I love popcorn, from simple to unusual flavors, it’s easy to make and fills that snack void perfectly. I can easily sit and finish off a whole bowl all by myself. I’ve been experimenting with different popcorn toppings lately just for fun. You may already be familiar with my last one, Sweet Zen Popcorn, which is a green tea and sugar mix. Green tea is good for you so why not put in on popcorn too! This chocolate chai seasoning came about on a whim and ended up being a great combination. Hints of cacao and warming chai spice flavors with a touch of sweetness makes for another delicious popcorn topping.
My preferred method of making popcorn is the stovetop method where it’s popped in a large stock pot. I purchased the stock pot you’ll see here from Etsy which is super lightweight making it easy to do the happy dance at the end when adding my spices. It only cost me $20 and can be used for a variety of things. Using a popcorn machine will do too and is great for those who prefer the ease of using one. Keep in mind that you can make the stovetop method without any oil, or a tad less than the recipe calls for, but the seasoning won’t stick as well. Speaking of oils and nutrition, one cup of air popped popcorn contains only 30 calories per cup. Our 3 tablespoons of coconut oil contains around 350 calories and the spices add very minimal calories, not enough to factor in. Altogether, this recipe contains approx. 770 calories for about 14 cups of popcorn. Not too bad if you like to share! I hope you enjoy this version of gourmet popcorn I’ve brought with me today. I’ve got a few more in mind to share in the future so we’ll have plenty of options when it comes to gourmet popcorn. Cheers!
Gather your ingredients and let’s get popping!
CHOCOLATE CHAI POPCORN
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 cup organic popcorn
- 3 teaspoons coconut sugar or organic cane sugar
- 2 teaspoons cocoa/cacao powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon clove or nutmeg
- pinch of mineral salt, optional
In a small bowl, mix your spices. Feel free to use heaping measurements. Measure your popcorn.
In a large stock pot, add coconut oil, cover and heat over medium high heat for about 2 1/2 minutes. Add popcorn, cover with lid, place dish cloth over the top with the ends wrapped around the side handles and shake back and forth continuously, or at least every 10 seconds give a good shake, until you hear popping, anywhere from 1 -3 minutes. Continue shaking back and forth to prevent popcorn from burning. Once popping comes to a minimum, lift lid, add spices, cover tightly, carefully lift pot and tilt, round and round, upside down, every which way you can while twirling your hips and doing the happy popcorn dance. It’s the best way to really get that popcorn coated and ready! Lift the lid, if you have a lot of seasoning on the lid or sides of the pot, scrap it off with a flat edged spatula and mix it in.
Serve and enjoy with a smile.
Makes about 12 to 14 cups.
If you don’t have all the spices, you can still make a flavorful topping using just a few…try simply using sugar, cocoa and cinnamon.
If you happen to have the Tazo Chai Tea bags on hand, they will work too. Cut open 3 tea bags, combine with sugar and cocoa. Add once popcorn is ready.
I went for sweetness on this recipe, feel free to omit the sugar or lessen it. If you omit the sugar, you may opt to add 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon black pepper for a more authentic chai spice.