Popcorn is already a pretty common snack; one we often enjoy while watching movies at home or in the theater. And while popcorn drenched in butter has its merits, it's destined for so much more than that. So whether you pop your own kernels or use a nifty microwave bag, try these popcorn tricks and treats the next time you’re looking to mix up your snack (or movie) routine.
Savory Spice Mix
One way to boost the flavor of your typical bag of popcorn is by adding unexpected spices. The more untraditional the better. Here are eight awesome starter ideas.
Nut and Popcorn Trail Mix
The next time you clean out the pantry, save those odds and ends and a few extra minutes to whip up popcorn trail mix. All you need is popcorn, nuts, something sticky (like drizzly chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, or marshmallows) and really anything else you have on hand (like dried fruit, pretzels, or the crumbled bits in the bottom of your cereal boxes). Leave it all mixed together or go spherical and turn them into popcorn balls.
Popcorn Parmesan Crisps
As if baked Parmesan crisp crackers couldn’t get easier or tastier, try adding a little popcorn to the mix next time. Start by putting a cup of popped popcorn and a cup of Parmesan cheese into a food processor and blend until it takes on a crumbly texture. Then add another 1/2 cup of Parmesan and spices (I love garlic powder and dill) to the mixture. Stir until well combined.
Scoop about two tablespoons of the mixture onto a silpat-covered baking sheet and use your hands to form flat, round cracker shapes. Place the baking sheet into a 400°F oven and cook until the Parmesan is golden-brown and crispy at the edge, about three to five minutes. Remove from the oven and let the crackers cool and harden.
For a quick dessert, top warm summer berries with a sweet and savory popcorn crumble. To make the crumble, simply mix one cup popped popcorn with one cup banana chips in a food processor until it becomes crumb-like. Then add three tablespoons of melted butter (or coconut butter) to the mixture, layer over warm berries, and bake in a 375°F oven for about 10 minutes.
Popcorn Drop Cookies
Yes, this snack idea will take a bit more time than, say, popping popcorn in the microwave. But let’s be real: Cookies are easy to make and worth the few minutes of stirring they require. So, bump up your next batch of oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies by adding a little buttered popcorn to the mix.