Tired of the same old popcorn, laden with fatty butter and salt? Looking for a change? Why not try one of these great toppings to pep up every family’s favorite activity? Make your next movie night an adventure in flavor exploration with these variations!
Herbs are a flavorful substitute for salt. Those on a low sodium diet will appreciate the zest herbs bring as popcorn toppings. Use alone or blend into butter. These popcorn toppings are guaranteed to please. Try rosemary, oregano and lemon pepper or your own personal combination.
Cheese up popcorn with Parmesan, or even vegan Parmesan. Use along with salt and butter or by itself. Combine either with other popcorn toppings for interesting flavor combinations. Try it with oregano and basil for Italian flavor.
Sugar in popcorn duplicates that fresh kettle corn taste. Toss it in while the popcorn is still hot.
Fun fact: Sugared popcorn is an Italian tradition.
Toss dried fruit and other trail mix type ingredients right into the popcorn for a nutritious snack. Kids won’t realize these popcorn toppings are good for them. They’ll be too busy eating them up!
Mix your favorite nuts with the dried fruit or use them alone. Glazed nuts and butter taste like caramel corn when used as popcorn toppings. Add a bit of cinnamon for an interesting kick. The result is reminiscent of the fancy nut mixes sold in the mall.
Spice things up with a bit of chili powder or cayenne pepper powder. These spices go great with garlic and onion powder. Add butter and salt and you have taco flavored popcorn. The chili powder is mild, while the cayenne pepper kicks it up a notch.
Garlic and onion powder alone combine with butter and salt to make the most inviting of all popcorn toppings. Add Parmesan or Romano for a cheesy twist.
How about some coconut macaroon popcorn? Melt butter and a bit of almond extract in a pan over low heat. Pour over hot popped corn and toss. Sprinkle on some shredded coconut and toss again. It’s a divine combination. Movie night will never be the same.
Chocolate popcorn? Popcorn toppings don’t get any better than this. Toss mini chocolate chips right into hot popcorn. The chips will partially melt. Rocky road lovers can add a few mini marshmallows as well. Moose track lovers might add nuts or peanut butter melted into butter over low heat.
Agave butter popcorn is kinder to the bees than honey butter popcorn. Sweet and simple agave butter makes a light caramel corn. Just melt agave syrup and butter over low heat. Pour over popcorn and toss. This one is good with chopped walnuts and cinnamon too.
Additions: Customize these popcorn topping recipe combos or come up with your own. Simply add nuts, coconut, peanut butter, spices and such to suit your taste.
Note: Cutting down on saturated fat? Leave out the butter or use coconut oil based vegan butter instead.