Popcorn is a tradition at our house; after Sunday-afternoon naps it’s popcorn time. It’s so easy to make and every bowlful feels like a little party. Make a batch; try these additions for a fun twist.

Cherlyn Beachy

Cherlyn Beachy

A little helpful tip – to make popcorn a few hours ahead of serving it, pop the popcorn. Then set the bowl of popcorn in the oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees; stir and leave in the oven for five additional minutes. That will prevent squeaky stale popcorn.

Popcorn

Pop 1 cup popcorn kernels however preferred – stove top, air popper or microwave.

     Creates 12 cups popped popcorn

Peppermint Chocolate Popcorn

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 16 ounces white chocolate
  • ½ t peppermint extract
  • 10-20 peppermints
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Crush peppermints; add them along with chocolate chips to popcorn.

Melt white chocolate; add peppermint extract.

Pour over popcorn; stir.

Spread on large baking sheet to harden.

Peppermint Chocolate Popcorn

Peppermint Chocolate Popcorn

Smoky Spanish Almond Popcorn with pepitas

     Note: Pepitas are seeds harvested from specific hull-less pumpkin varieties.

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup pepitas
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 1 t salt

Toss together in large bowl.

Drizzle with melted butter if desired.

Smoky Spanish Almond Popcorn with pepitas

Smoky Spanish Almond Popcorn with pepitas

Sugar and Spice Popcorn

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 3 T butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ¼ t salt

Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat.

Add remaining ingredients; continue cooking.

Stir until sugar is dissolved.

Pour over popcorn.

Spread on a greased baking sheet.

Bake for 10-15 minutes at 300 degrees.

Sugar and Spice Popcorn

Sugar and Spice Popcorn

Mexican Chocolate Popcorn

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • 2 T powdered sugar
  • ½ t cayenne pepper
  • 2 t cocoa powder
  • ¼ t salt

Combine all with popcorn; mix in a large bowl.

Drizzle with butter if desired.

Mexican Chocolate Popcorn

Mexican Chocolate Popcorn

Parmesan Garlic Popcorn

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t dried parsley flakes
  • ¼ t salt

Combine in large bowl.

Parmesan Garlic Popcorn

Parmesan Garlic Popcorn

Cherlyn Beachy lives near St. Ansgar in northeast Iowa with her husband, Mervin, and their son and daughter. They have a large garden and raise their own chickens, beef, pork and eggs. She’s a stay-at-home mom who loves to cook and enjoys photography. “I cook like many of you – no special equipment, no exotic ingredients and no one else to wash the dishes,” she says. “I’m always on the lookout for tasty easy-to-prepare seasonal food.”