Watching a movie without munching on popcorn is really an incomplete experience, even when you're watching at home. In fact, streaming your favorite flicks gives you even better snacking opportunity than going to see a new release on the big screen. At the theaters, your flavor options are buttered and extra-buttered (always extra-buttered), but at home you have the option to concoct some unique and delicious popcorn recipes that are so much more than a simple bowl of popped kernels.
It's not just movie-watching fare: popcorn is a perfect snack for any event. Whether you're hosting a party, having a friend over to gab, or rolling solo for the afternoon, popcorn is always the right choice. I think it too often gets pigeonholed into the movie snack category, and isn't recognized for it's versatility — especially when you make it fancy by adding spices, candies or even bacon. You can have it sweet or savory; you can make it kid-friendly or grown-up gourmet. Whatever your desire, there is a popcorn to satisfy your cravings.
So next time you host a get-together — whether it's a movie night or not — try serving one of these extra tasty popcorn bowls. They're sure to get the party popping, and everyone will ask you for the recipe.
1. Lemon, Parmesan And Black Pepper Popcorn
Add a sophisticated spin to a childhood classic with Cookie and Kate's lemon, parmesan and black pepper recipe.
2. Pumpkin Pie Caramel Corn
Have popcorn for dessert with Baked by Rachel's pumpkin pie popcorn.
3. Maple-Bacon Kettle Popcorn
Everything tastes better with baco, including popcorn! Brown Eyed Baker's maple-bacon kettle corn combines the sweet and savory, and is a perfect game day snack.
4. Peanut Butter Popcorn
You put peanut butter in my popcorn, and I'm super happy about it. This scrumptious snack from A Cozy Kitchen combines two amazing foods in order to create one super-amazing food.
5. Tex Mex Popcorn
This Tex-Mex popcorn from A Spicy Perspective is more like a meal than a snack.
6. Caramel Crunch Popcorn
Want something on the sweeter side? Try this caramel corn from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.
7. Peppermint Bark Popcorn
You don't have to wait for the holiday season to come around again to indulge in Your Cup of Cake's peppermint bark popcorn.
8. Salt And Vinegar Popcorn
Salt and vinegar is the best potato chip flavor, and it translates perfectly to popcorn with Cookies & Cups' salt and vinegar popcornrecipe.
9. Popcorn Snacks
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen's popcorn snacks are basically Rice Krispie Treats made with popcorn and chocolate. You can't go wrong.
10. Vegan Cinnamon Maple Caramel Popcorn
Adult-ify your popcorn with Cookie and Kate's cinnamon, maple, caramel variety.
11. Homemade Cracker Jack
Relive your childhood with Baked by Rachel's homemade Cracker Jacks. Extra points if you put a prize inside your batch.
12. Herb And Lemon Buttered Popcorn
Anything with "herb and lemon buttered" in the title has to be good, including Big Girls, Small Kitchen's popcorn recipe.
13. Toffee Pecan Popcorn Balls And Chocolate Drizzle
A Spicy Perspective's popcorn balls make a delectable dessert...or snack, or lunch, or breakfast.
14. Sweet And Spicy Popcorn
Adding a pinch of cayenne is what gives Love and Lemons' sweet and spicy popcorn a little kick.
15. Sea Salted Dark Chocolate Popcorn
For those chocolate-craving days, make The House That Lars Built's sea-salted dark chocolate popcorn. She also has two other unique flavors — white chocolate and cheddar cheesy rosemary and thyme. Try them all!
16. Bacon And Cashew Bourbon Caramel Corn
This bacon and bourbon popcorn from Brown Eyed Baker is full of so many delicious flavors, it's practically sinful. But it's not, so go ahead and indulge.
17. Popcorn Cake
You have to bake Cookies and Cups popcorn cake — yes, you read that right, popcorn cake. Um, yum.
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