    Choc Chip Uru


  9. Funny you should mention a craving for popcorn. I was just dying for some last night. I popped a big batch, and it hit the spot. This version sounds delightful!


  10. I made this recipe! So unusual for me,..but so delicious too! xxx


  11. I’m not usually a fan of kettle corn but toss in sriracha and I’m in for at least a bowl or two. Large bowls. :-)


  12. Would this work with maple syrup in place of the sugar?


  13. Reblogged this on Vegan Coyote.


  14. Sriracha popcorn?! Yes please!! I am making this tonight for sure. Thank you for the inspiration!


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  16. I am going to try this recipe and surprise my husband with it. They look so delicious. Thanks


  17. I’m eating this right now and it’s blowing my mind. Thanks for this terrific idea!


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  19. i tried making this a few times and it burnt every single time.. any suggestions on things i may be doing wrong? I’m following the instructions exactly


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