Inspired by the flavors of bagna cauda, the famed Northern Italian vegetable dip made from melted butter, olive oil, garlic, and anchovies, this snack is like your classic buttered popcorn but with extra bold, grownup flavor.
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In this addictive popcorn recipe, rich brown butter and maple syrup are cooked into a quick caramel, which is then used to both candy the pecans and coat freshly popped popcorn. A generous pinch of salt makes all those sweet-savory flavors pop.
In this recipe, vibrant matcha, a type of Japanese green tea, is whisked into white chocolate to form a coating for freshly popped popcorn. Slightly herbal and not-too-sweet, it has a subtle flavor that will keep you coming back for more.
Inspired by the flavors of a spicy red Thai coconut curry, this homemade popcorn is flavored with a fragrant mix of coconut, chili power, lemongrass, makrut lime leaves, garlic, and ginger. A little sugar rounds out the assertive flavors into an addictive little package.
Za'atar, a Middle Eastern spice mixture most often made with sumac (a tart spice), sesame seeds, thyme, and oregano, gets a new starring role as a flavor for homemade popcorn. Best of all, it's incredibly easy: just sprinkle store-bought za-atar on the freshly popped corn and you're all set.
The flavors of miso soup find their way to a crisp and crunchy snack in this homemade popcorn. The secret ingredient: instant miso soup mix with some pieces of crumbled seasoned nori snack sheets. So familiar, yet so new...and totally addictive.
Inspired by the flavors of a roast chicken dinner—the chicken stuffed with cloves of garlic, lemons, and thyme, and served alongside mushrooms and mashed potatoes—this homemade popcorn is meant to evoke the essence of a familiar, comforting meal.
Sweet and salty, rich and buttery, fragrant with freshly popped popcorn—this ice cream is an easy choice for movie night.
This cranberry-studded popcorn is a light enough snack to munch on without being too filling; but its combination of sweet and salty, tangy and boozy is enough to satisfy just until your holiday feast really starts.
Salted caramel corn is one of those magical snacks that manages to taste better and better the more bites you take. (That is, until you've eaten a huge bowl and suddenly realize you've got yourself a major stomach ache.) It's got salt and sweetness, it's got bitter notes from the caramel, and it's got crunchy-airy corn kernels to anchor all that goodness. In Salty Snacks, Cynthia Nims takes this seemingly perfect treat to the next level with warming garam masala and rich pistachios.
[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera] About the author: Jennifer Olvera is a veteran food and travel writer and author of Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago....
Stinky, zingy cheeses love sweet stuff—honey, fruit, preserves, and the like but before coming across this recipe for Blue Cheese and Spiced Nutty Corn from Bluestem, we never would have dreamed of giving popcorn a place in the cheese course.
Party planner Linnea Johansson likes to serve this party snack in a decorative paper cone.
I bring you a monster-sized, cocktail nut-and-apple encrusted, spicy, brittle-based, chocolate-covered, and caramel corn and pepita-sprinkled candy bar.
Everything's better with bacon, right? Well...this popcorn is better with bacon. The salty/earthy, almost mineral notes of the bacon paired well with the chipotle and, surprisingly, the chocolate.
These sweet marshmallow-based popcorn balls work beautifully when studded with candy corn; adding an extra shake of salt makes for a sweet, salty, crunchy, crispy, sticky, and overall pretty irresistible fall treat.
This snack has all the traditional elements of Cracker Jacks—peanuts, popcorn, and caramel—but the flavors are kicked up a notch. Each little peanut nugget is an addictive combination of spicy, sweet, and salty flavors. It will keep for up to...
I once saw a friend top their movie popcorn with the pickled jalapeños meant for the nachos—confiding that they enjoyed not just the spice of the chiles in their popcorn, but also the pickling juice oozing all over it. Then I came across Todd English's recipe for Sizzling Shrimp Popcorn with Jalapeños and was further intrigued. I wasn't sure about the recipe—okay, I'm down to try fresh jalapeños topped over my popcorn, but adding shrimp to the mix? However, I'm an equal-opportunity popcorn eater, so I gave it a whirl.
This recipe is perfect for popcorn you've just popped yourself, either with a hot-air popper, the stovetop, or an electric one that uses oil. You can even pop the microwavable kind (make sure it's plain and unsalted) then dress it...