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by Cora L Diekman

buttered sriracha popcorn

Rich and spicy, this recipe calls for lots of ice cold refreshments (hello, margaritas!) for cooling things down. For every ½ cup of unpopped popcorn kernels, prepare one batch of this delicious topping, which requires 4 tbsp of butter, 1 tbsp of sriracha sauce, and 2 finely minced cloves of garlic. In a medium saucepan, heat butter until melted, add the sriracha and garlic, and then remove from heat. Allow to rest while the popcorn pops so flavors can meld. Pour over hot popcorn and enjoy immediately.

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rosemary parmesan popcorn

When your next movie night calls for something slightly more sophisticated than the average bag of microwave popcorn, try a flavorful stovetop version with an Italian twist. Begin by adding a sprig of rosemary and 1 smashed garlic clove to ¼ cup of olive oil, season with garlic salt and pepper, and heat (but do not simmer). Remove the solids from the oil and pour over freshly popped popcorn, then top with another sprig of finely minced rosemary leaves and ¼ cup of grated parmesan. Season with additional garlic salt and pepper, if desired. Will coat 6 cups of popped corn (about ¼ cup of unpopped kernels).

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birthday cake popcorn

Cake meets popcorn?!? We say — yes, please! For a delicious movie time treat that combines the best of both sweet and salty worlds, start with four simple ingredients: 6 cups of popped popcorn, 1 ½ cups of white chocolate chips, 1 cup of cake batter mix (yellow or white), and ¼ cup of rainbow sprinkles. Working in 30 second intervals, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Then add in the cake mix and stir until combined (will be thick). Pour over popcorn and add sprinkles, stirring until everything is well incorporated. Finally, spread out evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper until hardened, and EAT!

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maple bacon popcorn

This recipe requires a few extra steps but it’s seriously worth it. In the end you will have 8 delicious cups of salty-sweet bacon flavored popcorn goodness! Start by creating a scrumptious maple coating on the stovetop by combining brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, and maple extract in a sauce pan. Then simply stir in pieces of fully cooked bacon, pour over popcorn, and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Delish! 

Tip:

 For chewy popcorn remove from the oven after 10 minutes; bake for 15 minutes for a crunchy texture.
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bbq ranch popcorn

If you want maximum flavor for minimal effort, try this zesty recipe which was created for spicing up bags of microwave popcorn. To make you will need 2 bags of popcorn already popped, 1 1-ounce packet of dry Ranch seasoning, 2 tsp of smoked paprika, and 2 tsp of light brown sugar. Combine the Ranch, paprika, and sugar in a bowl, and toss with hot popcorn until combined — working in batches to ensure an even coating. Quick, easy, and seriously delicious!

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easiest ever truffle salt popcorn

This recipe — if you can call it that — couldn’t be easier. With three simple ingredients (including popcorn) it’s all about the flavor and aroma of truffle salt, and the lovely juxtaposition of simple popcorn dressed with a seemingly high-brow ingredient. The truth is that while actual truffles are expensive and difficult to source, truffle salt is readily available online and at specialty food stores for a reasonable price. To make this delicious popcorn, start by popping kernels on the stovetop in olive oil to provide a delicious flavor base, and then season liberally with truffle salt while still hot. That’s it! Simple enough for movie night, but glam enough to serve as a deliciously salty cocktail party treat.

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s’mores popcorn

This recipe combines everything you love about camping without having to leave your sofa! popcorn and s’mores are two quintessential fireside treats that adults love just as much as kids (okay, if not more). Start with 1 bag of unbuttered microwave popcorn, 2 cups of milk chocolate chips, 2 cups of mini marshmallows, and 2 cups of graham cracker pieces. Pop the popcorn and spread evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then melt the chocolate in the microwave, and evenly coat the popcorn with the toppings, beginning and ending with a drizzle of melted chocolate — this helps to keep everything ‘glued’ together. Allow everything to cool, and then break into pieces and eat greedily with unadulterated joy!
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simple marshmallow popcorn

When you need a sweet treat FAST, this is your answer. This recipe calls for bags of microwave popcorn, and all of the toppings are warmed in the microwave in the same bowl — no stovetop needed! Start by popping a bag of low-fat popcorn, and set aside. Then throw (roughly) 64 mini marshmallows, ½ cup of brown sugar, and ¼ cup of butter into a large bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted and combined (stir frequently). Then pour over popcorn and fall in love.