Herbs and Spices
If you’re looking to add some flavor to your popcorn, herbs and spices are a great option. They can give your popcorn an extra zesty kick or a subtle hint of exotic flavors. Plus, there are plenty of herbs and spices to choose from, so you can experiment and find the perfect combination that suits your taste buds.
Let’s take a look at some of the options you might want to consider:
Garlic powder is produced by drying fresh garlic cloves and then grinding them into a fine powder. It can be used in both savory and sweet foods, including popcorn. When added to popcorn, garlic powder can give it a sharp, pungent flavor that complements the taste of butter or oil used for seasoning.
It is important to note that because it contains dried garlic, garlic powder will have a much more intense flavor than fresh garlic. A single teaspoon of garlic powder normally contains 11-12g of dried garlic and measures more than 5 times stronger than its approximate fresh equivalent. To ensure the best flavor results it is always wise to start by adding a small amount of the powder to the popcorn and gradually adding more until the desired flavor is reached.
The instructions below describe how to add garlic powder to plain salted or buttered popcorn:
- Spread your popped corn onto a clean surface area or into a pre-heated oven tray (this will prevent the seasonings from sticking).
- Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp of garlic powder for every two quarts (4 cups) of popcorn.
- Mix with 2 tbs of melted butter or oil before serving for an optimal flavor that won’t overpower your own taste buds!
Paprika is a popular spice that has origins in central and southeastern Europe and is made of ground chili pepper. It comes in a range of colors, depending on the variety of pepper used to make it, including red, orange and yellow. Paprika can range from mild to spicy and has flavors that are both peppery and faintly sweet.
It is often used as an ingredient in seasoning blends for grilled foods, salads, popcorn, potatoes and other traditional dishes. Paprika has hints of smokey flavor and aroma added to it thanks to the wood-burning ovens that are used during production. When adding paprika to popcorn, consider combining with other spices or herbs such as garlic powder or oregano for a bright flavor.
Cayenne pepper is a versatile ingredient that can be added to popcorn for a flavorful kick. It belongs to the Capsicum family of vegetables and its name is derived from the city Cayenne in South America, where it was originally cultivated. The spice is extremely spicy and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.
When cayenne pepper is added to popcorn, it not only adds heat but also enhances the flavor of the dish. It is often combined with other spices such as ground black pepper or garlic powder, or even combined with butter or oil for added richness. Toasted cumin seeds are also commonly used when adding cayenne pepper to popcorn for a smoky flavor.
Cayenne peppers are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as capsaicin which helps reduce inflammation and increase circulation throughout your body. Furthermore, it has been found to help lower cholesterol levels and provide aid for digestive issues including constipation and nausea.
In addition to adding flavor, cayenne pepper provides health benefits that make it an ideal choice when deciding what spices to add to popcorn!
Cheese flavored popcorn is one of the most popular additions to any popcorn snack. Cheese popcorn has a creamy and savory taste that can make any popcorn more interesting. With cheese added, it can also be a more filling snack. Adding cheese to popcorn also allows you to add more flavor without it tasting too overpowering.
Let’s explore how cheese can be the perfect addition to your popcorn:
Parmesan cheese adds a salty and savory flavor to popcorn. It is often used either alone or in combination with other cheeses. It is available in two forms – freshly grated parmesan and pre-grated parmesan cheese that is typically sold in cans or spray containers. Pre-grated parmesan contains potato starch, sugar and other additives, which can give your popcorn an excessively salty taste. For the best results, use freshly grated parmesan cheese that has been shredded or ground from a block of cheese.
If you opt for pre-grated parmesan, look for “100% Parmesan” on the label to ensure that it does not contain any fillers such as potato starch. Also be sure to sprinkle Parmesan evenly on your popcorn before baking to obtain maximum flavor.
Parmesan pairs well with a variety of herbs and spices like garlic powder, oregano, cayenne pepper and rosemary. You can even sprinkle some freshly chopped herbs like basil and parsley into the mix for some added color and taste. If you’re looking for something sweet try using a bit of turbinado sugar as well as grating some chocolate onto your hot popcorn just before serving it up!
Cheddar cheese is a type of cheese that originated in England and is now widely available around the world. Cheddar cheeses are creamy, sharp and tangy in flavor, and range in color from white to orange-yellow. This type of cheese is often used as an ingredient in sauces or on pizzas and other savory dishes. It also makes a great addition to popcorn for an extra layer of salty and slightly nutty flavor.
Cheddar can be integrated into popcorn preparations both with pre-packaged flavored popcorn or added after popping. To add cheddar cheese to regular popcorn, you can:
- Sprinkle the popcorn with shredded cheddar cheese
- Toss it with melted cheddar before serving.
If adding melted cheddar, you’ll need to melt the cheese first; usually this is done by microwaving it until just melted (about 30 seconds – 1 minute). To get a crunchier texture, you may want to try baking the popcorn in the oven after tossing it with some freshly shredded cheddar cheese for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 Celsius). Doing this allows for the cheese to melt and crisp up around the kernels. Enjoy your homemade flavored popcorn!
Mozzarella cheese is a classic topping for popcorn. Mild, creamy, and slightly tangy, mozzarella adds a layer of flavor to this snack that is sure to please. Besides adding flavor, mozzarella has a few other advantages when added to popcorn. The cheese creates a delicious glaze-like coating on each kernel which helps the seasonings adhere better than if you were to just use oil or butter alone.
There are lots of ways to incorporate mozzarella cheese into your popcorn for an extra special treat. One simple way is to sprinkle shredded or grated mozzarella over warm popcorn in place of regular parmesan cheese. You can also mix up some melted mozzarella with melted butter before pouring it over your freshly popped corn for a rich and creamy coating. Another approach is to create a mixture of spices and powdered mozzarella then lightly sprinkle it over the popcorn for an especially zesty snack. No matter how you choose to add it, mozzarella will help take your popcorn game up a notch!
When it comes to adding flavor to popcorn, there are lots of savory topping options to choose from. From classic favorites like cheese and garlic, to more exotic options like sesame salt or chili flakes, there’s something to suit every taste. Let’s explore all the delicious possibilities for adding savory toppings to popcorn.
Bacon bits are the perfect savory topping for popcorn and an easy way to add a smoky, salty flavor. Bacon bits come pre-cooked and ready to top your popcorn, in both like pork-based bacon crumbles as well as vegetarian options made with TVP (textured vegetable protein) or mushrooms.
These savory bacon bits are a favorite choice for those who like a hit of salt and smokiness but don’t feel like spending time cooking up the fresh stuff. Sprinkle some of these crunchy bacon pieces over your popcorn and you’ll be rewarded with a delicious mix of popcorn and crispy, real bacon flavor.
Tofu Bacon Bits: For any vegan eaters out there, good news – you can enjoy smoky, salty goodness from bacon bits, too! Tofu Bacon Bits are made with tofu that has been marinated in liquid smoke and other spices – soy sauce or rosemary can sometimes feature alongside maple syrup for sweetness – then baked until crisp. The result is an ultra-savory snack that still delivers all the rich umami flavors that bacon lovers will adore.
Caramelized onions are sweet, salty and perfect for adding to popcorn. To make this savory topping, thinly slice an onion, then heat a small non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add some butter or oil. Once the butter is melted, add the onions. Keep stirring them until they’re completely softened and browned. This should take about 10 minutes.
Once your onions are nicely caramelized and have a sweet flavor, remove them from the pan and sprinkle generously over your popcorn. You can also mix in:
- Olive oil
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- A mixture of herbs such as oregano and thyme
for extra flavor. Enjoy your gourmet snack!
Sliced almonds are a great way to add a nutty and savory flavor to popcorn. Not only do they help season the popcorn and add an interesting texture when gently stirred in, but sliced almonds also come with some nutritional benefits. They’re packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, fiber, niacin, manganese, phosphorous and magnesium. Almonds rank among some of the most nutrient-dense nuts on the planet and are excellent sources of heart-healthy unsaturated fats.
To add sliced almonds to your popcorn for flavor, follow these steps:
- Heat a small skillet with a thin layer of oil.
- Toast your sliced almonds until lightly golden (about 3 minutes).
- Sprinkle the warm roasted almonds on top of your freshly made popcorn while still hot – tossing it around to make sure that each piece is evenly seasoned.
- For extra flavoring, you can drizzle melted butter or olive oil over the popcorn at this stage as well.
Enjoy your nutty creation!
Popcorn is already a great snack as it is, but adding some sweet toppings can make it even more delicious! From sprinkles of sugar, to melted chocolate, there are many options when it comes to making sweet popcorn.
Let’s explore the different options available, and discuss their pros and cons:
Chocolate chips are a great way to add a sweetness to popcorn in order to create a unique, decadent treat. Rich and delicious, chocolate chips come in a variety of flavors and textures, like white chocolate morsels, semi-sweet mini morsels or dark chocolate chunks.
Stir melted chocolate chips into the popped popcorn for an easy coating that’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. You can also sprinkle them over your bowl for another layer of flavor – try layering with dark chocolate chips and white or colored sprinkles for something extra special. For added texture or crunch, you can use the same trick when topping popcorn balls! To keep the process mess-free use a spoon with small cup of melted creamy peanut butter or almond butter as glue to help hold onto those yummy treats.
Chocolate chips also make an amazing addition to savory snacks too; such as Salted Caramel Chip Popcorn made with caramel candies, brittle bits and sea salt flakes! Not only do they provide texture and sweetness but also pair so nicely with cheese popcorn too! Mix cheddar cheese flavors into buttered popcorn then top it off with mini semi-sweet morsels – this combination is truly a crowd pleaser.
Marshmallows are a classic sweet treat that is used for topping a variety of desserts and treats. As an added plus, these fluffy stars of sweetness can also help to create fun and interesting shapes when melted. From s’mores to beautiful decorative marshmallow gardens, this versatile ingredient has many uses in the kitchen.
When choosing marshmallows, you should pay attention to the ingredients list. Many traditional storebought brands contain gelatin, which makes them unsuitable for vegan diets. Fortunately, many brands now offer vegan options that are made with non-animal products like agar or pectin.
When adding marshmallows to hot beverages like cocoa or coffee, it is important to use ultra-tiny mini marshmallows so they do not alter the flavor too much. For larger applications, like campfire s’mores or baking in cakes and cookies, choose mid-size marshmallows so they retain their structure and do not completely dissolve into your creation.
For something truly unique, try melted vanilla flavored marshmallow fluff! This sweet treat has a thick consistency that works great as a spread on toast or sandwiches in place of butter or jelly, as well as a topping for ice cream and more! With this kind of versatility at hand, it’s no wonder that this particular candy is beloved by all ages.
A popular topping for popcorn is cinnamon sugar. This sweet and savory blend can be made with pantry staples and is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.
To make your own version, mix together ¼ cup of granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon in a medium bowl. Stir the ingredients together until they are well combined.
Once you have your cinnamon sugar, sprinkle it over freshly made popcorn or warm popcorn that has been pre-popped. Take measurement before adding, as too much may cause the popcorn to be overly sweet. You can also use this mixture as a topping for frozen snacks such as french toast sticks or tater tots!
Cinnamon sugar can also add some extra flavor when sprinkled over oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, fruit crisps, muffins or even toast! Get creative and try it in combination with other flavors like nutmeg, ginger or allspice.
Condiments can be a great way to spice up some popcorn. Common toppings that can be added to popcorn include salt, butter, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Other unique condiments such as ranch dressing, bacon bits, nutritional yeast, and wasabi can also be added to popcorn for a flavorful crunch.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the best condiments to add to popcorn:
Ketchup is a sweet, tangy condiment made from tomatoes, vinegar, sugar or a sweetener, and spices. It is commonly used as a condiment for French fries and hamburgers, but it can be used with popcorn too! Adding ketchup to popcorn gives it a sweet-tangy taste that may take you by surprise. If you want to try something different, ketchup can give your popcorn an interesting flavor twist.
To prepare the ketchup flavored popcorn, all you need to do is:
- Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan and add four cups of popped popcorn into the pan. Heat on medium-high heat for about two minutes.
- During this time, mix two tablespoons of ketchup with one teaspoon of butter in a small bowl until well blended.
- Now pour the ketchup mixture over the popped corn and mix until evenly coated.
- Then turn off the heat and serve hot!
When you’re looking for a savory, tangy flavor for your popcorn, look no further than BBQ sauce! This condiment pairs wonderfully with popcorn as long as it does not has too much sugar in it. When choosing BBQ sauce, it’s important to select the one with not too many pungent flavors to avoid overwhelming the popcorn’s delicate flavor.
To get that extra pop of flavor, mix equal parts of melted butter and BBQ sauce and then drizzle it over the popcorn before adding extra seasonings like grated Parmesan cheese or herbs. For a more traditional approach you can use honey barbeque sauce to give your popcorn an zesty sweetness – simply drizzle it over your popcorn and add some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and cayenne pepper to spice things up.
No matter which route you take, BBQ sauce is sure to give your next bowl of popcorn an addictive flavoring that will have you coming back for more.
You can take your popcorn game up a level with hot sauce, which adds a delicious kick to the already-savory treat. Hot sauces come in a variety of flavors and spice levels so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste. Simply shake or spray the hot sauce over freshly popped popcorn. For extra crunch and flavor, add some Parmesan or Romano cheese too!
Hot sauce also makes a great choice for topping microwaveable popcorn as well. All you need to do is sprinkle it onto the popping kernels before cooking for the full effect. A general rule of thumb is to start out light and then add more until you get your desired spicy flavor. You can also combine hot sauce with other condiments such as
- melted butter
- olive oil
to create something unique every time.