You can put more on your popcorn than movie theater butter — and these innovative popcorn recipes prove it. With savory and sweet options you’ll be able to make popcorn for any occasion.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy these totally addictive popcorn recipes. These treats will leave you craving for more, and will become a must-make for every lazing-on-the-couch type of day. Some of these recipes will take a bit of time and effort to make, but your hard work will be rewarded the moment you take your first bite.
Salted Caramel Popcorn
Recipe and photo from: Cooking Classy
This first flavor will break the ice and get you out of your comfort zone when it comes to popcorn. This sweet-but-salty treat will be difficult to put down — and not because of the caramel’s stickiness. This popcorn is perfect for the days when you’re trapped in the house and need to find something to do. The caramel leaves a luscious taste in your mouth while the salt keeps you coming back for more. Once you’ve finished making this delicious popcorn find yourself a comfy seat on the couch, put on your favorite movie, and enjoy!
1 – 1 1/4 cups popped popcorn (use less for thicker caramel coating)
2 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup light corn syrup
2 tsp fine sea salt,
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Pour popped popcorn into two large mixing bowls or 1 giant mixing bowl.
- In a medium saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and 1/2 tsp of the sea salt.
- Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
- Once it reaches a boil, add sweetened condensed milk, then return to a boil and cook mixture, stirring constantly, until it reaches 236 – 238 degrees on a candy thermometer.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla then stir in 1 tsp of the fine sea salt (you can also stir in remaining 1/2 tsp sea salt or reserve to sprinkle over popcorn, whichever you prefer).
- Drizzle half of the caramel over popcorn then toss several times and drizzle in remaining caramel and toss, sprinkling in remaining 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste) during tossing and toss popcorn until evenly coated with caramel.
- Allow to cool then store in airtight containers.
- Chow down!
Salted Chocolate Caramel Popcorn
Recipe and photo from: Katerina Petrovska
This one is for all you chocolate lovers. This addicting popcorn is a brand new way for you to enjoy your favorite snacks and will leave you shocked at how well popcorn and chocolate go together. Caramel and chocolate are the dynamic duo that makes this recipe as amazing at it is. This ooey-gooey treat is the perfect way to “treat” yourself after a long-hard day. So the next time you’re making popcorn, why not switch things up and try making this amazing recipe?
6 cups popped popcorn (about 5 tablespoons unpopped)
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Sea Salt, to taste
chocolate chips for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 250.
- Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil; set aside.
- Place the popped popcorn in a large bowl; set aside.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt; stir until it starts to boil.
- Let boil for 2 minutes without stirring.
- Mix in baking soda and vanilla; mix until thoroughly combined.
- Pour over popcorn, stirring to coat.
- Add in chocolate chips and mix with a wooden spoon until chocolate is melted and thoroughly combined.
- Spread popcorn over prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove, sprinkle with sea salt and let cool.
- Garnish with chocolate chips and serve.
Vanilla Almond Popcorn
Recipe and photo from: Real Foods Real Deals
If someone tries to take my vanilla almond popcorn, I’m going to go nuts! Even chocolate lovers will find the vanilla in this popcorn a complete delight and the crunchy almonds are the perfect contrast to the soft and fluffy popcorn and give the dish some much needed richness — it’s like a granola made out of popcorn! Check out the link above to see the recipe!
Spicy Cilantro Lime Popcorn
Recipe and photo from: A Simple Pantry
It’s time to spice things up in the popcorn kitchen. This amazing recipe will put some heat on your tongue and some fire in your stomach— but don’t worry, it’s not too spicy. The lime is a nice, tart contrast to the cayenne pepper while the cilantro provides some much needed freshness. This is the perfect recipe to for those days when you want to try something new.
2 Bags Skinnygirl Salt & Lime Popcorn
2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp. Cumin
1/2 C Cilantro, Gently Torn
- Pop each bag of popcorn according to the instructions on the package.
- Pour the popcorn into a large bag or container with lid, add the seasoning and cilantro, seal, and then shake vigorously.
- Pour into bowls and then dig in!
Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn
Photo and recipe from: Five Heart Home
This amazing combination of rosemary, garlic-infused olive oil, parmesan, black pepper, and popcorn is second to none. This recipe is a fancier way of enjoying popcorn, but don’t let that fool you, it can be enjoyed on any occasion.
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 large garlic clove, peeled and smashed
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels (OR 12 cups freshly popped popcorn, unseasoned)
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Place 1 sprig rosemary and smashed garlic clove in the bottom of a small saucepan. Pour olive oil on top and set on stove over low heat. Stir in garlic salt and black pepper, to taste. Heat until very warm but not simmering. Turn off heat and allow to sit while popping the popcorn.
- To pop 6 cups of popcorn at a time in the microwave, pour 1/4 cup popcorn kernels in a clean paper lunch sack (I use a 12 3/8 X 6 1/8 X 4″ brown paper lunch bag). Fold over the top several times. Microwave on high until there is a 2-second pause between pops (all microwaves vary, but this will probably take around 2 minutes, give or take 30 seconds). Shake the bag so that any unpopped kernels roll to one corner. Tear a tiny hole in that corner and shake out kernels. Pour popped popcorn into a large bowl. Repeat entire process for a total of 12 cups popcorn.
- Pull leaves from second sprig of rosemary and finely mince. Set aside.
- Remove rosemary sprig and garlic clove from the warmed olive oil. Drizzle olive oil over popped popcorn and toss to coat.
- Sprinkle popcorn with grated Parmesan, 1 teaspoon fresh minced rosemary (more or less, to taste), and additional garlic salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.
These five popcorn recipes prove how versatile this simple snack can be. So whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or savory snacks are more your thing, why not try some of these the next time you have a popcorn craving?