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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 28g 43%
  • Carbs 60g 20%
  • Saturated 11g 57%
  • Fiber 4g 17%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 48g
  • Monounsaturated 10g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 6g 11%
  • Cholesterol 41mg 14%
  • Sodium 620mg 26%
  • Calcium 71mg 7%
  • Magnesium 46mg 11%
  • Potassium 312mg 9%
  • Iron 2mg 10%
  • Zinc 1mg 6%
  • Phosphorus 141mg 20%
  • Vitamin A 135µg 15%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 2%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 14%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 3%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 19%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 14µg 4%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 1%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 4µg 5%
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