Spicy-Sweet Buffalo Popcorn


If Buffalo wings and kettle corn married, this would be their baby! This popcorn is sweet, salty, and spicy all at the same time! It's a winner for football parties. If you like blue cheese, try sprinkling a few blue cheese crumbles over your serving of popcorn. I put a small bowl of blue cheese crumbles next to the popcorn bowl so people can add some if they wish.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
36 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
56 mins
8 cups


  • cooking spray

  • 8 cups popped popcorn

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • cup Buffalo wing sauce (such as Frank's®)

  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (Optional)


  1. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Fill with popcorn.

  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone pad.

  3. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, without stirring and swirling pan gently as needed, until sugar has melted and the caramel is a deep amber color, 8 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. Stir Buffalo sauce and butter carefully into the caramel; it will spit and bubble and may form a ball. Return to heat; bring to a boil, stirring until caramel is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda and cayenne pepper.

  5. Pour spicy caramel mixture carefully over the popcorn. Toss to completely coat, guarding your hands from the hot caramel. Spread the coated popcorn onto the prepared baking sheet.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until dry, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes; stir.

Cook's Note:

You can also pop about 1/2 cup of unpopped popcorn to yield 8 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

210 Calories
10g Fat
32g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 210
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 503mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 23mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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