Ghost Cheddar Popcorn #HalloweenRecipes

Devilishly spiced ghost pepper and cheddar cheese popcorn is not for the faint of heart, although it is manageably spicy.
Ghost Cheddar Popcorn

Ghost Cheddar Popcorn

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Today I  am sharing my recipe of the day which  is for ghost cheddar popcorn. You may also notice that today I also am sharing my recipe for honey sriracha peanuts for a separate event.

I am known as being a bit of a chilehead as I love love  love hot and spicy food. I also love popcorn. Being a diabetic I am very happy that for whatever reason, having a small bowl does not run my bs up, but I know  it is different for everyone. So if you know me and know I am  diabetic and simply seeing me post something doesn’t mean it is ok for diabetics. I do cook something which I  may only taste before passing it on to family and friends. But for  me, the  small bowl of  popcorn is ok. I hope it is also ok  for you.

It helps that this is even hotter than the sriracha nuts, and has a definite burn that builds. So you aren’t exactly going to be able to pig out on this easily.

Of course, you can dial the heat down by using a less *lethal* type of ground pepper. Cayenne and jalapeno are really delicious and are far less spicy than the ghost. Oh and you might want to add just a little bit of the pepper to the cheese mix and taste it before dumping it all in. Some people don’t even like black pepper and I really don’t need the hate mail. K?

But anyway, this is great for parties.

I remember when I was young we had a  huge jar of some freakishly hot pickled jalapenos (not really hot compared to this but- hey! It was the 1970’s!)

We used to dare each other to eat those. And watch our faces turn red.  So you  can  imagine the fun  you might have  with this snack!

Enjoy! And have a safe and happy Halloween!

Ghost Cheddar Popcorn

Halloween Recipes

Festive Foodies bloggers have joined hands to bring you a collection of favorite Halloween recipes, both today, and also we shared a bunch on Tuesday, so you can go back and check  those out if you like.

Tuesday I  shared my recipe for Candy Calzones, which are flaky turnovers chock full of candy bars. You can make them ahead on purpose, or if you should happen to find yourself buried in candy bars after Halloween, these are a good way to get rid of some, and right quick, too.

Halloween Recipes


Ghost Cheddar Popcorn

Ghost Cheddar Popcorn

  • Servings: 14
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ghost Cheddar Popcorn

  • 14 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ghost chili pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Pop  popcorn using your favorite method.
  2. Stir  together the cheddar cheese powder, chili powder,  salt, ground ghost chili pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Drizzle popcorn with melted butter and toss to mix.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese mixture and toss again to  coat.

From the kitchen of

Ghost Cheddar Popcorn

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3 responses

    • You can use the jalapeno pepper powder in this- I did cut the ghost way back to 1/4 tsp but it might take more of a milder pepper. Start small and taste the cheese mix with the pepper in it and you will get a good idea before it’s where you can’t walk it back.

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