Spice up your snack routine with these popcorn recipes


After enjoying extra cookies and hearty meals over the holiday season, it’s time to regain some sense of normalcy and routine.

Popcorn is a great gluten-free snack that can be enjoyed anytime. Three cups of popcorn equals one serving of whole grains.

National Popcorn Day is January 19, so let’s celebrate with a few recipes like fragrant and flavorful Jamaican popcorn, which features hot pepper, spices and jerk butter to help warm you up from the inside out. . Or consider Furikake Popcorn, a lighter recipe that explodes with the flavors of sesame, nori and a blend of Japanese spices. When you can’t decide, toss Everything Bagel Spice over popcorn and savor the savory delights of sesame and poppy seeds, dried onion and garlic.


Yield: For 4 to 6 people

Jamaican Jerk Popcorn / National Popcorn Council

1/4 cup butter
1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
1 C. grated lime zest
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. grounded ginger
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground clove
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp. salt
8 cups popped popcorn

■ In a small saucepan, combine the butter, chili pepper, chili powder, lime zest, pepper, thyme, allspice, ginger, garlic powder, cinnamon, cloves cloves, nutmeg, onion powder and salt. Cook over low heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until the butter melts and the mixture is fragrant.
■ Place popcorn in a large bowl; immediately toss with spice mixture until evenly coated.

Furikake Popcorn/National Popcorn Council

Yield: For 2 to 3 servings

1 nori sheet, broken into pieces
1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Granulated sugar
2 tbsp. melted butter
6 cups popped popcorn

■ In a spice grinder or using a mortar and pestle, grind the nori with half the sesame seeds until finely ground. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl. Stir in the remaining sesame seeds, salt and sugar.
■ Place popcorn in a large bowl; toss with butter and furikake seasoning until evenly coated.

All Bagel Popcorn / National Popcorn Board

Yield: For 4 people

8 cups popped popcorn
2 tbsp. melted butter
2 tbsp. poppy seeds
2 tbsp. black sesame seeds
1 C. garlic flakes
1 C. onion flakes
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

■ Place popcorn in a large bowl.
■ In a small bowl, combine seeds and seasonings.
■ Drizzle melted butter over popcorn and sprinkle with seasoning mix. Stir until well coated. Store any leftover seasoning in an airtight container.

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