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Salted Margarita Popcorn

Salted Margarita Popcorn


  • 8 servings
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins

This light caramel popcorn is accented with zesty lime, tequila, brown sugar and sea salt for a fun snack thatā€™s based on a classic summer cocktail.


Amount Ingredient
8 cups popcorn (make sure to remove all unpopped kernels)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup liquid honey
2 tbsp freshly grated lime zest
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup tequila
2 tsp sea salt, divided
3/4 tsp baking soda


  1. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray large bowl with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Transfer popcorn to prepared bowl.
  3. In heavy-bottomed medium saucepan set over medium heat, stir together brown sugar, butter, honey, lime juice, tequila and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  4. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until sugar mixture is golden brown and has reached the hard-ball stage. To test, add a few drops of sugar syrup to a glass of ice-cold water; if the sugar syrup solidifies, the mixture is ready.
  5. Stir in baking soda. (The caramel may foam.) Working quickly and carefully, pour caramel over popcorn, stirring to evenly coat.
  6. Arrange popcorn mixture on prepared baking sheet, spreading into an even layer. Sprinkle with lime zest and remaining salt. Let set until firm.

Tip:Ā Add 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest for another citrus accent if desired.

Recipe compliments of The Popcorn Board

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