Grandma Elsie's Spiced Popcorn

Grandma Elsie’s Spiced Holiday Popcorn

(Makes 8 servings)



  1. 1/4 cup olive oil
  2. 1 teaspoon paprika
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/4 cup canola oil (can substitute grapeseed oil or coconut oil)
  6. 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  7. 1 tablespoon Grandma Elsie’s Famous Spices
  8. 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. 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.
  2. In a large (4-quart or larger) heavy-bottomed pot, add the canola oil and two popcorn kernels and heat over medium high heat.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Famous Spices and kosher salt and mix again. Taste, adjusting with more Grandma Elsie’s or salt as desired. Serve immediately.
From Grandma Elsie’s West Coast Test Kitchen
Brad Whitworth and Peg Champion