Flavored Popcorn

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  1. To make flavored popcorn, start with freshly popped corn.
  2. For every 4 cups of popped corn, stir in 1 tablespoons melted butter or margarine and 1/8 teaspoon salt (salt is optional).
  3. Then add additional seasonings as indicated for each type of popcorn described below.

Note: because some seasonings are naturally salty or buttery, some directions will reduce or omit the salt or butter.

CHEESE CORN (2 servings) – Stir in 1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely shredded Cheddar cheese (at room temperature) per 4 cups buttered popcorn.
Nutrition information per serving: 227 calories, 15.8 g fat, 9.7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 363 mg sodium, 44.9 mg cholesterol, 12.8 g carbohydrate, 2.3 g fiber, 0.3 g sugar, 9.2 g protein,10% vitamin A; 4% iron; 0% vitamin C; 21% calcium.

CURRY CORN (2 servings) - Add an Indian dimension with a light sprinkling of curry powder; add 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon per 4 cups buttered, salted popcorn.
Nutrition information per serving: 114 calories, 6.6 g fat, 3.7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 187.8 mg sodium, 15.3 mg cholesterol, 12.8 g carbohydrate, 2.5 g fiber, 0.2 g sugar, 2.2 g protein, 4% vitamin A; 4% iron; 0% vitamin C; 1% calcium.

CURRY MIX (2 servings) – 1 teaspoon curry powder, 3/4 teaspoon tumeric, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, and a pinch of cayenne pepper per 4 cups buttered popcorn.
Nutrition information per serving: 119 calories, 6.7 g fat, 3.8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 43.3 mg sodium, 15.3 mg cholesterol, 13.7 g carbohydrate, 2.8 g fiber, 0.2 g sugar, 2.4 g protein, 5% vitamin A; 5% iron; 1% vitamin C; 1% calcium.

HOT CORN (2 servings) – For true fire eaters, shake 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper over 4 cups buttered, salted popcorn. Make sure you have plenty of liquid refreshments on hand!
Nutrition information per serving: 116 calories, 6.6 g fat, 3.8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 194.2 mg sodium, 15.3 mg cholesterol, 13 g carbohydrate, 2.6 g fiber, 0.2 g sugar, 2.2g protein, 10% vitamin A; 3% iron; 1% vitamin C; 1% calcium.

ITALIAN POPCORN (2 servings) – Add 2 tablespoons melted butter per 4 cups popped corn, but omit salt. Stir in 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon dried whole oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt. Mix well.
Nutrition information per serving: 215 calories, 15.3 g fat, 9.2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 602.3 mg sodium, 39.3 mg cholesterol, 14.5 g carbohydrate, 3.3 g fiber, 0.3 g sugar, 6.3 g protein, 12% vitamin A; 9% iron;2% vitamin C; 15% calcium.

NUTCORN (3 servings) – Toss about 1 cup of your favorite unsalted nuts into 4 cups buttered, salted popcorn. Any variety of nuts to equal 1 cup works well, too. If salted nuts are used, omit salt in popcorn.
Nutrition information per serving: 346 calories, 27.8 g fat, 5.6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 130.5 mg sodium, 10.2 mg cholesterol, 19.9 g carbohydrate, 5.7 g fiber, 1.9 g sugar, 9.3 g protein, 3% vitamin A; 11% iron; 0% vitamin C; 3% calcium.

PIZZA MIX (2 servings) – 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder per 4 cups popcorn.
Nutrition information per serving: 88 calories, 2.2 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 78.2 mg sodium, 4.4mg cholesterol, 13.6 g carbohydrate, 2.4 g fiber, 0.5 g sugar, 4.2 g protein, 1% vitamin A; 3% iron; 0% vitamin C; 6% calcium.

SWEET CORN (2 servings) – Add 2 tablespoons melted butter per 4 cups popped corn, but omit salt. Combine 2 teaspoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and toss with buttered popcorn.
Nutrition information per serving: 181 calories, 12.2 g fat, 7.4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 83.1 mg sodium, 30.5 mg cholesterol, 16.9 g carbohydrate, 2.5 g fiber, 4.4 g sugar, 2.2 g protein, 8% vitamin A; 3% iron; 0% vitamin C; 1% calcium.

VANILLA CORN (2 servings) – Stir 1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract into melted butter before tossing it with 4 cups salted popcorn. Then toss popcorn with the vanilla butter mixture. For variations, check your spice shelf. You might enjoy peppermint extract, rum flavoring, or maple flavoring.
Nutrition information per serving: 116 calories, 6.5 g fat, 3.7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 187.6 mg sodium, 15.3 mg cholesterol, 12.6 g carbohydrate, 2.3 g fiber, 0.3 g sugar, 2.1 g protein, 4% vitamin A; 3% iron; 0% vitamin C; 0% calcium.

CAJUN-STYLE (2 servings) – Seasoning mix: 2 teaspoons Paprika, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon oregano, 1/4 teaspoon thyme, and 1/8 teaspoon celery seed. This makes 4 teaspoons of seasoning mix. To use, combine 1 teaspoon of the mix with 1/2 teaspoon additional onion powder and add to the 4 cups buttered popcorn.
Nutrition information per serving: 129 calories, 6.9 g fat, 3.8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 44.2 mg sodium, 15.3 mg cholesterol, 15.8 g carbohydrate, 3.7 g fiber, 0.8 g sugar, 2.8 g protein, 30% vitamin A; 9% iron; 4% vitamin C; 2% calcium.

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