Gingerbread Pretzel Popcorn


Dress up two supermarket shortcuts for a deliciously spiced holiday food gift.

Gingerbread Pretzel Popcorn
Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins

This is a holiday food gift with a made-from-scratch feel that's easy to pull together with store-bought popcorn and pretzels. Flavor a simple vanilla caramel sauce with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg for a flavor that's reminiscent of freshly baked gingerbread cookies. This gingerbread-spiced caramel hardens as it cools to make crunchy clusters for a snackable treat that will become your signature food gift. In fact, you might just have to make a batch of this holiday popcorn to keep on hand all season long.


  • 16 cups popped salted popcorn (from a 6.4-oz. bag)

  • 10 oz. mini salted pretzel twists, roughly chopped

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together popcorn and pretzels in a very large heatproof bowl. Combine cinnamon, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg in a small bowl.

  2. Place sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and a candy thermometer reads255°F, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in spice mixture and vanilla.

  3. Immediately pour sugar mixture over popcorn mixture. Use a large spoon or rubber spatula to toss until fully coated. (Work quickly because sugar mixture will cool and harden.)

  4. Divide popcorn mixture between 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake until shiny and slightly darkened, about 10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

550 Calories
24g Fat
84g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 550
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 727mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 84g 30%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 54g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 154mg 3%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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