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Pumpkin Spice Latte Popcorn

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This Pumpkin Spice Latte Popcorn not only comes together in 5 minutes and tastes like your favorite fall drink, but it also made me step out of my comfort zone. Why? Because I demonstrated how to make it ON TV YESTERDAY.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Popcorn - an easy and fast recipe that turns the pumpkin spice latte into a popcorn recipe!

Ever since I started blogging I’ve said I don’t want to do TV. People always ask me if I want my own TV show and I say, NO I BLOG FOR A REASON. They ask me if I’d ever do a news segment or film a video for the blog and I’m all, No, NEVER.

Never say never, my friends.

Yesterday I stepped way out of my comfort zone and did a segment on a local morning show about fall popcorn recipes. I did this in conjunction with a brand (Gaslamp Popcorn) who reached out wanting to get someone on-air to talk about popcorn.

Hello, I love popcorn. I don’t love TV…but I knew it was time. Time to get out of my comfort zone and do something about my intense fear of TV, cameras, and people in general. I packed up all my ingredients and supplies, put on my big girl panties, and spent the fastest 3 minutes of my life talking to a Laura, the anchor on Good Day Sacramento. And guess what?

I liked it. I kind of liked it a lot. 😱

Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte Popcorn Recipe

Want to see my segment? Here it is!!

If you can’t see that one, see the video here.

The recipe I showed on camera was this one I’m sharing today, Pumpkin Spice Latte Popcorn. This recipe came from the folks at Gaslamp Popcorn and it’s so fast and easy and GOOD. You guys, I ate 7 entire cups of popcorn in one sitting. #nojoke

This recipe literally turns your favorite fall coffee drink into popcorn. It’s great for TV watching or a party, or just because you love the PSL!

You can make your own popcorn fresh or you can use microwave popcorn, but if you use store bought popcorn this recipe is done in less than 5 minutes. Just choose a flavor popcorn that you love but that’s not too buttery. I loved using Sea Salt & Olive Oil popcorn for this recipe – and several brands available everywhere have a comparable flavor.

If you can melt butter, you can make this popcorn. Simply whisk melted butter with brown sugar, a pinch of salt, pumpkin pie spice, and instant espresso powder. Then pour it over the popcorn and toss and it’s ready for eating!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Popcorn - an easy and fast recipe that turns the pumpkin spice latte into a popcorn recipe!

A few quick notes about ingredients:

  • Pumpkin Pie Spice can be found at any grocery store in the spice aisle. If you already have all the spices on hand, you can make your own: 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice = 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger + 1/8 teaspoon each nutmeg and allspice.
  • Instant Espresso Powder can sometimes be hard to find and it’s not cheap. If you can’t find it feel free to substitute instant coffee granules. I always have those Via packs on hand and each one is about 1-2 teaspoons.

Enjoy! And I challenge you: step outside your comfort zone today. You might be surprised at how you feel!

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Servings: 7 cups

Pumpkin Spice Latte Popcorn

Total Time:
5 mins
Bring your favorite fall coffee drink to your favorite snack! This recipe turns a pumpkin spice latte into Pumpkin Spiced Latte Popcorn!


  • 7 cups  prepared popcorn — I used a Sea Salt & Olive Oil flavor
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter — melted
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch salt — optional
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon instant espresso powder — or instant coffee granules


  1. Put the popcorn in a large bowl. Stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and espresso powder in a small bowl. (Use espresso powder to taste. If you can’t find espresso powder, substitute instant coffee granules.)
  2. Drizzle the butter mixture over the popcorn and toss gently until combined. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 1 day.


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  1. Congrats on your TV segment, Dorothy! That’s amazing! And this popcorn sounds SO good. I love how it tastes like my favorite drink. Just perfect!

  2. Congrats, you TV star, you!!  And this popcorn is totally, completely fall season perfect.  Pinning!

  3. Congrats on your TV debut! So exciting! Love all your popcorn creations, too. It’s about that time for our neighbors’ boy scouts to solicit us for those overpriced bags of popcorn ($25 for a tiny bag). Might as well make them ourselves – starting with this PSL version! 🙂

  4. AWW Dorothy you did great on TV. You appeared very natural and you looked so cute too. I don’t eat much popcorn but that apple pie one looks like I might have to give it a whirl. Thanks for so many good ideas for food.

  5. This popcorn is so fun and I love the idea of tuning in to all the new fall TV shows with a bowl of this 🙂

  6. I love all the new popcorn recipes from Gaslamp Popcorn – this is one I definitely need to try! You did so great Dorothy – super proud of you girl!

  7. You were great! A natural in front of the camera! I can’t imagine me on TV or even videos as I just hate the thought of my voice and me looking awkward, but I can kinda understand how it would be fun too. Sometimes when I’m in the kitchen I think it would be fun to explain how I’m making something. I’ll just stick to talking to the dog for now though! This popcorn is awesome!! 😀

  8. Bravo to you for doing TV! I could never do it and like you, I always say I blog for a reason. For me, never really does mean never. lol  I think it’s amazing you did it and you did such a good job!! Congrats! 🙂

    I’d eat the heck out of this popcorn. Totally addictive I can tell!

  9. You are a natural on TV! Congrats on the segment!
    Love this easy way to dress up plain popcorn!

  10. I don’t know which impresses me more. That you were on tv with NO voice or hand shakiness?! Or that you continue to come up with delicious ways to flavor popcorn?! I hope the tv segment attracts tons of new fans! Congrats!

  11. You were awesome…you’d never know it was your first time.  The camera loves you! 

  12. I loved the TV segment!  You were so polished and professional, like you have been doing this for years!

  13. Great ideas for popcorn and a great performance on the TV segment!
    You really did a wonderful job. I couldn’t see any nerves! Congratulations!!

  14. Oh my!!! Your big break! I LOVED watching this. Now I know what you sound like. You did super well, Dorothy. I just wish they’d showed your face more, since the camera kept showing all the amazing popcorn. And you kept your cool the whole time, even when she did that little food play on your name. Super impressed!
    And this popcorn is amazing too, obvi. Love it!

  15. How fun is that?! Good for you for stepping outside your comfort zone! We never know what we are capable of until we try, right? 

    And I love this popcorn!! Hurray for pumpkin season! 

  16.  Congratulations Dorothy! Not only did you do a great job you looked like a pro.

  17. Popcorn is my favorite snack, and this looks and sounds amazing! Way to go on the television appearance, by the way. I’m gearing up to do my first one at the end of the month!

  18. Dorothy, you did fantastic! I’m sure I would have froze up but you knew exactly what you were talking about. This is a fabulous idea for Fall because who doesn’t love a pumpkin spice latte? Cannot wait to try this. 😀

  19. Stepping out of your comfort zone is good every once in awhile! Happy to hear you ended up liking it! Can’t wait to watch the segment and try this yummy popcorn!

  20. Congrats for that amazing TV debut! Every once in a while, you must do something that calls for going out of your comfort zone and I think this was just the perfect opportunity! 🙂 This popcorn is just delightful! 

  21. You did AMAZING Dorothy!!!! What finesse! I love it. SO much fun. PS this popcorn looks legit. 

  22. You killed it!!! I was the same way about being on TV and totally had to leave my comfort zone to do the Krusteaz videos. You’re a natural! 🙂 I gotta try this popcorn too…and the apple pie popcorn. They sound delicious.

  23. Congratulations on stepping outside of your comfort zone. You did great! This pumpkin spice latte popcorn is genius!

  24. Awesome! Congrats, Dorothy! You made it look so easy 🙂 Also, love this popcorn! Great idea on the espresso powder!

  25. You looked great and it tasted great too! Glad you enjoyed it.

  26. I love PSL’s, and popcorn, and would definitely have no trouble eating 7 cups of this all by myself!  Congrats on getting on TV – that’s awesome – and amazing because I totally could not do that!  🙂

  27. YUM! I can never get enough popcorn recipes! This sounds perfect to munch on while watching TV on a chilly fall night- which you probably don’t get in your area?

  28. I’m glad you liked being on TV, you did awesome! So proud of you friend!

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