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.
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
Pick Your Popcorn
Popping popcorn on the stovetop doesn't need to end in disaster.
We popped up seven national brands in their basic butter flavor and put them head-to-head in a blind tasting.
“Reminds me of the movies,” one taster said of the plump, crunchy kernels.