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Gourmet Popcorn Creations!

What 'gourmet' variations of popcorn do you make?

Besides 'poppy-chow,' I have made my own cheddar-caramel corn mix and also cinnamon bun popcorn... with the holidays coming, I would like more ideas for over-the-top popcorn flavors/recipes.


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  1. My seven year old created his favorite popcorn flavoring: Garlic powder mixed with light brown sugar.

    I have to say, its pretty good!

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    1. re: AdamD

      That is quite odd.. BUT I will try anything! Tell him thank-you for me.

      1. re: GraceW

        Its quite good actually. I forgot salt is also in there. Will do. Report back.

      1. What do you to make your cheddar popcorn. I love it and have tried different powders but it is lousy. Would you please post how you make yours, I would be very appreciative.

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        1. re: paprkutr

          It was somewhat a mistake the first time we made it.. we put boxed Macaroni and Cheese powder on the popcorn, but now I add more than that--including parmesan cheese, truffle salt, and spices.

          For spices, the key (in my opinion) is to use Penzeys' Spices...

        2. I guess it might be kind of gauche, but I love black truffle oil on popcorn. That and some microplane'd extra sharp cheddar or pecorino, and freshly ground black pepper.

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          1. http://www.chow.com/recipes/27802-cur...

            Yesterday we tried this curry-coconut popcorn mix and enjoyed the flavors alot. We used brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup (just a personal preference) and we didn't make popcorn balls just a big bowl.

            1. dark chocolate + pistachio + toffee

              1. old bay is a big winner here!

                1. A few years ago I acquired dried salt and vinegar seasoning, unfortunately I've never seen it again. Oh so yummy! I've also done curry with a curry mix and some add ins of cayenne and cumin for heat and smoke.

                  1. This is good for oil-cooked popcorn. I sometimes like to slice garlic cloves and dried chili peppers, and put them in the oil first. Let them heat up a little, and put the popcorn in. The result is pretty awesome.

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                    1. re: bagofwater

                      Ohhhh I have some garlic cloves I'm going to try that.

                    2. Jello Marshmallow Popcorn Balls


                      1/2 cup melted butter
                      1 large box of you favorite flavored Jello
                      1 lb. miniature marshmallows
                      8-12 cup popped corn


                      In a large bowl, melt butter. Add Jello. Stir in marshmallows until well blended. Pour over popcorn and stir. Cool slightly. Butter hands thoroughly and form balls. Store in airtight container or wrap individually in plastic wrap. (Do not use aluminum foil or wax paper)

                      Number Of Servings:
                      2 dozen balls

                      1. Jell-O Popcorn Balls


                        1 c. Karo syrup
                        1/2 c. sugar
                        1c. popcorn (un-popped) (about 8 or 9 cups popped)
                        1 (3 oz.) pkg. Jell-O (favorite flavor)

                        Pop popcorn and discard any un-popped kernels. Place in large bowl.

                        In medium saucepan, bring syrup and sugar to a full rolling boil. Remove from heat, add Jell-o. Stir until Jell-o is dissolved approximately 2 minutes. Pour over popped corn. Stir well. Wet hands and form into 1 1/2 inch popcorn balls.

                        1. One of my favorites is either butter (or a light oil like canola, peanut, or extra light olive) and granulated maple sugar (real maple sugar). It's good!

                          1. I'm a popcorn junkie I absolutely love caramel and cheddar together. If I knew how to make it I would make it myself. There is this popcorn brand called GH Cretors and they make the best caramel/cheddar popcorn mix. Its heaven.