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« on: September 14, 2011 08:03:14 PM »

I adore popcorn (air-popped, non of that microwavable junk. Though I'm a sucker for movie theater popcorn), but its nice to change things up a bit from the usual melted butter, occasionally with a little sprinkle of salt.

Any ideas to shake things up? Preferably nothing prebought, like those flavoured popcorn powders. Things I have in the kitchen.

I just tried a little sprinkle of sugar and it gives it that kettle cooked flavor, which is tasty as well.
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2011 04:09:46 AM »

Melt some chocolate and mix it with the popcorn.
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2011 01:45:31 PM »

Two words: Spice Cabinet.

It's not the pre-bought flavoring junk, it's actual flavors. My favorite is spicy honey curry popcorn.


Failing that, eat popcorn with a blindfold because you'll taste it differently.
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2011 07:55:26 PM »

Chili powder and a sprinkle of fresh lime juice. Smiley

Have you ever tried making popcorn on the stove in a kettle?  It's a little less healthy since you have to use a little oil but it's still better than the microwave stuff (IMO.)  In a 4qt kettle or sauce pan, heat about 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil along with 3 kernels of unpopped popcorn.  Keep the lid on and as soon as you hear the 3 kernels pop, pour in 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn.  Keep the lid on tight and shake the kettle occasionally to help all the kernels pop.  Remove from heat once the popping stops, keep the lid on for an extra minute or so in case any stray kernels pop.

As a variation of the kettle popped popcorn, you can make...kettle corn!  Start the same as above, by heating the oil in your kettle with 3 kernels of popcorn.  When they pop, pour in 1 tablespoon white sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 unpopped popcorn.  Clamp the lid on and keep that kettle moving constantly!  It's best to alternate on and off the heat, too.  Usually about 5 seconds on to 3 seconds off, and keep shaking and swirling the pan so the sugar doesn't burn.  It probably will still burn a little, at least the first few times until you get the timing down, but most of it should still taste good.
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2011 08:28:14 PM »

Mmm all of those suggestions sound tasty.

@MaggieTheCat :
I've tried that once at a friend's place and MMMMMM it was delicious. If I'm in the mood for popcorn but don't have that "I need it NAOW" feeling, I'll definitely give it a shot.
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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2011 11:51:24 PM »

I like to infuse the butter with flavor before adding it to the corn. Like granulated garlic, rosemary, and red pepper flakes. 
Another favorite is soy sauce or Bragg's Liquid aminos  Just need to be careful to sprinkle evenly so none of the popcorn is soppy.
This one only works with popcorn popped in oil or the powders don't stick, but nutritional yeast and cheddar cheese powder( check local health food store) make a great combo.
For super easy flavor try smoked salt, or truffle salt.
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2011 11:02:51 PM »

Melt some chocolate and mix it with the popcorn.


Yeah, tried it too and it's really delicious. Or if you want just dip the popcorn on the chocolate mix.
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2011 12:45:22 PM »

finely shredded asiago or roman cheese  =)   
Franks Red Hot Sauce  & a dash of Splenda, I know sounds weird but it works, that hot, sweet thing
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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2011 06:55:25 AM »

If you like something with a little bit of spice, you could try Old Bay seasoning. Its good on everything. I know its store-bought, but there are several recipes on the internet with suggestions on how to make your own. Like this one from about.com

Ingredients:
    1 tablespoon ground dried bay leaves
    2 teaspoons celery salt
    1-1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
    1-1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
    1 teaspoon ground celery seeds
    1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Or some sort of cinnamon sugar sort of thing with just a tad of butter to make it stick would probably be tasty if you like things sweet.
Or a little drizzle of some sweet caramel.
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2011 09:57:50 AM »

Take 3 tablespoons of chili pepper and sprinkle some mozzarella cheese. Or if you want something sweet add a cup of brown sugar and a tablespoon of cinnamon. Make sure you mix both of them well. Let me know if you try either of them.
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2011 10:09:36 AM »

Truffle oil and parmesan - so yummy!
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« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2012 04:51:31 AM »

I like coating my popcorn in honey and cinnamon sugar and eating it with milk, like cereal.

Seriously.  It and honey Crispix were the only cereals I ate as a kid.
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2012 07:35:44 PM »

I like to pan pop my pop corn in a little olive oil and a sprinkle of sugar. When it's done I top it with butter and sauteed garlic as well as nutritional yeast. I can't get enough of popcorn made this way and it's super easy.
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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2012 04:59:51 PM »

I like coating my popcorn in honey and cinnamon sugar and eating it with milk, like cereal.

Seriously.  It and honey Crispix were the only cereals I ate as a kid.

I'm trying that now Cheesy Except without the milk.
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« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2012 08:01:18 PM »

I take an extra spice shaker bottle and add some powdered (grated, whatever in the green can) Parmesan cheese and then add in some Cayenne pepper and granulated/powdered garlic. Savory, cheesy, and spicy! I think I've added parsley before for color, I like pretty popcorn. You can mix some up and then just keep the shaker bottle in the fridge.
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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2012 08:02:52 PM »

This is my favourite spice mix for popcorn and potatoes. It's almost salt-free (the only salt is from the steak spice) and I like to prepare it ahead of time so I always have some handy.

  • 1 tablespoons steak spice
  • 1 tablespoons mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram (or oregano)
  • teaspoon dill seed
  • teaspoon coriander seed
  • teaspoon caraway seed
  • teaspoon ground sage
  • teaspoon ground rosemary
  • teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

1. Combine all the spices together and grind them until fine.
2. Pour into a dry frying pan (no oil), and toast, over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Stir constantly but slowly (careful not to burn).
3. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2012 05:39:40 AM »

this is a sweet (plus optional saltyness)

melt approx equal amounts of -real- butter and honey in a small pan and toss through the popped corn..it is amazing! We tend to add a sprinkling of coarse sea salt too as we like the sweet salty thing..And we always pan-pop it with a little oil as you can make a big pan!
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« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2012 08:44:51 PM »

I was on Weight Watchers for the longest time, and my favourite way to eat popcorn was doused in garlic powder.

Try five-spice powder and a little bit of sugar.  (It's good.)
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« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2012 10:02:36 PM »

Try five-spice powder and a little bit of sugar.  (It's good.)

I second this. Best popcorn-topper combination ever.
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« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2012 10:19:14 PM »

Cinnamon bun popcorn:

Spread air popped popcorn on a baking sheet (or really, just leave it in the bowl, I don't think it helped that much and then I had to clean the baking sheet) and pour over 1/4 cup melted butter mixed with 1 teaspoon (or more) cinnamon. I also sprinkled on a good pinch of kosher salt because I like salty + sweet. Then mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1 T milk and pour that over. Num!
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« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2012 02:24:41 PM »

These all sound DIVINE.

And I like that not all the recipes have margerine/butter. I like to have popcorn as a study snack and leaving greasy fingerprints all over my super pricey university textbooks and papers isn't the most desirable thing!
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« Reply #21 on: February 29, 2012 09:07:54 AM »

I think I now want an air popper even more than before--these all sound fantastic.
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« Reply #22 on: February 29, 2012 10:26:11 AM »

I got my air popper from Ross of all places! I love looking at their kitchen stuff. Cheesy

ETA: Although I just saw a really cool style in a magazine, after it pops it, it keeps it in a clear bowl type thing that is part of the machine (unlike mine which shoots it out into a bowl I put under it) and then there is a button to turn a mixer on so you can mix up the flavorings you pour in!

Found it! Ok, more expensive than my $12 Ross one! Cheesy

http://popcornairpopper.us/cuisinart-cpm-950-easy-pop-plus-popcorn-maker-red
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« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2012 05:03:10 PM »

I got my air popper from Ross of all places! I love looking at their kitchen stuff. Cheesy

ETA: Although I just saw a really cool style in a magazine, after it pops it, it keeps it in a clear bowl type thing that is part of the machine (unlike mine which shoots it out into a bowl I put under it) and then there is a button to turn a mixer on so you can mix up the flavorings you pour in!

Found it! Ok, more expensive than my $12 Ross one! Cheesy

http://popcornairpopper.us/cuisinart-cpm-950-easy-pop-plus-popcorn-maker-red

I want one! Ours is literally..26 years old. Still works, but about a third of the popcorn comes whizzing out and either burns you, or gets all over the floor and counters.
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« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2012 12:34:59 AM »

I have an old air popper, that shoots popcorn every which way. I find that enough gets in the bowl to feed us and the dog simply loves cleaning up the popcorn that ends up on the floor. I would say it is probably one of his favorite times. P-O-P-C-O-R-N!
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« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2012 06:29:26 PM »

 My husband likes dill seasoning and salt. I like a drizzle of olive oil, and liberal grindings of sea salt and cracked black pepper. I once did a drizzle of dark chocolate and then sea salt, put in fridge to harden. OMG. Doesn't travel well but so good.
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« Reply #26 on: August 26, 2012 08:16:06 AM »

Jalepeno powder and sea salt (ground, not chunky salt otherwise you'll just get a bunch of salt at the bottom of your bowl).

You can have your microwave-convenient air popcorn by popping 1/3 cup of popcorn inside a brown paper bag. No need to get appliances or pans out. Comes out perfect every time. Just fold the top firmly so it doesn't bust open. You can even re-use the bags if you're environmentally touchy, or give the bags to your gerbils to play with (if you had gerbils, which I do). I prefer adding a tiny bit of oil so flavor or salt will actually stick to the popcorn. A drizzle isn't going to kill anyone.
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