There are so many different preferences and choices in the world of popcorn these days, the ultimate go-to snack and essential food while watching movies and sharing experiences. Enjoyed simply by itself, traditionally smothered with butter and salt or with unique ingredients and flavors for a whole new experience, this interesting seed can be created to suit everyone’s taste buds.
For my own personal experience, pop corn has evolved dramatically growing up. For years, I would only consume popcorn drenched in butter and salt, which then smoothly transitioned into its “slightly” better alternative, kettle corn. Now it has become a “healthier” alternative snack by utilizing other oils and an opportunity for me to experiment with different flavors by making it homemade.
Finding the right process in making homemade popcorn is essential in order to avoid burning the kernels, something that seemed to happen to me frequently in college. Since I didn’t have a real popcorn maker, I tried to get by with just popping kernels in a pan on a stovetop. As you can imagine the result was not always favorable. Then when I first started working at Nordic Ware, I discovered the popular Microwave Popcorn Popper and I had to get it and experience it for myself! I was amazed how easy it was to make a full bowl of popcorn in a just a few minutes, no burnt kernels or messes. With the simple BPA- free and Melamine free plastic bowl and vented cover design, I make perfect batches of popped kernels every time I have used it. The best part is that oil or butter is not necessary, so it’s a great way to make a quick and simple healthy snack. If you enjoy just plain popcorn or like to spice up your popcorn snack with unique flavors, Nordic Ware’s Microwave Popcorn Poppers are a must to have around in your kitchen for those last minute movie nights or a delicious snack to share with others.
I wanted to go above just making perfect plain popcorn and experimented with other creative ways to use this product combining different flavors. Try these four sweet and savory recipes next time you crave a popcorn snack! Enjoy!
Curry Spiced Popcorn
½ cup popcorn kernels
2 tsp coconut oil (optional)
¼ cup Coconut Oil
2-4 Tbsp curry powder (taste preference)
1-2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt (Add more depending on taste)
Make popcorn by adding kernels and coconut oil to Popcorn Popper and microwave until ready (or other method of making popcorn). In a sauce pan, add ¼ cup of coconut oil and add curry, sugar and salt until fully incorporated. Pour over ready-made popcorn and stir until fully coated.
*Add more curry powder and salt to taste on top
Honey Peanut Butter Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle
½ cup popcorn kernels
½ cup honey
¼ cup sugar
½-3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (depending on taste preference)
½ tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1+ Tbsp coconut oil
Semi sweet chocolate chips for drizzle
Add kernels to microwave Popcorn Popper and make popcorn in microwave (or other method to make popcorn). In small saucepan on medium heat, bring honey, coconut oil, and sugar to a rolling boil. Once ready, remove from heat and add peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Stir until smooth. Pour peanut butter sauce over popcorn kernels and stir until completely coated. Let cool completely. Meanwhile, melt chocolate and drizzle over popcorn when ready. Enjoy!
Salted Truffle Corn
½ cup kernels
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Truffle salt (add more for taste)
2 tsp white sugar (add more for taste)
Add kernels and olive oil to Microwave Popper and pop kernels. Once ready, add truffle salt and sugar until popcorn is completely coated. Add more to taste and enjoy!
Cinnamon Maple Popcorn
½ cup kernels
1 cup maple syrup
5-6 Tbsp nut butter of choice (peanut, almond, cashew)
2 tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (add more based on taste)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add popcorn to the Microwave Popper and pop kernels till finished (or make fresh popcorn using other method). For the sauce, bring maple syrup to a boil over medium heat in a small pan. Watch syrup and boil for 2-3 minutes, making sure syrup doesn’t overflow. Remove from heat and add cinnamon, salt, nut butter, and vanilla to maple syrup. Mix until well blended. Add syrup to popcorn and stir until popcorn is completely coated.
Spread popcorn on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, then rotate and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove and add additional cinnamon or salt. Let cool completely. Once cooled, break into pieces or leave in clusters and enjoy!