Welcome to Cook with Brooke. Today, we’re making flavored popcorns for the win, with quick and easy recipes to totally up the ante.
When we lived in Mississippi, I remember going to the mall with my parents, opening up the door to walk in and being blasted with that wonderful smell of popcorn. There was one of those Karmelkorn places catty corner from the 3-tier blue tiled fountains. Remember those places? Their sign had the big red K that curved under the rest of the word?
Geez, I went way back for that memory, but it’s one that pops up in my mind every so often when I walk by a flavored popcorn place. These days, flavored popcorns go way beyond caramel, cheese and buttered flavors. They have some out-there ones, including key lime pie popcorn that I’ve tried and needed to wash down with a bottle of water. Key lime pie, as a popcorn, not too great.
But you want to know what is great? Flavoring your own popcorn! Even better, it only takes a minute or two, especially when using the kind you can pop in the microwave.
Did you know that popcorn is high in fiber? It sure it. It’s also high in several other nutrients including vitamins and antioxidants. True story. So, it’s not going to break your diet when you eat it. The air popped kind is the best for your system, only costing a 100 calories or so. However, today we’re using popping with the microwave popcorn and adding some flavorings that do contain some sodium, but during these weird times, I just don’t feel that popcorn can be the tit-for-tat of calorie counting.
Let’s get popping!
On today’s Cook with Brooke, I’m sharing two quick tricks to flavor popcorn. Because let’s face it, if you can up the ante on popcorn, then bring it on. We’re using powders to flavor our popcorn, with one that may surprise you. Pleasantly. These recipes are so quick and with just a couple ingredients for a big bang of flavor.
First, when flavoring microwave popcorn, only use the white popped kind; don’t buy the kettle cooked flavor or the buttered flavor because those kinds won’t mingle well with these flavoring below.
Let’s start with Sour Cream and Onion popcorn. Here, buttermilk powder takes the place of the sour cream, and is partnered up with onion powder. Both ingredients can be found at the grocery store with the buttermilk powder located in the baking aisle.
Here’s the how to: in a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon each of the buttermilk powder and onion powder. Pop the popcorn in the microwave. Carefully open the bag, not letting the steam burn your hands, and pour in the powder mixture. Close the bag and shake until the flavorings have coated the popcorn. Pour into a bowl and enjoy.
Feeling like some Buffalo Cheddar popcorn? This is a goodie, too, and is made the same way. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of cheddar powder with one teaspoon Frank’s hot sauce powder. Pop the popcorn, pour the flavorings in the bag and shake.
And as a BONUS, here’s another flavor option that I didn’t share in the video. Combine 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese with 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper. Pour in the bag, shake, and then pour into a bowl and eat. So good!
These are three really quick ways to flavor popcorn. Of course there’s lots of different and delicious ways to boost popcorn, including sweet flavors like my chocolate orange popcorn recipe. How about white chocolate peppermint popcorn?! And if you’ve got an air popper and looking for a cheese popcorn recipe like Karmalkorn makes it, check it out here.
Total side note: I googled Karmalkorn, and there are still a few locations open, one being in Kansas. They also have an online store.