4/16/12

Spicy Chili Cheese Popcorn


Spicy Chili Cheese Popcorn
How about a snack? So everybody loves popcorn, right? Plus, it's a healthy snack! It's a good source of fiber, it satisfies your craving for something salty and crunchy, and it's low in calories and you can eat a lot of it without feeling guilty! Um... yes please!

My friends at Virtual Potluck and I teamed up with the good people at Savory Spice Shop and we were lucky enough to receive a sampling of some of their spices to play with and create recipes with.  I was able to choose the spices I wanted, so I of course got things like ancho chile powder, chimichurri marinade seasoning, etc...  stuff you would expect me to get, but I also thought this would be a great opportunity to get a good cheese powder for popcorn.  Why?  Because Mark makes AMAZING popcorn.  He loves popcorn and he often likes to spice it up with not only salt, but things like cheese powder, chili powder, herbs, cayenne, etc...
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So I ordered the Cheddar Cheese Powder and asked Mark if he would create a special popcorn using this powder.  Well he did, but he also stepped it up a notch and used several more spices to create a delicious, spicy, addicting popcorn that you will LOVE!

He ended up using the following spices - all of which you can purchase at Savory Spice Shop:

SavorychecheCheddar Cheese Powder

SavorychilanchoGround Ancho Chiles

SavorypapsmspnswSmoked Spanish Sweet Paprika

SavorygarlicvfinePowdered Garlic

SavorychilcayGround Cayenne

SavorythymefrFrench Organic Thyme

... as well as sea salt and black pepper.  

Before I show you how Mark made this popcorn...

How would you like to win some of your own Savory Spices!?
The folks at Savory Spice Shop is offering a special gift set called the Fire Eaters Gift Set especially for FOODIE readers!  Their gift sets are the BOMB.  You get 4 full-sized jars of spices and it's packaged so super cute with little bonus things like a star anise, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, a chile, and bay leaves.  If you're a true FOODIE fan and love the type of cooking I do, then you will love it!

Check out Savory Spice Shop on Facebook
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About the Fire Eaters Gift Set:  

This gift set contains: 

From the website: 
There is a theory that if you are a habitual chile eater you can develop immunity to the heat. We’ve created this set to test that hypothesis. These four selections are not only hot but quite flavorful. And if that is not enough, we packed this set with super hot Chinese red peppers that rate between an 8 and 9 on a heat scale of 1 to 10. If you can prove the theory true, then come see us for our scorching hot habanero powder, which rates a 10 or maybe even an 11! Remember, the best relief for a burning mouth isn’t water; it’s a mild yogurt or sour cream. Be careful! The additional spices used to pack this set are also of excellent quality and should be stored in a container for future use.
Fire Eaters is a 4 jar gift set made up of our 4 fluid ounce glass jars.

The Fire Eaters spice gift set is the perfect gift for someone that wants more than a little spice in their life!   Available exclusively at Savory Spice Shop

Ways to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what spices you would like to try from Savory Spice Shop.
  2. Visit the Savory Spice Shop Facebook page, click the Virtual Potluck link, choose a spice from the Chile Blends section, then leave another comment on this post telling me that you've done so.
  3. Share this post on Facebook, then leave another comment on this post telling me that you've done so.
  4. Tweet about this post on Twitter, then leave another comment on this post telling me that you've done so.
  5. Follow Savory Spice Shop on Twitter, then leave another comment on this post telling me that you've done so.
This contest will run until Saturday, April 21st.  On that day, after 3pm, I will choose a winner using Random.Org.  Please do not comment anonymously because I will have no way to contact you if you win.  This contest is open to U.S. residents only.  Good luck! 


This contest is now closed.
Congratulations to Amy! 
You've won the Fire Eaters gift set! 



See how to make this popcorn after the jump!




Popping the corn:
In a heavy bottomed pot (8 quart or more), combine the popcorn kernels and the vegetable oil. Spread the kernels into a single layer and apply over medium heat. Popping will take 5-10 minutes depending on the pot. Remove the heat as soon as the popping kernels slow (about 2-3 seconds between pops). If you are using a cast iron pot, be careful to not overheat as this will scorch the popped corn.


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Combined seasoning:
Combine the cheddar cheese seasoning, ancho chile powder, smoked Spanish paprika, granulated garlic, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper in a small mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. As soon as the corn is finished popping, sprinkle the combined seasoning onto the popcorn about 1/3 at a time and then toss after each application to ensure a good distribution of the seasoning.

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Separate seasoning:
Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil over the popcorn about 1 tablespoon at a time and then toss after each application to ensure an even coating of the spices and olive oil. Finally, sprinkle the thyme leaves onto the popcorn and toss once more.

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...and you end up with this!


Spicy Chili Cheese Popcorn



If you're a spicy food fan and you have an ice cold beer within reach... MAKE THIS POPCORN IMMEDIATELY.  You're welcome.  ;-)


Make sure you check out the other Virtual Potluck bloggers' sites to see the creations they came up with using their Savory Spice Shop stashes!  Our host for this event, Cookistry, made it super easy by putting together a round-up post so you can launch from her page to see all the other recipes.  This also means MORE CHANCES TO WIN!!

Check out the Virtual Potluck round-up here!

Now go enter to win the giveaway and good luck!!!

46 comments:

  1. I could LIVE on popcorn and this looks amazing!

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  2. I am super excited about that Extra Hot Jamaican Jerk, and the blackening seasoning!

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  3. NOW we're talkin. I love all things popcorn. This...this would be my new bestie. Love this recipe Tara! Great job.

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  4. Holy Cow! I need every spice you mentioned because I need to make this popcorn. I typically dip my popcorn in hot sauce but it gets soggy. This is way better!

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  5. Yum! I would love to try the Asian Delight BBQ rub and also some of their curry powders.

    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

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  6. The Peruvian Chile Lime seasonig sounds yummy.

    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

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  7. I'm following SSS on Twitter.
    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

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  8. You have enticed me to want to try this recipe. I've never purchased cheese powder, but after reading this post, I think I'd like to try it.

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  9. I'd like to try the Mexican Molé!

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  10. I tweeted your post: https://twitter.com/#!/BoonieSooze/status/191937733529321472

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  11. I follow Savory Spice Shop on Twitter.

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  12. the korean black garlic and hickory powder

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  13. I would love to try the Park Hill Maple & Spice Pepper and make my own maple and peppered bacon.

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  14. I love popcorn and this combination sounds so, so good. Great idea!

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  15. this is definitely a good mix of spices. and inspiring too! I'll take them all please!

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  16. I'm looking at the chile blends and am craving chimichurri. yum.

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  17. i follow savory spice shop on twitter.

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  18. i shared this post on facebook!

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  19. i tweeted about this post!

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  20. I love homemade popcorn and I love this combination he made. Sounds so good!

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  21. I was just speaking to someone last night about piri piri and I've never tried it. I would LOVE to try some! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  22. I'm following Savory Spice Shop on Twitter!

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  23. I followed SSS on Twitter. Thanks!

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  24. I think Tina Fey said it best: I want to go to there. This looks awesome, had a friend who made a similar receipe but left out the cheese for some unknown reason. Tweeted a link to the blog entry, thanks!

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  25. I'm currently on a mission to find the best cinnamon out there, so I'd love to try their Ceylon, Chinese, Indonesian and Vietnamese varieties. :)

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  26. I can't open the Facebook page but I did visit the Savory Spice Shop and the Peruvian Chile Lime Seasoning immediately caught my eye. It would make such a fabulous marinade and an excellent veggie shake. Actually I can think of a whole boatload of things to use it in! Many Thanks!

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  27. I would like to try their cardamom - one of my favorite spices.

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  28. I visited their chili section and I would like to try their Peruvian Chile Lime Blend.

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  29. I follow SSS on twitter! @icywit

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  30. I tweeted the giveaway @icywit

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  31. I'd be interested in trying their taco seasoning.

    @grobiemum on twitter

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  32. I checked the chile blends section on facebook and would like to try the Black Canyon Chili Powder.

    @grobiemum on twitter

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  33. I shared on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=279029248850367&id=596580232

    @grobiemum on twitter

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  34. Tweeted. https://twitter.com/#!/grobiemum/status/192400051849543681

    @grobiemum on twitter

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  35. I follow Savory Spice Shop on Twitter.

    @grobiemum on twitter

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  36. Savory Spice Shop has lots of great goodies - I love the dehyrated vegetables: onions, garlic, peppers, etc.

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  37. El Diente Southwestern Seasoning and Family Style Fajita Seasoning both sound like we'd use a lot of in our house!

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  38. I would like to try the extracts, in particular the Madagascar Vanilla.
    jlammers002@woh.rr.com

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  39. I picked the Taco Seasoning, it has to be better than the store bought variety!
    jlammers002@woh.rr.com

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  40. I follow Savory Spice Shop on Twitter.
    jlammers002@woh.rr.com

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  41. I want to try the baking spice,Bohemian Forest European Style Rub, California Citrus Rub (Salt-Free), and so many more! LOL!

    randcbruns AT kci DOT net

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  42. From the Virtual Potluck, I choose the Lodo Red Adobo. It isn't one of the blends I have tried yet. It sounds great.

    randcbruns AT kci DOT net

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  43. I would like to try a lot of the fruited extracts.
    amylammers@rocketmail.com

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  44. I'd like to try the Fajita Seasoning.
    amylammers@rocketmail.com

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