Pecan Praline Popcorn from Party Popcorn

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You guys. This Pecan Praline Popcorn. O-M-Eat the whole bowl. It’s ah-maz-ing. It’s covered in bcaramel carmel and pecans and is oh-so-addictive.

Pecan Praline Popcorn - the best mix of pecan praline and popcorn! It's an easy recipe and so addictive!

I am so excited to share this post with you today. First, because I got a new camera lens. Whatcha think?

(Pssst….if you said “no difference” then you must be a man. No, I didn’t get my hair cut either. 😉 )

But really, I’m more excited about this recipe because it’s in my new favorite book: Party Popcorn, by my BFF Ashton Epps Swank from Something Swanky.

Two years ago, as Ashton I were knee deep in Online BlogCon during it’s first year, she messaged me on Facebook that she was writing a cookbook. I *may* have squealed out loud. If you’re a regular around here you’ll know that Ashton was my very first blog friend. Without a doubt, I would not be where I am today without her support, friendship, and guidance. I’m so happy that her first book is now available!

And, guys. It’s FULL of popcorn recipes. 75 of them! From savory to sweet, from easy to decadent, she’s got you covered in this book. Every flavor you can think of is in there. Toffee, caramel, kettle, ranch, pizza, peanut butter, peppermint, eggnog….and on and on for infinity.

About a year ago, I found the popcorn jug that’s in these photos at my local Goodwill Store. I bought it knowing that one day I’d review Ashton’s book. And today is that day!

Party Popcorn by Ashton Swank

Okay, so let’s talk about this popcorn. I mean are there better words than “popcorn” and “pecan praline”? I don’t think so.

Believe it or not, I had my first praline – ever – when I was in Nashville last month. It was as big as my head almost and I ate so much of it it made me sick. But I could not stop! I came home, praline addicted.

And then I saw this recipe in Ashton’s book and it was like kismet all rolled into one: my new love, pralines, popcorn, and a dessert mashup, which I kinda sorta love. 🙂

This Pecan Praline Popcorn? Is thebombdotcom. Even if you’ve never made a praline mixture before, you can do it, easy peasy. No candy thermometer needed!

I ate way too much. And then I packaged the rest to send in Christmas boxes. #YoureWelcomeFamily

Pecan Praline Popcorn - the best mix of pecan praline and popcorn! It's an easy recipe and so addictive!

The praline mixture is made with brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter. You let it boil for 4 minutes, then stir in some butter extract and baking soda and the magic happens. Add the pecans, toss with some popcorn, and bake until crunchy. I almost couldn’t wait until it cooled to eat it.

Don’t eat piping hot praline mixture. #PSA

This recipe calls for 8 cups of popped popcorn. Ashton talks all about the different ways to pop corn in the book, including a microwave-in-a-bag trick for homemade popcorn – fast. I used an air popper which is the easiest way to make homemade popcorn. Just dump in the kernels and let it do it’s thing.

If you only have microwave popcorn on hand, you can use that for this recipe, but I suggest getting the “natural” or “light” or “less butter” kind. That way the flavor of the buttered popcorn won’t interfere with the flavor of the pecan praline.

{Pssst….put an air popper on your Christmas list. They’re cheap and pay for themselves 10x over.}

This Pecan Praline Popcorn would make a great gift, a great movie night or game night treat, or it would make a Tuesday afternoon way better. I know it made mine happier, for sure. 🙂

Pecan Praline Popcorn - the best mix of pecan praline and popcorn! It's an easy recipe and so addictive!

Congrats Ashton, I’m so proud and happy for you. Now everyone else? Go get her book!

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Pecan Praline Popcorn

Popcorn is smothered in a very easy to make pecan praline for some of the most addictive popcorn ever!


  • 8 cups popped popcorn (see note)
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup pecan halves


  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and remove any unpopped kernels.
  3. Stir together the brown sugar, butter, and light corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat. (Note: if you are using unsalted butter, you will want to add salt in step 4.) Stir until butter has melted and the mixture reaches a slow bubble. Stop stirring and allow the mixture to boil for 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat immediately and stir in butter extract and baking soda. The mixture will bubble up a bit. Stir in salt, if using. Stir in the pecan halves.
  5. Pour the caramel-pecan mixture over the popcorn. Use a large rubber spatula to stir quickly but gently.
  6. Spread the popcorn evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, 10 for chewy and 15 for crunchy. Let cool in the pan about 10 minutes before serving. Chewy popcorn should be eaten the day of. Crunchy will last up to 1 week in an airtight container.


Popcorn notes: 1/2 cup popcorn kernels yeilds about 8 cups. Measure out 8 cups of popped corn for this recipe; you may have some left over. If you prefer to use microwave popcorn, you can, but get “light” or “less butter” so there is less flavor on the popcorn don’t salt the praline mixture.

Recipe from Party Popcorn by Ashton Epps Swank, 2014. Recipe reprinted with permission.

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  1. I’m so excited about Ashton’s book! Her recipes are amazing. As is anything with praline. I’m with you. I’ll eat it until I’m sick, and then eat some more! It’s that good. And I love the lens!

  2. I would totally eat that whole bowl!! I just got Ashton’s book yesterday and am so excited to start reading it….and making things like this from it! Nice 🙂 Pinned!

  3. I got her book last week before I headed out of town, and while traveling read every single recipe! This is the one I was most excited to try first, am so glad you love it too. So proud of Ashton 🙂

  4. Congrats on the new camera lens, Dorothy! Your pictures are gorgeous, as usual. This popcorn looks so delicious! Definitely a perfect snack to munch on. Pinned!

  5. This popcorn sounds super delicious and perfectly addicting, Dorothy!! And I can’t get over how clear these photos are – I want to reach into my screen and grab a bite 😀 Pinned!

  6. A whole book on popcorn? Whoa, that is so awesome! And this recipe? Well, Pretty sure I could eat the whole bowl alone!

  7. Yum – I would have totally tried eating the praline topping and burned my mouth. 🙂

  8. Will have to declare a movie night asap and make double batch of this goodness. Yum!

  9. This sounds so good, I know I would definitely eat it all! Congrats on the new lens! What kind is it?

  10. Your pictures look GREAT!!! Love the popcorn!

  11. This popcorn looks amaaaazing! The pecan praline combo sounds absolutely delicious – I would devour this so quickly!

  12. We always make a ton of popcorn for the family get-together on Christmas Day. I think I need to make this praline version this year – it looks amazing!

  13. Your photos are extra amazing today! Love the new lens 🙂 I love how shallow it is…what lens is it? 

  14. Looks absolutely stunning! I love those flavours. Gorgeous photography too!

  15. LOVE your photos, and LOVE this book! I cannot wait to get mine

  16. I always said that if I ever wrote a cookbook it would either be on easy one-pot meals or popcorn. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to buy this one instead! Pecan-Praline? Omg.

  17. Congrats on the new camera lens. Getting new camera gear is always exciting. I love the pictures and this popcorn looks yummy. I’m going to have to check out this book.

  18. You’re so cute to buy the food prop so far in advance!! The mark of a true food blogging friend. 🙂 And don’t even get me started on hair cuts… The ONE time I actually come home looking better than I left, and not one single peep. Oh men!

  19. Beautiful pics…they have me drooling. Can’t wait for some of this!

  20. Seriously cannot even describe how gorgeous these photos are!! You’re amazing! And thank you so, so, SOOOOOO much for this post! <3

  21. There is absolutely NO way that I would be able to have this in my house.  It wouldn’t last a day!  And as if your photos could not have been more perfect, now they are!  What type of lens?  Teach me your ways!! 🙂 PS. pinned this recipe

  22. This sounds so delicious! Anything with pecans is usually so addictive as I imagine this popcorn is!

  23. You are right, this cookbook is beyond amazing! Who knew popcorn could be so creative?!

  24. I love the Pecan Praline flavor. Its buttery and caramelly, but not too sweet.perfect food for Christmas..

  25. The pictures are fabulous, as is the popcorn I’m sure! 

  26. This kind of stuff is dangerous in our house…it’s addictive! I can’t wait to try this recipe…gotta pin it!

  27. What an awesome cookbook idea!! I love popcorn and pecan praline sounds amazing!! Pinned 🙂

  28. What an awesome cookbook idea!! I love popcorn and pecan praline sounds amazing!! Pinned 🙂 And congrats on the new lens – the pictures look amazing!

  29. OMEat the whole bowl…lol…love it. How exciting to get a new lense! I always love your photos. 🙂

  30. A whole book about popcorn?!  That sounds like the best thing ever, except that I already eat too much popcorn!  That could be dangerous to have in my possession!  This popcorn looks incredible!

  31. What a fun popcorn!  

  32. This popcorn looks fabulous. Congrats on the new lens, Dorothy! Your photographs are stunning. Pinned!

  33. I LOVE fun and fancy popcorn!! Another book to add to my wish list!!

  34. Oh my Dorothy! I LOVE your photos! That new lens does some amazing things! And LOVE the popcorn too! I am a huge popcorn lover. Will have to get the book for sure! 🙂

  35. Somehow your new camera lens made your pictures even more amazing than before! 🙂 This is such a fun and creative recipe! I can’t wait to try! Pinned 🙂

  36. So super delicious!! I love how easy and simple it is to make. I’ve never made pralines because anything that uses a candy thermometer is not for me. Thanks for the delicious recipe!!

  37. Absolutely gorgeous pictures girlie!!  And that popcorn?  It sounds downright amazing!  Love me some praline goodness!! Of course all the recipes in Ashton’s book sound crazy good!  

  38. This looks delicious and beautiful! Bravo for the gorgeous pics!

  39. popcorn! <3 that is so love. :)))

  40. Your recipe calls for “butter extract” but the article mentions “vanilla extract”. Which is it?

  41. I assume vanilla.

  42. AMAZING! I knew Ashton’s book would be amazing but oh my GAWDDDD I love the pecan praline spin on the popcorn!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Hi Dorothy-I agree with you about how wonderful Ashton’s book is….I bought it for myself for an early birthday gift and oh my gosh, I think I’ve dog-eared every page!

    One of the ones I have marked is for this popcorn-yours looks amazing….I can’t wait to try it. I did make the Neapolitan Popcorn and Sea Salted Caramel Corn from the book and yowzers did they go over big over Christmas!

    Happy New Year!

  44. Looking forward to making this for a graduation party.

  45. FABULOUS!! So, so simple! Yuuummy!

    Rating: 5

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