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November 12, 2018

[New Recipe] Grandma Elsie's Spiced Holiday Popcorn | #ThanksgivingRecipe


It's that time of year again where we’re excited to honor Grandma Elsie with a new recipe featuring her world famous spice mix. Our dear friends, Brad Whitworth and Peg Champion of Grandma Elsie’s “West Coast Test Kitchen” have cooked up a new and exciting Thanksgiving snack recipe – Grandma Elsie’s Spiced Holiday Popcorn (with a kick)!

We’ve tried it, and love it, and are happy to share the recipe with you.


  • ¼ cup olive oil
Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup canola oil (can substitute grapeseed oil or coconut oil)
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
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  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt



  • Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over low heat until just heated through.
  • Stir in the paprika, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon spices and remove from heat. 
  • In a large (4-quart or larger) heavy-bottomed pot, add the canola oil and two popcorn kernels and heat over medium high heat. 
  • After the kernels have popped, add the remaining ½ cup of kernels, cover and shake the pot constantly for about 3 minutes. Stop when there is a few seconds’ pause between kernel popping. 
  • Quickly transfer the popcorn to a large serving bowl big enough to mix the popcorn.
  • Add half of the popcorn to the bowl and stir the spiced oil well. Drizzle half of it over the first half of the popcorn.
  • Add the second half of the popcorn and drizzle with the remaining oil. Using your hands, mix thoroughly until the popcorn is evenly coated.
  • Then sprinkle with Grandma Elsie’s spice mix and kosher salt and mix again.
  • Taste, adjusting with more Grandma Elsie’s or salt as desired.
  • Serve immediately.

We hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do.

For a printable recipe card, click here.

Planning to make Grandma Elsie's Spiced Holiday Popcorn? We would love it if you shared how it turned out with us below.

—David Grossman

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