Popcorn is one of those amazing snacks that everyone enjoys, no matter what their age. It’s also a food that can be super healthy, or, you know, just plain unhealthy, depending on if it’s got just a bit of salt and butter, or if it’s drowning in them. However, popcorn tastes great in some way or another to every single person, whether they like it plain, with a little salt and butter on it, or even homemade popcorn seasoned with something unique. There are actually many, many different ways that you can make your own popcorn that’ll fall in love with your taste buds, and, it’ll be a whole lot healthier than the popcorn you find in stores or at the movie theater.
Popcorn can be seasoned with pretty much anything, but a lot of people enjoy the taste of movie theater popcorn, in which case all you have to add is melted butter and salt. You can spice buttered popcorn up by mixing hot sauce or Tabasco sauce with the melted butter before drizzling it over your snack. You can also add Parmesan cheese, lemon pepper, taco seasoning mix, dill weed, a bit of salt and vinegar, or herbs such as parsley, basil, and oregano, to give buttered popcorn a little twist.
For the cheese lovers out there, you can make Cheddar cheese popcorn by mixing together a quarter cup of cheddar cheese powder with three tablespoons melted butter, along with a quarter teaspoon mustard powder and a quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper. Add salt and pepper to taste, pour the seasoning over your popcorn, and mix well. You can also try pizza-flavored popcorn, made by mixing two tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, one teaspoon ground oregano, and half a teaspoon dried tomato powder. Sprinkle the seasoning over the popcorn.
If you like cajun-style food, why not make cajun popcorn? Mix two teaspoons paprika with a half teaspoon red pepper, half a teaspoon white pepper, half a teaspoon black pepper, half a teaspoon onion powder, half a teaspoon oregano, half a teaspoon thyme and one eighth teaspoon celery seed. Take one teaspoon of the seasoning and mix it with a half teaspoon onion powder, and you’ve got yourself some cajun-style seasoning.
For those people with a sweet tooth, you’ll love being able to make your own, dessert-worthy popcorn at home. For caramel popcorn, melt one cup butter and stir in half a cup of corn syrup, two cups brown sugar, and a teaspoon of salt. Boil the mixture for five minutes, then add a half teaspoon baking soda and vanilla. Stir the mixture into the popcorn, and then bake at 250 degrees for ne hour, stirring every fifteen minutes. Let the popcorn cool, and enjoy!
You can make cinnamon and sugar popcorn, too. Just mix half a teaspoon ground cinnamon with two teaspoons white sugar, and sprinkle the seasoning over your popcorn. Or, if you’re a chocolate lover, make chocolate popcorn by melting two tablespoons of butter and four ounces of chocolate. Stir in two tablespoons of cream, and if you wish, glazed cherries. Mix the flavoring into the popcorn, and top with chopped nuts (optional). Refrigerate the popcorn for two hours, and then dig in!
There are so many different ways that you can make popcorn, and the ones mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your own crazy combinations – your popcorn could just become the next big thing!