Sweet & Salty Curry Molasses Popcorn

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This Sweet & Salty Curry Molasses Popcorn is the perfect healthy snack for your next movie night.

Sweet & Salty Curry Molasses Popcorn

I was hoping to post this recipe yesterday for you all to make on your lazy Sunday but that seems to have not happened. So now we are just going to have to eat popcorn for breakfast. Or as an afternoon snack (that’s a really good idea! Why don’t I do that more often?). And if we don’t have time for that, then we’ll just have to have a lazy Monday night movie and popcorn session. Okayyy? Okay.

In the cool weeks of October, we host weekly bonfire and horror movie nights at our place. Being a baker, my favorite part about hosting is having delicious snacks and drinks whipped up for everyone to enjoy. Although I wish I had hours and hours to spend making pies and sangria, we host the movie nights on Wednesday so I work all day. That means I have about 45 minutes to clean and get everything in order before our guests come over. Although I sometimes plan ahead and whip up a Pumpkin Pie or caramel corn the night before, I usually am scrambling the day of. And that is how this popcorn recipe was invented. Using what I had on hand, I wanted to have a big bowl of unique and delicious popcorn to create more of a movie atmosphere. The best part (in addition to it being absolutely delicious) is you can whip this up in 10 minutes and then still have plenty of time to get to tidying up the house.


Sweet & Salty Curry Molasses Popcorn

I know what you are thinking: two molasses recipes in a row? And they aren’t even holiday cookies she’s posting about? Has she lost her mind? Nope. I’ve been on a molasses kick and am determined to incorporate it into more than just one month of my life. There is something so nostalgic and wonderful about opening up the molasses and taking a big wiff of the overwhelmingly sweet syrup. Maybe its the smell of Christmas… but it doesn’t have to be. Instead of having that smell fill our head with memories of cookies, let’s also have memories of pumpkin pie, popcorn, and delicious cocktails pop up.

Lastly, feel free to use mild or hot curry powder depending on your taste buds. This recipe is all about playing with sweet and salty. After taking your first bite, you’ll immediately taste the sweet molasses melt the popcorn on your tongue and then get a tint of spicy aftertaste. This, of course, leaves your tastebuds in awe and wanting more. And more. And more.

Sweet & Salty Curry Molasses Popcorn recipe below:

Sweet & Salty Curry Molasses Popcorn


Sweet & Salty Curry Molasses Popcorn
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (use Earth balance to make vegan)
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Salt
  1. Place oil in a very large and deep stock pot and turn heat to medium. Place two kernels in the pan and cover. Once the two kernels pop, add in the rest of the kernels and shake the pot (it helps to hold the lid with one hand and a handle with the other) until the popping subsides (about 5 to 7 minutes). It's important to shake the popcorn frequently because it keeps the popcorn from getting stuck to the bottom and burning. Remove from heat once the popping dies down.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, and molasses. Stir over medium-low heat until a thick syrup forms. Remove from heat and pour over popped popcorn. Stir the popcorn to distribute evenly and add in the curry powder & salt.

Sweet & Salty Curry Molasses Popcorn



  • maria | pink patisserie
    October 14, 2013

    what an awesome, awesome fusion of flavors! Keep up the good molasses work! Love it!!

  • Katie @ Produce on Parade
    October 14, 2013

    What a creative recipe! I actually just made homemade popcorn for the first time just the other night. I used coconut oil and sprinkled nutritional yeast on it. Real original, I know..it was so good though. Now I’ll have to try this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Harriet
    October 14, 2013

    Holy crap balls man, this look’s frickin’ delicious (I felt like cursing, haha but I’m not sure if that’s cool). Making a big bowl of popcorn and watching tv/movies (ahem…awkward Star Trek fans here…) is one of my favourite things to do with my husband, and sweet and salty is one of my favourite flavour contrasts. Bam. And curry?! And molasses?! I may sound like I’m gushing, and I am, but only because it’s too much awesome for my mind to handle right now.

    • Shellywest
      October 17, 2013

      Hahaha – I love this! Everything about your comment made me laugh. Movie nights with the boy are some of my favorite nights as well.

  • Sarah | The Sugar Hit
    October 14, 2013

    I am digging HARD on this recipe. I love spicy snacks!

  • phi @PrincessTofu
    October 15, 2013

    methinks you might like the title and content of this article: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/oct/13/eating-popcorn-cinema-advertisers


    One popcorn recipe I’ve been wanting to make involves sriracha and cilantro/lime salt. .. I can’t remember where I saw it.

    • Shellywest
      phi @PrincessTofu
      October 17, 2013

      Ah ha! They can’t manipulate me with their savvy advertising. mwahahahaha!

      Also, that popcorn recipe sounds amazing! Please make soon so you can tell me how it is and I can try it. : ]

  • becca
    October 16, 2013

    firstly, I LOVE the new look. it is gorgeous and simple and I think everything you do turns to gold.
    and also, along the same lines I suppose, this popcorn looks and sounds amazing. thanks for the creative recipes! I really appreciate the extra creativity in the kitchen 🙂

    • Shellywest
      October 17, 2013

      Thanks for all the kind words, Becca! I absolutely love how positive you always are on your blog and am happy you are bringing some of those good vibes this way! : ]

  • Heather
    October 23, 2013

    Such a fun recipe! I love your weekly tradition of a bonfire and horror movie night, who wouldn’t love coming to your house for some nom’s and a movie 🙂

  • Sylvie@GitK
    October 23, 2013

    What a nice flavor profile, salty/sweet popcorn is irresistible!

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  • Adi
    June 16, 2014

    Just made this even. My girl and I nomed our little hearts out. So freakin good. I don’t have any curry powder in the house, so it was just molasses and it was amazing. I also just didn’t use sugar and it still worked out really yumtasticly. Thx for the recipe! This will be a new frequent deliciousness in our lives. Excited to add the curry powder next time!

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