Monica's favorite gear for
making Popcorn Party Mix
Gourmet quality with bulk pricing.
A blend of spices that has many uses for fall cooking. It's adds seasonal flavors to this popcorn.
This good quality corn syrup that adds sweetness as it coats the popcorn.
This Grade B syrup adds rich flavor and sweetness to the popcorn.
I use the larger 13x18 baking sheet in this set for making my popcorn party mixes. It's so convenient to be able to cover and store it until serving time.

Autumn Spice Popcorn Party Mix

Pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup & nuts flavor this seasonal snack

Today's post is on one of my favorite topics: popcorn party mixes. They are so versatile, and it's hard to find anyone who doesn't love popcorn. I like to make different kinds of popcorn mixes to fit different seasons and occasions. That means it's time for a popcorn mix for autumn.

This super easy recipe doesn't require a candy thermometer. It combines autumn flavors and nuts with maple syrup to make a delicious seasonal treat that is great for fall parties of all kinds. You can also bag it up and give it for party favors, hostess gifts, and classroom treats.

This is one basic recipe that you can make 3 ways: (1) a sweet, nutty popcorn mix; (2) the same mix drizzled with chocolate; or (3) the chocolaty mix decorated with colorful sprinkles. 


Step-by-step photos for making
Autumn Spice Popcorn Party Mix


Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: pecans, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), maple syrup, corn syrup, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, salt, sugar, butter, popcorn. Optional: chocolate chips & sprinkles.

You can buy pumpkin pie spice or make your own. (click for my recipe)

view on Amazon:  organic light corn syrup, organic maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, organic popcorn


Step 2. Prepare 8 cups of popped popcorn, preferably without salt, oil or butter. I like to pop mine in the microwave.

Step 3. Spread the pecans and pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and toast in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Step 4. Combine the toasted nuts with the popped corn and set aside.

view on Amazon:  my favorite baking sheet set with lids


Step 5. Over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, butter, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Stir it frequently while it heats up. Once it reaches a rolling boil (that means the entire surface is bubbling, and the bubbles can't be stirred away), continue to boil for 3 minutes; stirring constantly during the last minute.

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Step 6. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla.

Step 7. Quickly add and stir in the nuts and popcorn. Stir until popcorn is evenly coated.

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Step 8. Spread hot mixture out evenly on a large baking sheet that has been coated with cooking spray. While it's still hot and pliable, you may need to break up and redistribute some of the nuts that have clustered together.


If you won't be adding chocolate drizzles, you can stop right here. Let the mixture cool completely, and then break it into pieces.


The autumn flavors of pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup are a yummy combo! 


The nuts add flavor and crunch.


If you want to add some chocolate drizzles to your popcorn mix, complete Steps 1-8 above, and proceed with these steps...

Step 9. Add a little canola oil to chocolate chips and microwave at full power; stop and stir every 20 minutes just until chips completely melt; careful not to over-cook the chocolate. 

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Step 10. Use a spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate on the coated popcorn/nut mixture.



Step 11. For a decorative touch, you can scatter the melted chocolate with decorative sprinkles. Orange sprinkles are perfect for an autumn mix.


Done! Let the chocolate harden before breaking the popcorn mix into pieces.


Cupcake liners are a fun, convenient, and tidy way to serve this at a party.


If you are an anything-is-better-with-chocolate type person, then you'll love this mix with the chocolate drizzles. It's a great combination of flavors and textures.


So you choose. With or without chocolate, it's a tasty treat.

popcorn mix

If you like popcorn party mixes as much as I do, you might also be interested in my recipes for Pretty-in-Pink Party Popcorn MixGame Day Party Popcorn Mix, and Green Popcorn & Pretzel Party Mix.

Make it a Yummy day!


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Autumn Spice Popcorn Party Mix
By Monica              Servings: makes 9 cups
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 8 cups unsalted* popped corn, unpopped kernels removed
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips; dark, milk or white chocolate
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • orange decorating sprinkles
Toast pecans and pumpkin seeds by spreading out on baking sheet and baking at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Add toasted nuts/seeds to popped corn; set aside.
Coat large baking sheet with cooking spray; set aside.
In 5 quart pan on stove top, combine sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, butter, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Over medium-high heat, bring to a rolling boil (the entire surface is bubbling, and the bubbles can't be stirred away) and continue to boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Add popcorn/nut mixture to cooked syrup mixture; work quickly to stir until popcorn and nuts are evenly coated. Transfer to prepared baking sheet, continue to work quickly to spread out hot popcorn mixture on baking sheet. Redistribute nuts, if necessary, before mixture hardens. Let cool completely. To add chocolate drizzles (optional), melt chocolate chips and canola oil in microwave at full power; stop and stir every 20 seconds just until chips completely melt; do not over cook the chocolate. Use a spoon to drizzle melted chocolate over popcorn mixture. If desired, scatter colored decorating sprinkles on melted chocolate. Cool until chocolate is set.
Break into pieces and store in airtight container.

*If using salted popcorn, omit or reduce additional salt.
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This post was included in TidyMom’s I’m Lovin it Fridays.

This post was updated 9/26/13. It was originally a guest post on

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

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