Caramel-Masala Popcorn and Pistachios

Caramel-Masala Popcorn and Pistachios
Jennifer Martiné


  • 8 Cups  popped popcorn (about 1/4 cup kernels)
  • 1 Cup  chopped toasted pistachios
  • 1/2 Cup  unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons  garam masala
  • 1 Cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup  light corn syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon  fleur de sel, coarse or flaky sea salt, or kosher salt

Looking for something a little different from the usual buttery popcorn? Look no further than this homemade sweet and savory snack, with a little exotic kick from garam masala, an Indian spice mix.

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Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. 

Put the popcorn in a large baking dish, roasting pan, or broiler pan and scatter the pistachios over. Set aside. Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the garam masala and cook, stirring, until quite aromatic, about 1 minute.

Add the brown sugar and corn syrup and cook, stirring often, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture comes just to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the baking soda, which will lighten and expand the mixture. Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and pistachios and stir to combine. Sprinkle the salt evenly over the popcorn. (Don't worry about the caramel not evenly coating the popcorn at this point.)

Bake the popcorn for 1 hour, removing the pan from the oven every 15 minutes to stir the popcorn well and help distribute the caramel evenly. Set the pan aside to cool, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking. When cool, transfer the caramel corn to a serving bowl.

If you are not serving the popcorn within a few hours, store it in an airtight container for 1-2 days. 


Calories per serving:

491 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 168g 258%
  • Carbs 360g 120%
  • Saturated 69g 343%
  • Fiber 23g 93%
  • Trans 4g
  • Sugars 246g
  • Protein 34g 67%
  • Cholesterol 244mg 81%
  • Sodium 3,721mg 155%
  • Calcium 418mg 42%
  • Magnesium 273mg 68%
  • Potassium 1,920mg 55%
  • Iron 12mg 66%
  • Zinc 5mg 36%
  • Phosphorus 843mg 120%
  • Vitamin A 3,570IU 71%
  • Vitamin C 9mg 14%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 82%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 21%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 17%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 123%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 99µg 25%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 3%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 10mg 49%
  • Vitamin K 23µg 29%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 59g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 29g
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