Spiced Piri-Piri Popcorn

Bored of the same old popcorn?
Here’s a simple alternative to sweet or salty popcorn.
A popcorn made with The Spice Yard Piri Piri Blend mixed with butter* and drizzled with syrup.
Its spicy, sweet, tangy and comes with an “Irresistible munching” warning!
Make this with the young ones as it’s fun, easy and involves no flour.


  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 100 g popcorn kernels (usually found near the bags of popcorn or try the World food aisle as sometimes cheaper)
  • 40 g butter or vegan butter such as Vitalite
  • 3 tbsp Golden syrup
  • 1 tsp Piri-Piri spice blend(feel free to add more if you like it really spicy)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat oil in the large pan on a medium to high heat. Place ONE kernel in the large pan and place the lid on. Once the kernel pops, you know the oil and pan are hot enough.
  2. Tip in the kernels and immediately place the lid on the large pan. Wait for the popping to commence, once the popping slows down, lower the heat.
  3. Meanwhile in another small pan, melt the butter, syrup and Piri-Piri spice on a medium to low heat. Don’t let the butter burn. Keep stirring. It may boil and thicken slightly and that’s fine.
  4. Add salt to the melted butter if you want to.
  5. Take the popcorn off the heat completely, at this point you shouldn’t hear anymore popping but BEWARE there could be the odd rogue kernel that will pop later.
  6. Spread the pop corn out on a tray.
  7. Drizzle the butter mixture over the popcorn and allow to cool.
  8. You can also pour the butter mixture into the large pan and mix well, if you find it easier to do it this way round. Remember to allow a little longer for the popcorn to cool down, if you are mixing in the pan.

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