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Homemade Flavored Popcorn, Three Ways

Shake up your popcorn game with these three unique spice blends.

Published Feb. 2, 2021.

Why buy flavored popcorn when it’s so easy to flavor your own? Plus, a homemade blend allows you to enjoy seasonings that are more interesting than those that are typically available.


Grind all the ingredients in a spice grinder to fine powder. Toss 12 cups of popcorn with 2 tablespoons melted butter, then add the seasonings in two additions to evenly distribute them in all the nooks and crannies. You can also make the seasonings ahead and store them in an airtight container to have at the ready. 

Cheesy Garlic Seasoning


2 tablespoons cheese powder (available online; dehydrated cheddar is most common) or nutritional yeast

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1½ teaspoons dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried basil

½ teaspoon table salt

Spiced Chocolate Seasoning


1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon table salt

Dill Pickle Seasoning 


1 tablespoon ground coriander

2 teaspoons dried dill weed

1½ teaspoons white vinegar powder (a common potato chip seasoning; available online)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

¾ teaspoon table salt

½ teaspoon dry mustard

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