Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn Final 2 Remember these bad boys? Raise your hand if you’ve made them yet…..yeah, told ya they were the best and closest recipe! Ever since I got that recipe down, there hasn’t been a day gone by that I haven’t daydreamed about them. Seriously.THAT.Good.

Well, the other day, I didn’t have a few hours to spare and I needed my cinnamon bun fix. I did have 20 minutes or so to make something and stuff my face, so I chose to get a little wild, pop some corn on the stove top and slather it in cinnamon butter…and then drizzle with icing.

I’m all about healthy options…

Cause butter, cinnamon and sugar is MUCH healthier on popcorn.

It did the job, filled my tummy and tasted sweet, buttery and delicious! A great snack for me and my little one. And, didjaknow stovetop popcorn is one of the EASIEST things to make in the world EVER? Seriously it is. Want me to show you? M’kay! Let’s do it!

The very first thing you need to do is get your cinnamon butter ready for that hot popcorn. Sprinkle a teaspoon of cinnamon into 1/4 cup melted butter. popcorn 6

Stir it all up and set aside. popcorn 7

For this icing, measure out two tablespoons of half & half and pour it over 1/2 cup powdered sugar. You may need more or less depending on how drizzly you want it.  popcorn 9

You want this to be not too thick and not too thin. I’m so specific. Haha! popcorn 10

Now we can start on the popcorn. Pour some canola oil into the bottom of a large pot. popcorn 1

Sprinkle in some popcorn kernels. I used 1/2 cup because it was enough to cover the bottom of the pot in 1 even layer.   popcorn 2

Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid {or some foil if your lid can’t be found.} Turn a burner on high and start moving the pot back and forth over the heat. After a few minutes, the kernels will start popping. Once that popping starts slowing way down, it’s done!   popcorn 3

Pour the popcorn onto a sheet tray and get ready to live! popcorn 4

Drizzle the cinnamon butter over top the hot popcorn as evenly as you can along with the icing. popcorn 8

Stir to coat everything together and dig in!! Feel free to sprinkle a little extra cinnamon if you want to embrace the spice!  popcorn 12

This girl could not keep her eyes off of this afternoon snack!!
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We totally ate all of this in one day that’s how good it was.
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Enjoy, friends! Have a great weekend :)

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
a few dashes of salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon, or more if desired
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon half & half

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix butter and cinnamon together. Set aside. In a separate small bowl, mix powdered sugar with half & half until smooth. You may have to stir in a little more half & half to get it to drizzling consistency. Set aside.

Place oil and popcorn kernels into a large pot. Cover with tight fitting lid or foil. Place pot over high heat. Shake pot back and forth over hot burner to heat kernels evenly. Continue shaking the pot until the popcorn starts to pop. After a minute or two, the popping will slow right down and you'll have a pot full of popcorn. Dump the hot popcorn onto a baking sheet and drizzle with cinnamon butter immediately. Stir to coat. Drizzle the icing over the top and toss to coat as well. Serve warm, or let it cool so the icing can harden up a bit.

Recipe notes: It's important to keep the pot moving the entire time its over the heat--this ensures the kernels don't ever burn.

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — February 17, 2012 at 7:16 am

    This looks so good! I am sitting on a popcorn recipe b/c I can’t seem to get my butt in gear and edit my pics. I love caramel corn, and cinnamon bun popcorn…oh wow, that sounds wonderful!

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    Kathryn — February 17, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I love making my own popcorn and flavouring it how I like – this looks so delicious!

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    Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} — February 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I get cinnamon-bun cravings as well – what a great way to get my “fix” without all the trouble. I bet my kids would love this too!

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    Blog is the New Black — February 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Whaaaaat? YES PLEASE!

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    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — February 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    LOVE popcorn, this is a great idea to satisfy the cinnabon craving!

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — February 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    looks amazing!! What a sweet topping for popcorn :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — February 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    You are officially torturing me!

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    BertiesBakery — February 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I absolutely love popcorn, and now you just upped the scale!

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    • Marilyn Brennan — February 17th, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

      Is that a pun? (*.*)

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — February 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Snacking brilliance. Love it!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — February 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    YUM. I only recently learned that I could make popcorn on the stove – probably a good thing for my skinny jeans I didn’t know sooner, but I LOVE that it works!!

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    Marilyn Brennan — February 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    You know how to make a house a home and how to tempt….

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    Kerri Esten — February 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I do the same thing with butter, garam masala (1 tsp.-ish), granulated sugar (1 tsp.-ish) and a dash of salt. Melt it all together on the stove before you pop your corn and then pour it on. This is great even when the popcorn is cold. It has a little candy coating from the sugar. YUMMM

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    Asiya — February 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    My boys love popcorn!!! They want to eat it everyday. I know they would love this!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — February 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    i laughed at the serving size bc sometimes i pop 1/2 cup for myself! prettttttty sure i could finish off a batch of this myself! :)

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    Cassie — February 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    GREAT idea. Totally healthy. I love that shot of Brooke!

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    Srimathi — February 18, 2012 at 1:44 am

    I just bought a popcorn maker. Do you think I can just add the toppings? The air popped corn does not have any oil.

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    Hayhey — February 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I have a question!
    What’s the recipe for the third photo on your website image?
    Thanks!

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    Georganne (LilaLoa) — February 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    This looks SO GOOD!!!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — February 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Cinnamon bun popcorn! This is so cool! I have never flavoured my popcorn with anything other than butter and salt, so I really need to step out of the box and try something new.

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    You know that I have a total obsession with fun popcorn flavors… and this is awesome!!

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    Katie {Epicurean Mom} — February 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Oh my word!!! YES PLEASE!!!

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    Trader Joes Recipes — February 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    That popcorn looks divine and I’m guessing it’s less calories than a Cinnabon so I’m definitely going to have to make it.

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    Sheila — February 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Oh this looks very yummy! I bet it smells amazing too! ; D

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    honeywhatscooking — February 19, 2012 at 5:56 am

    what a great idea. i love cinnamon-buns.. so i couldn’t imagine why i wouldn’t love the popcorn. creative

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    grace — February 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    GREAT idea. this is absolutely the finest batch of popcorn i’ve ever seen.

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    From Valerie's Kitchen — February 20, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Genius! Gotta try this one.

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    Sarah G. — February 21, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I just got done making (and devouring) this popcorn. It was AMAZING and my children loved it as well. My daughter even said at one point, “Do you think we should save any for dad?” Then quickly followed it with “no way, this is to good to save any!” I didn’t have any half and half so I used vanilla coffee creamer. Oh, so good!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — February 24, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I have been making a similar mixture for years except mine has a bit of nutmeg in it. Anyone I serve it to the first time is a bit quizzical but they quickly go to fanatic. My favorite popcorn…probably because it’s also easy; I don’t even bother with icing and it’s yummalicious.

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    Andrea — February 25, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Great recipe! The tray of popcorn quickly disappeared!

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    Emily — October 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Very good! The last few popcorn recipes I tried didn’t work out so well so I was so happy that this was great! I used milk instead of half&shalt and it was still really yummy. Thanks for the recipe!

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