Apple & honey gourmet popcorn – a Rosh Hashanah treat!

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah in style with gorgeous homemade gourmet popcorn.
Delicious for snacking, or pack into cartons for a wonderful & unique holiday gift.

You know what the Rosh Hashanah celebrations are missing? Gourmet popcorn. 

It’s obvious now I’ve said it, right?

I lay awake in bed the other night imagining how delicious this apple and honey popcorn would be, and figuring out how to make it, and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t done it before. Well, I’ve done it now!

apple and honey gourmet popcorn

Delicious foodie traditions

I really enjoy the food traditions of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year. The apples and honey especially seem to lend themselves to a bit of recipe innovation and experimentation. Take last year’s apple and honey cookies for instance – all the flavours of the festival in a delicious, sweet, chewy cookie. Or have a look at my no-bake apple & honey cake pops. Rosh Hashanah on a stick! Previously I’ve also made apple and honey cake, apple & honey muffins, and some extremely sticky apple & honey rice crispy cakes.

Popcorn time

I knew my gourmet popcorn had to be crispy, crunchy, sweet and delicious. It had to taste both unmistakably of honey, but also have a hint of apple. After a little experimentation, I think I fulfilled my brief.

I had to leave the bag in the other room so that I don’t eat the whole lot. My goodness.

Dangerously moreish

This apple and honey popcorn is incredibly delicious. I asked DH to taste it. He’s diabetic, and usually doesn’t really go in for sweet stuff at all. He had one piece, then immediately helped himself to a second and a third. An endorsement indeed!

apple & honey gourmet popcorn

Holiday gifts

Obviously, this popcorn is great for snacking. Keep some handy for those Yomtov munchies! It’s also a fabulous homemade holiday gift – package it in cute gift bags or popcorn cartons and hand it out to friends and family. I think it would also be an easy prepare-ahead no-stress dessert, sprinkled over some vanilla ice-cream and drizzled with a little extra honey, to make a quick sundae.

I haven’t told my daughter Kipper about the popcorn yet. Would I be a terrible mother if I saved her from herself by eating it all?

Get popping!

I used my hot air popcorn maker to make the plain popcorn, but you can use whatever method you prefer (stovetop, microwave, hot air popper…) or just buy a bag of pre-popped plain popcorn then add the coating yourself. 

Enjoy your apple and honey gourmet popcorn, and have a very sweet New Year! Shana Tova!

apple and honey gourmet popcorn

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Apple and honey gourmet popcorn

Prep Time10 min Cook Time20 min Total Time30 min
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, jewish
Keyword apple, honey, popcorn
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 270kcal
Author Helen


  • 100 g plain popcorn (or 100g popcorn kernels, see note) (9 cups popped popcorn or 3/5 cup cup kernels)
  • 30 g dried apple crisps (single serving sized bag)
  • 75 g coconut oil or vegan spread (3/8 cup)
  • 100 g light brown sugar (½ cup)
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda


  • Put the popcorn in a very large bowl and set aside. Line two large baking sheets with parchment. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Using a food processor or mini-chopper, blitz the apple crisps to powder. Pour the powder over the popcorn.
  • Combine the coconut oil, brown sugar and honey in a heavy-based saucepan and place on a medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the bicarbonate of soda. The honey caramel will bubble up and form a smooth, thick foam. Pour this over the popcorn and mix everything together using a large spoon. Be very careful not to touch the caramel as it is extremely hot and will burn you!
  • Once the popcorn is thoroughly coated in the honey caramel and apple crisp crumbs, spread it out on the lined baking sheets in as close to a single layer as possible. Bake at 180°C (350°F) for about 15 minutes, until just starting to darken in colour.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool before gently breaking apart the pieces of popcorn.
  • Store in an airtight container.


You can buy plain, unseasoned popcorn, or make your own. Pop 100g (3/5 cup) popcorn kernels using whichever method you prefer - hot air popper, stovetop, microwave or campfire!
Per serving: 270 calories, 13g fat, 2g protein, 39g carbs

Update: Kipper tried the apple & honey popcorn! She has been eating it for breakfast, snack, dessert…

If you enjoyed this, how about some Devon apple cake, sticky honey cake, or apple galettes with honey and thyme?


  1. I’d love to make the apple and honey gourmet popcorn , would anybody have Canadian/ US measurement’s? Thank you.

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  3. Extremely clever idea!

  4. I love making popcorn but have never tried it with coconut oil! 🙂 With autumn apple season just around the corner, this is on my list to try. Thanks for sharing at the Pick of the Week–come back ’cause the party’s live!

  5. I love popcorn! Am a bit of an addict. This sounds amazing – I need to up my popcorn game : ) Yummed!

  6. Ohhhh, this sounds like technique I’ve been looking for. Definitely going to try this – apple and honey is a combination I love.

  7. What a great idea, would never have thought of using apple crisps but this sounds such a delicious combination. Thanks!

  8. Ah very clever. I was wondering how to get the apple flavour onto the popcorn. This sounds like such a delicious treat and it’s such a good idea too – worth those sleepless nights 😉

    • Thanks Choclette! I was thinking next time I might make it even apple-ier by using a second bag of apple crisps, broken into small pieces and mixed in at the end. Not sure. Probably delicious either way!

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