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5 Delicious Popcorn Variations

Whether you’re having a family movie night, or enjoying an inexpensive date night, popcorn is the perfect snack! It’s cheap, easy to prepare, and offers some nutrition.

Stovetop Popcorn Directions

To pop popcorn on the stove, you’ll need:

  • A 2-quart pot with a lid
  • 2 Tablespoons oil (canola, olive, coconut)
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Put your pan on the stove and add the oil and kernels. Sprinkle the salt over the top of the kernels. Remember to put the lid on!

Heat over medium-high, and slowly shake your pan back and forth to help prevent scorching.

Continue shaking as you hear popping. Once the popping slows, turn off the heat and stop shaking. Let the pan sit on the hot burner for another few seconds to encourage all of the kernels to pop.

Then carefully take off the lid and pour the popcorn into a large bowl. It’ll be hot and ready for toppings.

But, plain old buttery popcorn can be boring. If you want to spice up your popcorn, try one of these recipes:

1. Taco Popcorn

Taco popcorn gives your taste buds a little kick. It’s really easy to make.

You’ll need:

  • 1 batch of popped popcorn
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning

Drizzle the melted butter over the bowl of popcorn. Slowly sprinkle the taco seasoning over it. Shake gently to ensure all of the popcorn is covered.

2. Parmesan Popcorn

Parmesan cheese adds a unique twist to popcorn.

You’ll need:

  • 1 batch of popped popcorn
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Add butter to your bowl of popcorn. Next, add your parmesan cheese. Mix well and enjoy!

3. Caramel Popcorn

Caramel corn takes a little more prep, but it’s sweet goodness is worth the effort!

You’ll need:

  • 1 batch of popcorn with the unpopped kernels removed
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

In a medium saucepan, place the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt. Stir well and turn to medium heat.

Stir occasionally until the mixture begins boiling. Once it boils, you don’t want to stir anymore.

Set your timer for five minutes, and let the caramel boil.

When the time is up, remove from heat.

Carefully pour the caramel over your popcorn. It will be really hot, and can burn you. Make sure your popcorn is in a heat resistant bowl.

Stir the popcorn to coat the pieces evenly. Let the popcorn cool a few minutes, and serve.

4. Jell-O Popcorn

This kind of popcorn is so fun, you can change up the flavor of Jell-O used to make different colors. You can make orange popcorn for Halloween!

You’ll need:

  • 1 batch of popped popcorn, unpopped kernels removed
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 3.5 oz box of Jell-O (not the sugar free variety!)
  • Non-stick spray

This popcorn needs to bake a bit when it’s done, so preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray.

In a medium sized saucepan, add butter and corn syrup. Turn to medium heat and stir until butter melts.

Add Jell-O and sugar, stir.

Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.

Pour the hot liquid over your popcorn. Stir well with a heat-resistant spatula.

Dump the popcorn into your prepared baking pan.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool.

5. Kettle Corn

Kettle corn is a fan favorite! This one cooks a little differently, so you won’t need to make a batch of popcorn before you start.

You’ll need:

  • 2 Tablespoons of oil
  • ½ cup kernels
  • ½ cup sugar

Place all ingredients in a 2-quart pan with a lid. Turn the heat onto medium-high, and pop as directed above. Be sure to shake the pan frequently, because the sugar is easy to burn.

When popping slows, turn the heat off. Remove pan from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove lid and pour into a bowl.

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