Tabasco Honey Butter Popcorn

This post is sponsored by Cabot Creamery and Bob’s Red Mill. As always, all opinions, recipes and thoughts are my own. 

Sweet and spicy, this Tabasco Honey Butter Popcorn is the perfect afternoon snack for someone who loves a combination of flavors on their popcorn. Tabasco adds pepper to the popcorn, and the sweet honey butter drizzle balances everything out to make a lovely bowl of popcorn.

bowl of buttered popcorn with tabasco sauce

I’m really excited, y’all.

It’s Popcorn Week! And I’ve teamed up with 14 other fabulous bloggers to share some innovative popcorn recipes with y’all, as well as bring you a popcorn-centric giveaway. We’re using the hashtag #popcornisforbloggers on social media this week, so be sure to follow that for all kinds of popcorn goodness.

But first? First, I’ve got a story to share with y’all about this recipe and where it comes from.

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    My final semester of college, I was enrolled in one class.

    Yep, I was that person… and I’m fairly positive several of my friends hated me because of it. After all, I was a super senior, and I should have graduated after the fall semester. Why didn’t I? Well, I wasn’t allowed to take a entry-level broadcast journalism class along with the capstone journalism course because “[I] would absolutely need to know all the skills I learned in broadcast for the capstone.”

    Spoiler alert: I did no broadcast work in my capstone class.

    I ended up spending a lot of my final semester hanging out with friends, making new friends and interning for a local magazine.

    buttered popcorn in a yellow bowl

    Since I was only taking one course my final semester, I had a lot of free time on my hands.

    One day, I was hanging out at Winston’s apartment. He was getting ready for class, and I was planning to go back to my place when he left. One of his roommates suggested that I stick around instead of heading home — we had plans for the evening, after all — and we could watch a movie while we waited for him to be done with school for the day.

    I had nothing better to do, so I agreed.

    close up bowl of popcorn

    We ended up watching That Thing You Do, a film I adored during my childhood — it’s still pretty darn good, in case y’all were wondering — and we became random movie buddies after that.

    Every time we watched a movie, he made us popcorn.

    Instead of just popping it in the microwave and calling it a day, he always sprinkled it with Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning, which gave it a little heat and a surprising (but delightful) hint of sweetness, too.

    This popcorn recipe that I have for y’all today is inspired by the snack we ate during many a movie afternoon.

    overhead close up of buttered popcorn

    I love anything that is both sweet and spicy… and this recipe just sings of that combination.

    You pop the popcorn on the stovetop in coconut oil and a little Tabasco sauce, then when it’s finished popping, you toss it in a spicy Honey Butter glaze that has a little additional Tabasco, for good measure. (If you’re concerned about it being too hot, consider adding my classic Honey Butter recipe as the glaze.)

    Transfer that popcorn to a bowl, and you’re good to go!

    Here’s how I made it:

    Hand picking up a piece of popcorn from a bowl filled with popcorn

    Hand picking up a piece of popcorn from a bowl filled with popcorn

    Tabasco Honey Butter Popcorn

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    Sweet and spicy, this Tabasco Honey Butter Popcorn is the perfect afternoon snack for someone who loves a combination of flavors on their popcorn. Tabasco adds pepper to the popcorn, and the sweet honey butter drizzle balances everything out to make a lovely bowl of popcorn.
    4.80 from 5 votes
    Servings 2 quarts
    Calories 295 kcal
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes



    • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
    • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
    • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels

    Honey Butter

    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 ½ teaspoons Tabasco sauce
    • A pinch of kosher salt

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    Make the popcorn

    • In a 3-quart (or larger) pot over medium-high heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the Tabasco sauce when the coconut oil is simmering.
    • Add a few kernels of popcorn to the oil, and cover the pot, moving over the heat constantly, until the popcorn pops.
    • When the initial kernels have popped, add the other kernels and cover. Continue the shaking movement of the pot over the heat until the kernels begin popping.
    • When the popping slows down, remove from the heat, but continue moving until all the pops are finished.
    • Let cool slightly off the heat as you make the Honey Butter.

    Make the Honey Butter

    • Stir the melted butter, honey and Tabasco sauce together in a small bowl while the popcorn is cooling. Add the pinch of salt, and stir until smooth.

    Finish the Popcorn

    • Drizzle the Honey Butter over the popped kernels, tossing slightly until all the popcorn is coated in the glaze.
    • Enjoy immediately!


    Serving: 1servingCalories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 18gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 361mgSugar: 17g
    Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

    And now, let’s talk some more about Popcorn Week, my co-collaborators and this sweet giveaway we’ve got for y’all!

    Popcorn Week ContributorsThere are 15 of us total sharing delicious popcorn recipes this week, which means three new recipes are being revealed each day!

    Here are our recipes that have been shared throughout the week:

    Cookie Butter Popcorn Cupcakes — The Crumby Kitchen
    Mexican Chocolate Popcorn — Macheesmo
    Unicorn Popcorn Rocky Road — The Sugar Hit
    Snickers Popcorn — Cake ‘n Knife
    Birthday Cake Oreo Popcorn
    — Club Narwhal
    White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Popcorn — Feast + West
    Loaded Candy Bar Popcorn — Sugar Dish Me
    Vegan Caramel Corn Cacao Nib Popcorn — Twin Stripe
    Vegan Almond Joy Popcorn — The Heart of a Baker

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    About the Author:

    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    1. You know the way to my heart, Erin. This is a Texas-sized treat. I am in love! Cannot wait to try this. Thank you so much for being a part of popcorn week!

      1. So happy you’re loving this popcorn, Susannah! Thanks for including me in popcorn week! I cannot wait to see what everyone else makes!

      1. I KNEW IT! (Just kidding. But really… I think everyone hated me since I only was taking the capstone and didn’t have to do any balancing like everyone else did.)

    2. I love experimenting with different popcorn flavors! This one sound yummy and is definitely getting added to my list!

    3. I love experimenting with different popcorn flavors! This one sound yummy and is definitely getting added to my list!

    4. So at first I thought this was going to be inspired by the spicy “honey” they have at Taco Bell — what’s wrong with me?! First of all, this sounds wayyyyyy better than any thing Taco Bell could ever hope to make (lol) and secondly my friends are all big fans of the sweet/spicy combo. I see this making an appearance on my table soon!

    5. This looks amazing! I also LOVE the sweet & spicy combo… who doesn’t! I can’t wait to make this 🙂 YUM!

    6. I am so into this. So so into it. I kind of want to eat this and then move straight onto the fried chicken, also with a honey and tabasco sauce And then for dessert a weird, honey tabasco ice cream. HONEY TABASCO EVERYTHING!

    7. This looks DELICIOUS!!! It is really speaking to the hot sauce snack junkie in me.

    8. I LOVE this snack and I always use Tony C (I can never spell it) seasoning whenever I can – I might have to sprinkle it on popcorn next – well, with the addition of a little honey butter too 🙂

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