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Buffalo wing popcorn

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Ingredients

Ingredients
  • 8 cups popped plain popcorn (from ½ cup kernels)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Frank's Red Hot Original sauce
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • Chef notes

    Sweet, spicy and crunchy--this snack has it all!

    Preparation

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly coat parchment and a large bowl with nonstick spray. Add popcorn to bowl. Set baking sheet aside.

    Bring sugar and ¼ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil, swirling pan occasionally, until caramel is a deep amber color, 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in hot sauce and butter (mixture will bubble vigorously). Return to a boil and cook another 3 minutes. 

    Remove from heat. Stir in salt, baking soda and cayenne. Working quickly (and carefully-caramel will be very hot), pour caramel mixture over popcorn and toss to coat. Spread out popcorn on prepared baking sheet and bake, tossing once, until dry, 15-20 minutes. Let cool.