popcorn

One of the wonders of making your popcorn from scratch is that you can control what the flavors are. There are a huge variety of popcorn flavors from salty to sweet. Whether you want a healthy kick or to ones that satisfy your deepest cravings. If you are looking for a new recipe, here are our 5 top picks.

Caramel Flavored Popcorn

Indulge your taste buds with one of these amazing and simple recipes.

Hawaiian Popcorn

For those on a sweet kick, enjoy a healthy snack with this coconut pineapple mix.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of sweetened, shredded coconut
  • ¾ chopped dried pineapple
  • 3 tablespoons of confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter.
  • 8 cups of popcorn

Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. When it is all done, combine everything including the popcorn together, and toss.

Lemon Kale Popcorn

Kale may be considered a super food, but let’s just say, it tastes “healthy.” Make it into a tempting snack with this beautiful lemon and kale recipe.

You will need:

  • 1/2 bunch kale, chopped
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 10 cups popped popcorn

Once again drizzle the olive oil first and shake the rest into the popcorn. What you will get is an earthy taste from the kale, brightened up by the citric lemon flavor. Together they make a supremely healthy, but also delicious snack.

Chili Cheese Popcorn

Chili cheese popcorn is an awesome way to spice up your usual popcorn experience.

You will need:

  • 3 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt (I use popcorn salt)
  • 3 tablespoons powdered cheese (note: you can replace cheese with nutritional yeast if you prefer a non-dairy option.)

Toss all ingredients together for a delicious and flavorful snack.

Cheesy Garlic Popcorn

Another deliciously cheesy option, you can give your popcorn a garlicky twist with this easy recipe.

You will need:

  • 3 cups of popped popcorn
  • 2 tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Enough olive oil to drizzle over your popcorn. (About 2 tablespoons)

Drizzle the olive oil onto your popcorn and then toss with the cheese and garlic powder. You’ll love the delicious flavor, and the simplicity of this amazing recipe.

Ranch Popcorn

Want to flavor your popcorn without having to put together even the simplest recipe? Keep a package of ranch dressing mix in your pantry for those days when you just feel too tired to make anything. Toss your popcorn with the ranch dressing and BOOM! Tasty, delicious, ranch flavored popcorn for your snacking pleasure.

There are literally thousands of popcorn recipes out there, from complicated ones that will keep you in the kitchen for hours, to lazy ones that just take a few minutes to prepare. There is a recipe for everyone out there, you just have to get out there and find it.

Rainy days don’t have to spell boredom or serious screen time anymore. If you’re looking for exciting ways to help your kids through the doldroms, you don’t have to run out for an enormous armful of crafting supplies. Instead, simply pop yourself a little popcorn.

Popcorn Craft Ideas

Here are 4 great crafting ideas your kids will love.

Popcorn trees

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Popcorn
  • Some sticks

Even if your children are not great at drawing, they can make beautiful and festive trees with this simple art project. Glue your sticks onto the paper as if they were the trunk and branches of a tree, and then use the popcorn for the leaves. It’s easy, beautiful, and makes a wonderful project for your kids to enjoy.

Popcorn heart bird feeder

You will need:

  • air popped popcorn
  • floral wire

You can teach your kids a lesson in nature appreciation and sharing, while doing this fun project at the same time. All you need to do is take some floral wire (or any wire thin enough to thread the popcorn without it breaking) and have your kids string popcorn onto the wire until it is mostly full. When you have your pocorn string, twist the ends together and shape it into a heart. You can hang these in your trees outside for the birds to eat, and even watch and observe who comes to enjoy your snack.

Popcorn hands

This is a great project for closer to halloween time, and also a fun snack you can pass out to kids. You can make a creepy hand using popcorn and a few other supplies!

You will need:

  • Popcorn
  • Candy Corn
  • single use gloves
  • Some ribbon

Have your kids put one candy corn in each finger of the glove, and fill the rest up with popcorn. When it’s all full, tie the end shut so the popcorn won’t escape, and you’ve got a creepy hand as a party favor, a halloween treat, or just for fun!

Holiday Garlands:

You can make these for almost any holiday, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. Simply choose colors for the popcorn appropriate for each occasion.

You will need:

  • Food dye,
  • Popcorn

Needle and Thread (large needles are best for children, as they are easier to manipulate. Remember to supervise your kids with the needle.)

  • A cookie sheet
  • A brush

Spread your popped popcorn out on the cookie sheet, and using dyes appropriate for what ever occasion you are celebrating, brush the dye gently onto your corn. (It’s easiest to mix the dye with water in a cup so it goes farther) Just a splash on each looks really nice. Let them dry completely, and when they are dry, use your needle and thread to string the popcorn as long as your kids want it.

When it’s all done, you can decorate your house with it, and when the holiday is over you can put it outside for the birds to enjoy instead of tossing it in the trash.

There are tons of other great popcorn projects out there. With a little imagination you can help your kids learn about the world and grow.