Apple & honey gourmet popcorn – a Rosh Hashanah treat!

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

I really enjoy the food traditions of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – especially the apples dipped in honey, because they lend themselves so well to a bit of mixing up, recipe-wise. Take last year’s apple and honey cookies for instance – all the flavours of the festival in a delicious, sweet, chewy cookie. Yum. 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.

But back to the gourmet popcorn.

I knew it 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’ve had to leave the bag in the other room so that I don’t eat the whole lot. Mmmmm.

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. Mmmmmmm. Apple & honey-licious 🙂

apple & honey gourmet popcorn

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 Kipper about the popcorn yet. Would I be a terrible mother if I saved her from herself by eating it all?

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
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
1622 calories
233 g
0 g
80 g
13 g
65 g
370 g
353 g
153 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1622
Calories from Fat 685
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 80g
Saturated Fat 65g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 353mg
Total Carbohydrates 233g
Dietary Fiber 15g
Sugars 153g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 100g (9 cups) plain popcorn (or 100g popcorn kernels, see note)
  2. 30g (single serving) bag dried apple crisps
  3. 75g (3/8 cup) coconut oil
  4. 100g (1/2 cup) light brown sugar
  5. 3 tbsp honey
  6. 0.25 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  1. Put the popcorn in a very large bowl and set aside. Line two large baking sheets with parchment. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
  2. Using a food processor or mini-chopper, blitz the apple crisps to powder. Pour the powder over the popcorn.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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 180C for about 15 minutes, until just starting to darken in colour.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before gently breaking apart the pieces of popcorn.
  7. Store in an airtight container.
  1. 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!
Update: Kipper tried the apple & honey popcorn! She has been eating it for breakfast, snack, dessert…


  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. 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!

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

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

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

  7. 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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