It’s one of my family’s favorite snacks. Everyone eats it without complaining. It cleans up easily off the floor when it gets dropped.Let’s see–popcorn is easy to customize so it doesn’t get boring. And it’s inexpensive.
What’s not to love?
How I Pop Our Popcorn
Whenever we need a batch of popcorn, it’s easy to pop up on the stove. I just add a tablespoon or so of olive oil or coconut oil to a cold pan.
Then I pour in enough popcorn to cover the bottom of the pan. Too many kernels can cause popping problems, so I aim for just one kernel thick all the way around.
I’ve found it best to add the popcorn to the oil before it heats up. Otherwise it’s too easy to burn.
Once I add the kernels, I add a couple shakes of salt. That let’s it easily distribute throughout the whole batch without being too salty.
Then I put the lid on the pan, turn the heat to medium high, and start gently shaking. I shake gently throughout the popping process.
Once the popping slows down, I turn the burner off. But I leave the pan on the burner until the popping stops completely.
Then I dump it into a big bowl and it’s ready for toppings!
Here are ten of our favorite types of popcorn.
1. Caramel Corn
It might sound complicated, but in reality, caramel popcorn only delays snack time by 15 minutes.
I love using this recipe because it’s super simple! And it doesn’t use corn syrup, which I don’t always have on hand.
2. Parmesan Popcorn
To your popped popcorn, pour on some melted butter. It helps the Parmesan stick!
Then sprinkle over grated Parmesan cheese. I never measure this. I just sprinkle while I shake the bowl until it looks nicely coated.
Some of the younger kids don’t like this type of popcorn, but I love making it in the evening after they’re in bed! I can’t really blame them for not liking it. After all, I used to call this kind of cheese “Stinky Foot Cheese.”
Tastes definitely change as you get older!
3. Jell-O Popcorn
I’ve written about Jell-O popcorn before! Here’s the details.
You can make it any color and flavor you’d like. And this one really reminds me of the colorful popcorn my parents used to buy my sisters and I at the mall.
Fun flavors and good memories. Now that’s a combination!
4. Popcorn Trail Mix
What do you get when you add popcorn to chocolate chips, Craisins, and raisins?
Feel free to add whatever else you have hanging out in your cupboards. We’ve tried it with nuts, sunflower seeds, oyster crackers, and a ton of other random add-ins.
We’ve never had a bad batch!
This snack is fun for packing in individual bags for a long shopping day.
5. Cheesy Popcorn
Remember those Christmas tins full of three flavors of popcorn? Well, I’ve figured out how to make the cheesy variety!
Then you add melted butter to your popcorn, and sprinkle the cheese powder over it. It doesn’t take as much as you might think. I start with about 1/4 of a cup of powder, mix it well, and then give it a taste. I sometimes add a little more.
6. Movie Theater Style
This one is Jayme’s favorite! It definitely isn’t skimping on any flavor. Or calories!
Over a batch of popped corn, drizzle a 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil and a 1/4 cup of melted butter. Then salt.
The combination of oil and butter is fabulous!
7. Pepper Popcorn
This is one of my favorites, but the kids don’t really like it. I just add some fresh cracked pepper to the kernels along with the salt at the beginning of the process. It’s easy, and gives it a nice flavor profile. I also add butter at the end!
8. Kettle Corn
A sweet variety that’s a tad easier than caramel corn, kettle corn is the perfect blend of sweet and salty.
But, a warning. I have a scar on my arm from peeking at my kettle corn too soon. It happened way back when I was pregnant with Ellie, and she’s 6.5 now! I’m always more cautious with this type of popcorn now because the sugar gets super hot!
For kettle corn, I start like a regular batch. Except, before I put the lid on, I stir in 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. I use a wooden spoon and makes sure the sugar gets distributed.
Then I put the lid on and proceed as above. Except I shake it more vigorously, because the sugar burns easily.
Be sure not to remove the lid until the popping has completely stopped.
9. Chocolate Marshmallow
This one is sticky, so it definitely doesn’t clean up as easily as the other batches. We save it for special occasions.
To the hot popped corn, add about 1 cup of mini marshmallows and about 1 cup of chocolate chips (I’ve been known to add more of each, but that’s a good starting point!). Shake well to distribute. The heat will begin to melt the chocolate and marshmallows so it’s a gooey, delicious combination!
10. Taco Popcorn
Once you’ve popped your corn, add melted butter. Then sprinkle on about 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning. Shake well!
What’s Your Favorite Popcorn Flavor?
Please leave a comment letting me know your favorite variety. We love experimenting with new flavors!
No matter which kind you love, it’s the perfect night to settle down with a big bowl of popped corn and a good movie. What a fun way to spend time together!
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