Popcorn is one of the best snacks nature ever created. It’s delicious, doesn’t require complicated recipes to be enjoyed, has relatively better nutritional value compared to other snacks and junk food. But let’s face it: there are times when we also get tired of the usual salt and butter flavours, and the occasional cheese toppings for our bowl of popcorn.
But how else can we further enjoy our popcorn treats? Well, if you’re prepping up a popcorn machine for a scheduled party, then here are some great choices of toppings to make our favourite snack more memorable to munch:
- Paprika, parsley, and olive oil.
Butter is a signature popcorn flavour, but if you’re already done with the convention, then you might want to check out your spice rack and see if you have some parsley and paprika. This combination of herb and spice gives a fresh taste out of the cooked popcorn kernels, as the paprika releases a tangy spicy hint while the parsley evens out its strength.
You need not add salt anymore when topping the popcorn with these spices; however, if you want it a little buttery, then add a dash of olive oil instead.
- Pesto-cheesy garlic.
Since we’re at it, then why not do a more Italian approach to your popcorn treat? You can do this by using three ingredients, basil, parmesan cheese, and garlic.
You can either mix parmesan cheese and garlic powder on your popcorn, similar to what you do with cheese or barbecue flavours. To cap the recipe off, you can sprinkle the flavoured popcorn with chopped basil.
Meanwhile, you can also crush the basil leaves and turn it into a fresh pesto paste, then mix it with parmesan cheese and garlic before adding them to the popcorn.
- Chilli seasoned.
There are those who really like it hot, and if you are one of them, then this flavour would be for you.
You will definitely enjoy a hot and spicy popcorn snack with these ingredients: salt, chilli seasoning, and butter. All you have to do is drizzle the popcorn with melted butter and toss the salt to coat. Then you add ¼ cup of any chilli seasoning mix of your choice and serve it right away.
This type of popcorn treat works best for movie marathons, as the hot and spicy flavours make your feelings more intense while watching your favourite flick. You can even add these ingredients once your kernels are taken right out of the popcorn machine!
- Tangy Lime-Chilli.
Lime-chilli flavours are popular in Latin American cuisines, and if you are feeling a little bit Latino when it comes to food, then this is a good way to compensate. To start with, combine freshly chopped lemon grass stalks with a teaspoon or two of grated lime zest. Then add in some cream of tartar, sugar, chilli powder, and salt. Afterwards top the popcorn with a dash of melted butter or olive oil, then toss and turn to coat each kernel with the spices. You may then add another spoonful of chilli powder in case you want it to taste spicier than average.
Lastly, if you’re feeling the gourmet spirit, then you might as well check out truffle oil and truffle salt. Truffle condiments are all the rage these days, and they too can turn your popcorn treat into a snack for the nobles.
Truffle oil and truffle salt may be a bit expensive, as these can only be bought in speciality stores. However, if you feel like your popcorn treat should be served in a rather special way, then this should do the trick.