CALLING ALL POPCORN LOVERS: THE SECRET GUIDE TO POPCORN PERFECTION

In honor of Popcorn Lover’s Day today, let’s talk popcorn! For many, popcorn is a delicious treat to enjoy during a movie. But recently, popcorn has been more than just the salty treat sold in movie theatres. Popcorn can also be enjoyed at parties or at the comfort of your own home for a late night snack! Popcorn is such a great snack because it satisfies and doesn’t spoil the appetite. Another benefit of eating popcorn is that compared to various other snack foods, popcorn is one of the healthiest and lowest in calories. Since popcorn is so simple to make, there are various ways that you can enjoy this salty and satisfying treat.  Popcorn is healthier than other salty treats, and is so versatile, what’s not to love?

CinnamonChocPopcornI personally enjoy the salty/sweet combinations. For those of you that also enjoy salty and sweet treats, I found a quick and easy recipe to make your plain popcorn a little more exciting. I came across a super helpful website called popcorn.org. Thanks to this website, I now found my favorite salty and sweet treat, cinnamon chocolate popcorn. The saltiness of the popcorn, combined with a hint of chocolate and cinnamon is the perfect combination. All you need is three quarts of popped popcorn, butter-flavored cooking spray, nine tablespoons of powdered cocoa mix, and three teaspoons of cinnamon. Put popcorn in a large bowl and lightly spray with cooking spray, sprinkle cocoa mix and cinnamon on popcorn, and enjoy!

So you are at the movies and want popcorn, but you want to try some different flavors. Although, regular movie popcorn has a great taste, sometimes popcorn needs some extra flavoring. Something that I started doing is bringing kernel seasoning with me to the movies. While some movie theatres do provide popcorn seasoning available for purchase, it can’t be guaranteed which seasonings are available. The containers are very small so it is easy to pack. The two flavors that I recommend are the ranch and white cheddar. But there are so many other delicious sounding flavors such as, nacho cheddar, cheesy jalapeno, buffalo, and Cajun. This popcorn seasoning, takes popcorn to a whole new level. Try my movie theatre popcorn secret, and find out what seasoning you like best. Popcorn can be so versatile; with these quick and easy ways for creating the most perfect popcorn choice for you popcorn will never be the same:

http://www.popcorn.org/NutritionRecipes/Recipes/tabid/67/Default.aspx
http://www.kernelseasons.com

SamarSamar Dababneh
Illinois State University Student