Flavored Popcorn Three Easy Ways

Source: Taste of Home & Eating Well

Food Fact

Did you know popcorn, sweet corn and field corn are all different varieties of corn? Popcorn is a whole grain that has a hard, moisture-resistant hull surrounding a dense pocket of starch, which is why it pops when heated. Field corn is the primary corn planted in the U.S. and is used for things like animal feed while sweet corn, on the other hand, is grown for humans to eat and picked at an immature state to capture its sweet flavor. Corn used to dominate Ohio farm fields, but soybeans have quickly grown in popularity and now, most farmers grow some of each.

Ingredients

For Rosemary Parmesan:

  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves
  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

For Buffalo Ranch:

  • 16 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/8 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ranch salad dressing mix

For Spiced Blend:

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. For Rosemary Parmesan:

    1. Place rosemary on a baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes or until crisp. Finely chop rosemary and set aside.

    2. Place popcorn in a large bowl and drizzle with butter. Sprinkle with cheese, salt, pepper and rosemary. Toss to coat.

  2. For Buffalo Ranch:

    1. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine buffalo wing sauce, melted butter, and cayenne pepper. Drizzle over popcorn and toss to coat.

    2. Sprinkle with ranch salad dressing mix and additional cayenne pepper to taste. Toss to coat.

  3. For Spiced Blend:

    1. Combine cumin, chili powder, salt, cinnamon and cayenne in a small bowl.

    2. Spread popped popcorn in an even layer in a large, shallow baking pan. Lightly coat the popcorn with cooking spray. Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the popcorn and toss to coat.