Popcorn Recipes

Beyond salt and butter popcorn recipes
Beyond salt and butter popcorn recipes


Popcorn is a favorite snack among movie lovers, kids and just about anyone else. Plain popcorn is a low calorie, healthy snack, but can become boring after a while. Salt and butter are tried and true toppings, but can also lack the pizzazz of something new and different. There are many ways to make popcorn including the good old fashioned stovetop method, air popping or in the microwave. Get creative after the popcorn has popped and turn the same old boring snack into a fun and tasty creation. All of the following recipes use plain, unsalted popcorn as the base.

Jell-O Flavored Popcorn

Pop 8 to 9 cups of plain popcorn using your favorite popping method.

Place the popcorn into a large bowl with enough extra room for tossing.

Add 1/2 stick of butter to a small pot on the stove.

Turn the stove on to a medium heat to begin melting the butter.

Add 4 tablespoon Karo light corn syrup to the butter while stirring.

Add ½ cup of sugar to the pot while stirring.

Add 1 package of any flavor of Jell-O gelatin to the stovetop mixture.

Continue to stir until it comes to a full boil.

Remove the mixture from the heat.

Add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda to the hot mixture – it will become foamy – stir until the baing soda is well blended.

Pour the Jell-O mixture over the popped popcorn evenly.

Use a wooden spoon to toss the popcorn and coat the popcorn.

For a gooey snack:

Lightly spray your hands with Pam cooking spray.

Pick up the Jell-O flavored popcorn and form balls.

Place the balls on wax paper to cool.

For a crunchy snack:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the popcorn in an even layer on the parchment paper.

Place the cookie sheet in a pre-heated 300 degrees Fahrenheit oven and bake for 7 to 10 minutes.

Allow the popcorn mixture to cool and break it into pieces.

Jell-O Marshmallow Popcorn

Use 6 to 7 cups of popped popcorn.

Place the popcorn into a large bowl.

Melt ½ stick of butter in a large pot on the stove.

Add the contents of one 10 ounce package of marshmallows to the butter and continue to heat.

Add 3 ounces of any flavor of Jell-O flavored gelatin.

Stir the ingredients until the marshmallows are completely melted and the Jell-O is evenly distributed.

Turn the heat off.

Pour the popcorn into the gooey mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until the popcorn is fully covered.

Spray your hands with Pam cooking spray or lightly coat with butter.

Pick up the marshmallow and popcorn mixture and shape into balls or bars.

Set them on a sheet of wax paper.

Kool-Aid Popcorn

Follow the directions for Jell-O popcorn and substitute 3 ounces of your favorite flavor of Kool-Aid for the Jell-O.

Peanut Butter Popcorn

Use 6 to 7 cups of popped popcorn.

Melt ½ stick of butter in a large pan on the stove.

Add ¾ cup of brown sugar, 1/3 cup of peanut butter and one 10 ounce package of marshmallows.

Stir until the marshmallows are melted and all ingredients are well blended.

Turn off the heat.

Pour the popcorn into the peanut butter mixture and toss to coat the popcorn.

Form the peanut butter covered popcorn into balls and set on wax paper.

Caramel Popcorn

Use 9 to 10 cups of popped popcorn.

Pour the popcorn into a large, clean paper bag.

In a pot on the stove combine 3 cups brown sugar, 3.4 cup Karo light syrup and 1 ½ cups of butter. Turn on a low heat under the pot.

Stir the ingredients continuously while they come to a rolling boil.

Turn off the heat on the stove and stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. The baking soda will make the mixture foam up.

Pour the mixture over the popcorn in the bag. Immediately fold the top of the bag over and shake it vigorously to distribute the mixture over the popcorn.

Tips for Caramel Popcorn

After adding the popcorn to the paper bag, you can also add chocolate chips, broken pretzel pieces, M&M’s, cut small bits of your favorite candy bar, nuts or anything else you’d like. After adding the extras, shake to mix and then add your hot caramel to the bag.

Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Pop approximately 6 cups of plain popcorn.

Add 3/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup Karo light corn syrup, 1/3 cup cocoa powder and3/4 cup butter to a pot on the stove.

Turn the heat on to medium. Stir the mixture continuously until it comes to a full boil.

Remove the pot from the stove and stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the popcorn and mix well to coat all of the popcorn.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Spread the chocolate covered popcorn over the cookie sheet and place in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Allow the popcorn to cool.

Break the chocolate popcorn into pieces.

Chocolate Popcorn Tips

Add 1 cup of your favorite nuts, broken pretzel pieces, shredded coconut or small, cut-up pieces of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to the bowl of popcorn before pouring the chocolate over the top.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

Pop approximately 6 cups of popcorn and set aside in a large paper bag.

Place 1 stick of butter, ¾ cup brown and 1 ½ tablespoons of cinnamon in a pot on the stove.

Turn on a medium heat.

Stir continuously while the butter melts to combine the ingredients.

Pour the mixture over the popcorn. Immediately fold down the top of the bag and shake vigorously to evenly coat the popcorn.

Preheat an oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Pour the popcorn onto the cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Popcorn Recipe Tips

Use orange flavored Jell-O or Kool-Aid for a fun Halloween treat.

Make red and green popcorn balls for Christmas.

Make pastel colored, egg-shaped popcorn treats for Easter.

Popcorn balls, coated popcorn and broken popcorn makes a great party snack or any day treat.

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