Seven Sweet and Salty Ways to Season Your Popcorn

We have a confession to make — we might be popcorn-aholics. It could be the nostalgic feeling that eating it brings (throwback to movie nights on the couch when we were little) or the crunchy satisfaction and creative ways you can season it to transform it into whatever flavor you’re in the mood for. Or the fact that popcorn is a healthy whole grain snack that is low in calories and high in volume. The truth is, it’s probably for all of those reasons that we find our kitchens running out of popcorn kernels more than we want to admit.

We’re not giving up this addiction any time soon, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite ways to enjoy popcorn in a healthy way — by adding flavorful toppings and using our easy microwave method to air-pop popcorn.

For all of the recipes below, start with 3 tablespoon of unpopped kernels, then pop them using this brown paper bag microwave popcorn method. Add the following seasoning mixes and shake in the bag. It’s that simple!

Faux cheesy:
Add 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast and 2 teaspoon melted butter or olive oil. Note: if you’ve never tried nutritional yeast, the name alone might scare you away, but trust us, it’s delicious with a cheesy and nutty flavor. Plus, it’s loaded with B vitamins, fiber, and protein – a perfect addition if you’re a vegetarian!

Parmesan, garlic and pepper:
Combine 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. Spray popped popcorn with canola or olive oil, then toss with the cheese mixture.

Combine 2 teaspoons cocoa powder with 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss popcorn with 2 teaspoons coconut oil immediately after cooking, then sprinkle with the cocoa topping and toss in the bag.

Garlic chili lime:
Combine 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon paprika. Spray popcorn with canola or olive oil while it’s hot and evenly coat. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lime over popcorn and add seasoning mixture, tossing until combined.

While popcorn is still warm, toss with 1 tablespoon truffle oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Mix together 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon oregano, and 1 teaspoon paprika. Spray popcorn with olive oil while it’s hot and evenly coat, then toss with the seasoning mix.

Peanut butter and honey:
Mix 1 tablespoon peanut butter with 2 teaspoons honey and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Melt in the microwave until warm, about 20 seconds, and toss over popcorn until coated. Spread popcorn out on a tray for a minute or so while the peanut butter dries.

We would love to hear your favorite popcorn toppings and favorite popcorn memories!