Monday, July 22, 2013

Maple-Rosemary Popcorn

Maple-Rosemary Popcorn

It’s always fun to recreate favorite restaurant meals. I love the challenge and I love sharing the stories here. I keep a running list in my phone of recipes to try at home and when we have something we like, we add it to the list and when I need some inspiration, I scroll through it and see what I see.

But it’s downright comical sometimes when Paul and I are enjoying a meal, how we dissect it to try and figure out the exact ingredients and how to recreate it at home. And don’t think it is just me doing this…he is right there, encouraging me, helping me figure it out, just like he did with the jalapeno popper cups.

Sometimes, when he’s not with me, he’ll send a quick message like: “you should make brown butter croutons…yum!!!” Yeah, he uses that many exclamation points, too.

And then there are the recipes that don’t even make it to the list because the second I get home, I’m jotting down recipe notes. And that’s exactly where this Maple-Rosemary Popcorn comes into play. You know, the stars were just aligned for this recipe. We hadn’t yet been to CORK since moving and it’s been at the top of my list of places to try. It was a gorgeous night, we had an amazing meal and conversation that kept going on so we decided to stick around for a while and order dessert – which is somewhat unusual for us. And you know me, I don’t turn down popcorn, and popcorn with rosemary? You better believe I was interested.

So we quickly devoured the bowl, all the while trying to figure out how to make it at home because it was – in every sense of the word – amazing. I was a tiny bit skeptical of the maple but one bite assured me that this flavor combo is spot-on. Perfectly salty-and-sweet and I walked out of the restaurant with the ingredient list and method swirling in my head.

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Maple-Rosemary Popcorn

Yield: 4 cups

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 45 min

Total Time: 1 hour

My take on a local restaurant's signature popcorn - sweet, savory, salty and crunchy all in one bite!


1 Tbs. grapeseed oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter
1/2 cup real maple syrup
2 Tbs. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tsp. flaky sea salt


Heat one tablespoon of grapeseed oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. (I use grapeseed, you can use canola, peanut, vegetable, etc. just not olive oil, it will be likely to burn)

Add a few popcorn kernels to the pan, cover and let it heat up. When one kernel pops, add 1/2 cup of uncooked popcorn kernels and cover the pan. Shake the pan a little to spread the kernels in an even layer. Let the kernels pop for several minutes until the pan is full and the popping slows down. Remove from heat and transfer popcorn to a large bowl.

Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Spray a 10x15 baking sheet with non-stick spray (I use my Misto sprayer.)

Heat the butter and maple syrup in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat until melted, whisking often until combined. Remove from heat. (Or, in a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter, stir in the maple syrup and heat for 10-15 seconds until heated through. Whisk to combine.)

Stir in the rosemary and half of the salt. Add the popped popcorn to the butter/maple/rosemary mixture and stir well to coat the popcorn. Spread the mixture out onto the prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining sea salt on top.

Bake for 45 minutes or until the maple/rosemary mixture is set, checking every 15 minutes to ensure it doesn't burn. If necessary, gently stir the popcorn. Allow the popcorn to mostly cool before breaking up large chunks.

Cassie's Notes:
I tested this recipe twice - once with stove-top popped popcorn and once with lightly store-bought popcorn. Both were good, but the freshly popped popcorn held up to the maple/butter sauce than the store-bought popcorn did and I'd recommend going that route. But, in a pinch, use store bought, just use about 6 cups of popcorn to make sure it's not too soggy.

Maple-Rosemary Popcorn

Other popcorn recipes you might like:

Truffle Bacon Popcorn by Foodiecrush
Browned Butter Rosemary Popcorn by GoodLife Eats
Roasted Garlic Oil and Black Pepper Popcorn by Simply Scratch
Sriracha Sesame Ginger Popcorn
Cilantro-Lime Popcorn


46 Responses to “Maple-Rosemary Popcorn”

  1. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 22, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    This is brilliant and perfect for the rosemary in my garden!! Can’t wait to try this!! Love the salty sweet.

  2. #
    Tracey — July 22, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Mmmm, maple syrup in popcorn – that sounds perfect Cassie!! I can’t get enough of the salty-sweet combo 🙂

  3. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 22, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    Love the maple/rosemary combo!! Brilliant! 🙂

  4. #
    Tieghan — July 22, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    What a fun flavor combo! it sounds so good!

  5. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 22, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    Sweet and savory on top of salty? YES please!!

  6. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — July 22, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Snack attack! What a great flavor combo. I need to climb aboard this popcorn train ASAP. Gorgeous pics too!

  7. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — July 22, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    AAAAAWWWWW yum! I totally bookmarked this to make when Pat’s gone! :9

  8. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 22, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    I got panicky this weekend b/c I ran out of popcorn kernels! I had to make an 11 pm grocery run so I could pop some before I sat down with my remote control 🙂 That’s how much I love popcorn. Love this, Cassie. GREAT flavor combos. Pinned!

  9. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — July 22, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    I love finding inspiration all over the place, and love that Paul is totally on board with you there 🙂 This popcorn sounds crazy addictive, and I love the bowl you have it in!

  10. #
    Rachel Cooks — July 22, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    Do I really even need to say anything?

  11. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 22, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Paul is just like my hubby! He’ll text me all the time with recipe creations!! And this popcorn, just brilliant I tell ya!

  12. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 22, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    Oh yes! I am all about the sweet and savory here! Delish!

  13. #
    Ashley — July 22, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    This flavor combination sounds incredible! I love popcorn but don’t make it enough at home – I need to fix that. Especially now that we have rosemary growing in our backyard : )

  14. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — July 22, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    You totally need your own line of gourmet popcorn, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

  15. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 22, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    This might be my favorite popcorn you’ve posted yet… love this flavor combo!

  16. #
    saly @ sallys baking addiction — July 22, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Maple syrup is my jam. 😉 I love it so much and I’ve never thought to combine it with another love of mine. Popcorn!! Cassie, I’m digging this.

  17. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — July 22, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    What a brilliant combination! I would never think of pairing maple syrup with rosemary.

  18. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — July 22, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    i’ve made a maple bourbon popcorn before and fell in love, so i already know i’m going to be all about this! going ot give it a try soon!!

  19. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — July 22, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    Haha…Rachel ^^^^ I immediately thought of her before I started reading. We’re popcorn fiends over here, too. So pass me a bowl!

  20. #
    Anne — July 22, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Oh, good Lord, this looks good. I’m about to pop in a movie, so I may just have to whip some up! Best, Anne

  21. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 22, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    Oh, hello there healthy, yummy snack!

  22. #
    Rayna — July 22, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    I’m always looking for good snack ideas during the school year, and I think this will have to make the line-up. Thanks for sharing!

  23. #
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — July 22, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    I do the exact same thing with recipe meals. It’s a great way to get inspiration! I was recently reminded of how much I love popcorn, and I’m totally going to try this flavor combo out.

  24. #
    rachel — July 22, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    I adore anything with rosemary, and I love salty sweet (oddly I don’t like kettle corn) but other than that 😉

    This sounds wonderful! I love playing around and figuring out how to make things at home! Can’t wait to try this out one night!

  25. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 22, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    I love the adventure of recreating restaurant recipes! And this popcorn – yes please! I could munch on these all day!

  26. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 22, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    Love these flavors! Popcorn is such a great snack!!

  27. #
    katie — July 22, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    Oh man I really need to start making my own popcorn in a pan… you keep inspiring me to make my own! must do it asap!

  28. #
    Jess — July 22, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    What a creative flavor combination, Cassie. The rosemary would have sold me too. We just got a whole bunch of mixed popcorn kernels from Whole Foods – blue, red, purple! Now I’m looking for every excuse to use them – this is going straight to the top of the list.

  29. #
    Joanne — July 22, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    I always feel super accomplished when I manage to recreate a restaurant meal! It’s so much fun to get inspiration from them. I can definitely see why you couldn’t wait to get this popcorn into your kitchen! I feel like I need to plan a movie night just for an excuse to make it!

  30. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — July 22, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    Oh man, I totally love maple and rosemary together! This looks and sounds amazing!

  31. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — July 22, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    Oh my goodness. I think i’ve been craving this my entire life and just now figured it out. I keep a running tally of restaurant dishes on my phone too. 🙂 Best source of inspiration!

  32. #
    Des @ Life's AMbrosia — July 23, 2013 @ 12:55 am

    There are no words. Well besides HOLY YUM!

  33. #
    Julia — July 23, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    I like recreating food I enjoyed at a restaurant too! Garrett is definitely a big help when it comes to this because he’ll often pick up on flavors that I don’t, so trying to come up with a recipe is always lots of fun! Love this maple rosemary popcorn! Such a perfectly sweet-and-salty balanced treat! And I loooove the unique flavor of rosemary! So addicting!

  34. #
    Jackie l — July 23, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    That is exactly how my husband and I are! So glad to hear we aren’t the only foodie nerds out there like this 🙂 Can’t wait to try this one – I love fancy popcorn!

    xo Jackie

  35. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — July 23, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    And the popcorn queen strikes again! Love how inventive you get. Thx for the link love too.

  36. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — July 23, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    So tasty! My husband is going to just love this 🙂

  37. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — July 24, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    oh man, this sounds ahhmazing. just might make it this weekend! quick question though- do you mean 1/2 cup or 1/3 cup popcorn? you have the former in the ingredient list and the latter in the directions. thanks 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — July 24th, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

      Ooo, good catch. I usually use 1/3 cup but for this one, I made a bigger batch and used 1/2. Changing now!

  38. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — July 26, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    I was just telling my husband that I need to make more popcorn–we have a big bag in the pantry. This sounds so good!

  39. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — August 2, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    What a great flavor combination for a perfectly addictive snack!

  40. #
    Claire — January 12, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

    This sounds incredible and perfect for a baby shower I’m throwing in Feb. I doubt this stuff never lasts long, but do you know how long it would stay fresh?

    • Cassie replied: — January 12th, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

      Hi Claire, of any popcorn recipe on my site, this one will last the longest because the maple “syrup” creates a coating on the popped corn. I would say that you could make this up to two days in advance, but for sure the day before and store in an air-tight container or Ziploc bags. Enjoy!

  41. #
    Jami Wade — March 2, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    Hi, my name is Jami Wade and I own CORK. My dear friend from Brooklyn was googling popcorn recipes and ran across this for maple rosemary popcorn. I’ve made it for her in the past and she thought it was so great that my shop was mentioned. I am so glad you liked our popcorn and made it for yourself at home! Very, very cool. Thanks so much. -Jami Wade

    P.S. I’ve often thought that Backers Potato Chips should make a signature chip for us and make a Maple Rosemary Chip. Can’t hurt to dream!


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