Matcha Munchies for Monstrous Appetites
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Serves: 6 to 7 cups candied popcorn
  • 6 cups freshly popped popcorn
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder (a.k.a. green tea powder)
  • ¼ cup light non-GMO corn syrup (can sub brown rice syrup, if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon non-dairy margarine or coconut oil, melted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces dairy-free dark chocolate (I like Scharffenberger), melted
  1. Preheat your oven to 200ºF and lightly grease a jelly roll pan or any rimmed baking sheet. Combine the popped corn and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In medium saucepan with high sides, combine the sugar, matcha powder, corn syrup, melted margarine or coconut oil, and salt. Whisk vigorously to break up any small clumps of matcha before proceeding. They can be tricky to disperse, especially in hot liquids, so don't be afraid to really beat the mixture up while you have the chance.
  3. Set the pan on the stove over medium heat. Periodically stir as the mixture heats up, until the sugar has dissolved. Once it reaches a full boil, stop stirring and allow it to cook at a lively bubble for 5 minutes. Don't rush it!
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Working quickly but carefully, pour the hot sugar syrup over your bowl of popped corn and gently stir to coat. Transfer the entire thing over to your prepared baking pan, spreading it out into an even a layer as possible, and move it into your oven. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour.
  5. Let cool completely before drizzling all over with melted chocolate. Allow the chocolate to fully set before breaking the popcorn into large clusters.
  6. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for 3 - 4 days, maximum.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at