Tequila Lime Chile Caramel Popcorn

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The Oscars come once a year and like other “holidays” it’s a moment in time to make some delicious snacks for friends and family. We are sharing one of our new favorite snacks called Tequila Lime Chile Caramel Popcorn.

Art and I will be sitting in front of the tube watching all the fashion hits and busts down the red carpet, channeling our Joan Rivers saying, “That bitch stole my look!”

One thing you won’t see Art and I doing this year is throwing our popcorn at the TV because this popcorn recipe is too darn good. The hint of tequila and lime compliment the sweetness of the caramel beautifully. At first you don’t taste the cayenne pepper until it sneaks up in the back of your throat and you get just enough of a kick to want more. This awards show, add our Tequila Lime Chile Caramel Popcorn to the mix.


1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar1/2 cup corn syrup
2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
2 jiggers tequila
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of 2 limes
6 quarts popped popcorn (about three bags of microwave popcorn)


Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Place popcorn in a very large bowl. Spray two large shallow baking dishes with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, cayenne pepper, corn syrup, tequila, fresh lime juice, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly for about five minutes. Boil without stirring 4 additional minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.

Place popcorn in two large shallow baking dishes. Zest limes over popcorn. Bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

Enjoy the show!

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