Popcorn is a favorite among those who love to snack and save money. For just a few cents per serving, home-popped kernels are also the ultimate in versatility. From salty to sweet to fiery hot, these inexpensive toppings keep popcorn fresh and exciting.
50 Ways to Get Creative With Your Popcorn
This Moroccan spice blend uses a laundry list of ingredients such as cinnamon, coriander, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Create your own flavor with ingredients you have on hand, or buy a premade mix for an authentic Moroccan-flavored snack that could stand on its own or complement a chicken tagine dinner.
Recipe: Lizzy in the Kitchen
This floral take on popcorn isn't for everyone, but those who love adding a touch of lavender to their edibles will enjoy this. As with other lavender recipes, using a only a tiny amount of high-quality dried flowers is all that is required for the right balance.
Recipe: North South Food
Classics get their status for a reason, and a good coating of coarse sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper is nothing to sneeze at. Since minimalism is the key here, using high-quality salt and fresh pepper goes a long way to ensure bright and deep flavors.
Combining peanut butter and chocolate with popcorn can seem like a daunting and messy task, but it's actually quite simple. This recipe lays out the basics for coating popcorn with any thick sauce mixture by melting it to pourable consistency and tossing to combine.
Recipe: Cook for Your Life
This no-brainer recipe is everything provides the buttery, spicy sauce you love about wings, but without all of the fat. (Not to mention it costs just pennies per serving to make.) Serving this alongside traditional wings is a nice option for vegetarian friends who don't want to miss out.
Recipe: Wonky Wonderful
Unlike truffle oil, truffle salt is made with actual pieces of truffles that permeate the salt for intense and authentic flavor. A small amount goes a long way and turns popcorn into a pairing made in heaven for fine wines.
This Asian-inspired topping uses sesame seeds and nori, the sheets of seaweed used to wrap sushi. The flavor combination is earthy and nutty, bringing a burst of umami. Pre-made mixes of seaweed and sesame seeds can also be found at most Asian grocery stores.
Recipe: Dawn Jackson Blatner
This homemade version of a popular flavor combo is made by whisking vinegar and butter together until well-combined and then drizzling the mix over the kernels. This recipe calls for white balsamic to keep the appearance clean, though other types of vinegar would work too.
Recipe: Cookies & Cups
Wasabi is the spicy green horseradish that often comes as a paste alongside sushi. Wasabi can also be found in powdered form, which makes it easy to sprinkle over popcorn. Combined with a bit of soy, the salty and nose-tingling spice of wasabi makes for an exhilarating snack.
Recipe: Brooklyn Farm Girl
Melting a high-quality butter and drizzling it over popcorn became classic for a reason, because it's one of the most delicious combinations. There are two philosophies to this approach, one being to use a salted butter and kill two birds with one stone. The other is to use an unsalted butter for maximum richness, and add sea salt for extra crunch and flavor.
This Chesapeake Bay seasoning mix is famous for seasoning crabs and boardwalk fries and has a special place in the hearts (and taste buds) of many East Coast natives and seafood enthusiasts. Capture the flavor of crab boils or beach vacations in light and fat-free popcorn by adding a small amount of this classic spice blend to your kernels.
Recipe: Sweet C's
This loaded popcorn concoction is a lightened-up and gluten-free way to enjoy the sweet and cinnamony flavors of a traditional bakery item. The corn syrup helps bind the ingredients together and creates one homogenous batch that can be broken into smaller pieces.
Recipe: The Girl Who Ate Everything
Making your own sour cream and onion treats is easy with a few pantry and fridge staples and some specialty items. The only special item in this recipe is buttermilk powder, which can be found at specialty cooking stores or online. The buttermilk powder is what gives this spice blend its characteristic tang
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