Popcorn that will change your life

I am a homemaking nerd. When I discover something that is healthy and thrifty, it is sometimes almost more exciting than I can handle. So as my family has been trying harder to eat less processed foods, I have been getting more creative. It is amazingly cheap to buy organic popcorn kernels, and friends, the possibilities of combinations are seriously endless.

My first experiment began with simply cooking some honey, butter, and vanilla and then pouring the hot awesomeness over my popcorn. (Just enough to make it sweet, but not sticky at all). As I have experimented more and more and talked to other people about their popcorn triumphs, I have copied and created so many delicious combinations. Here are some examples of combinations you can try:

  • Tropical Delight-Coconut oil, vanilla, and honey cooked until it is almost almost carmelizing (I obviously follow no exact recipe but  I usually probably do something close to a 2:1 honey:oil or butter combination. Before you pour the honey/coconut oil mixture, add some shredded coconut and then pour over. Add chopped dried mangoes and dried pineapple. Sprinkle a little salt. This magnificent combination is probably my favorite.
  • Peach Cobbler Popcorn-Tonight I created this yumminess: butter, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour over popcorn and add freeze dried or dried peaches. Sprinkle a little salt.
  • Curry Popcorn-Melt coconut oil and pour over popcorn. Sprinkle a little salt and curry powder.
  • Veggie booty-I baked kale, crumbled, and mixed it with melted butter. Pour over popcorn and add a little salt.
  • Sometimes I sprinkle ground flaxseed over the popcorn at the end.

Any popcorn ideas you have made that I need to try?

Do you see what I’m talking about friends? The creations and possibilities are endless, and it is super affordable. Do any of you have any more popcorn combinations to add to the mix?

Angeli - February 19, 2013 - 8:29 am

Honey butter and Tropical Delight sound amazing. :-) Last night I actually tried a brown rice pudding based on your description of it – cardamom compliments the flavors wonderfully.

I haven’t experimented with popcorn too much, largely because we like it just fine plain. I’ll sprinkle on some nutritional yeast sometimes. We use a Whirly Pop, and sometimes I’ll add a bit of brown sugar to the coconut oil after it melts to create a very light caramel kettle corn, and that’s super yummy without being too intense. How do you make your popcorn?

kara - February 19, 2013 - 8:34 am

Angeli, ooh that rice pudding would be yummy. Plain is good too, but now that I am in experimenting mode, it is hard for me to leave it plain :). Nutritional yeast is good and simple. I just use an air popper.

adrienne w - February 19, 2013 - 10:10 am

Some of these sound so yummy… and so much healthier than the marshmallow popcorn I’ve been making (it is completely delicious and easy, but not healthy). I will have to try these!

Robyn - February 19, 2013 - 9:23 pm

Sounds fantastic!