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You can use spices in main dishes, such as Tacos de Tinga de Pollo, in side dishes, such as Spice-Roasted Carrots, and in desserts, such as Spiced Applesauce Muffins. Now, spice up snack time—or movie night—with this Make It Your Way Challenge: spiced popcorn.

safety
  • Uses the microwave
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 20 minutes
yield
  • Makes 6 cups popcorn

hey curious cook—

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Make a batch of popcorn in your microwave and toss it with melted butter and one or more flavor-packed spices. Will you use warm spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg? What about spices inspired by a favorite dish, like garlic powder and oregano (for garlic bread), or chili powder and cumin (for fajitas)? Or spices that have a bit of heat, such as cayenne pepper or ground ginger? You could even try a few different spice combinations and have a taste test with your family and friends!

Prepare Ingredients

¼ cup
popcorn kernels
½ teaspoon
vegetable oil
2 tablespoons
unsalted butter
½ teaspoon
sugar (optional)
¼ teaspoon
salt
Spices

Gather Cooking Equipment

Clean paper lunch bag
Large microwave-­safe plate
Oven mitts
Large microwave-­safe bowl
Rubber spatula
1
 
¼ cup
popcorn kernels
½ teaspoon
vegetable oil

Place popcorn kernels in clean brown paper lunch bag. Drizzle kernels with oil. Fold over top of bag three times to seal (do not tape or staple).

 
2
 

Shake bag to coat kernels with oil, place bag on its side on large microwave-safe plate, and shake kernels into even layer in bag.

 
3
 

Place plate in microwave and cook until popping slows down to 1 or 2 pops at a time, 3 to 5 minutes. Use oven mitts to remove plate from microwave (plate will be very hot, ask an adult for help). Set aside to cool slightly.

 
4
 
2 tablespoons
unsalted butter
½ teaspoon
sugar (optional)
¼ teaspoon
salt
Spices

Place butter, sugar (if using), salt, and your chosen spices in large microwave-safe bowl (big enough to hold popcorn), cover with plate, and heat in microwave at 50 percent power until melted, 30 to 60 seconds. Use oven mitts to remove bowl from microwave.

 
5
 

Use rubber spatula to stir melted butter mixture until well combined.

 
6
 

Carefully open paper bag (be careful of hot steam) and pour popcorn into bowl with melted butter mixture. Use rubber spatula to toss popcorn with butter. Serve.