45 popcorn recipes, from savory to sweet

Mmmm, popcorn! It’s one of my favorite treats with just plain butter and salt, but there are so many other ways you can go with it. Sweet, salty, mixed with nuts or toffee – you can turn popcorn into a side dish, a dessert or a main feature.

40+ Popcorn treat recipes

Below are some fun and fantastic popcorn recipes spanning the flavor spectrum. Feel free to experiment and make your own recipes, too. Popcorn is so flexible – it’s easy to come up with something delicious.

Popcorn Recipes

  1. Hot Wasabi Popcorn – adds wasabi and a couple of other little touches to your butter
  2. Dark Chocolate Popcorn – a very easy recipe for coating popcorn in cocoa powder and sweetener
  3. Cocoa Popcorn Crunch – gives popcorn a milk chocolate crunchy shell
  4. Praline Corn Crunch – pecans, brown sugar, vanilla and more make a crunchy, nutty treat out of your popcorn
  5. Carmel Pretzel Nut Popcorn – a salty, sweet, nutty recipe that makes a great appetizer or party finger food
  6. Bacon Cheese Pop Corn – as if bacon and cheese weren’t enough on their own, hickory smoked salt is the trick to making this popcorn recipe special
  7. Pumpkin Spice Popcorn – it’s reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Note: if you’re avoiding corn syrup, you can substitute honey or maple syrup
  8. Five-Spice Popcorn – this popcorn recipe uses nuts, peanut sauce, optional chow mein noodles and a nice balance of delicate seasonings to make a delicious Asian-inspired treat
  9. Barbecue Chili Popcorn – chili sauce and spices in butter, with a sprinkling of parmesan added after tossing
  10. Cheddar Cheese Popcorn – cheese popcorn is everywhere, but this recipe adds mustard powder and cayenne for a kick
  11. Grasshopper Mint Popcorn – a touch of creme de menthe turns popcorn into a fascinating minty treat. Excellent for winter time, but great all year round.
  12. Rosemary Popcorn – chopped fresh rosemary and vegetable oil is all you need to transform popcorn into a fantastic side dish
  13. Chili Cheese Popcorn – chili powder and parmesan create a spicy-salty treat
  14. Fall Harvest Popcorn – cranberries, walnuts, pumpkin spices and some more fall-themed flavors come together
  15. Milk Chocolate Popcorn – with salted peanuts to cut the sweetness
  16. Cinnamon Popcorn Crunch – with mixed nuts and maple syrup
  17. Onion-Garlic Popcorn – with onion and garlic powder, it’s so simple and so yummy
  18. Barbecue Popcorn – this barbecue popcorn recipe has a very different flavor from the Barbecue Chili recipe above
  19. Garlic Parmesan Popcorn – with cayenne pepper for an extra kick
  20. Buttered Rum and Cranberry Popcorn –  cranberries, dark rum, and butter. What more could you want?
  21. Pineapple or Pina Colada Popcorn – with pineapple or pina colada flavoring in place of the butter
  22. Brown Butter, Rosemary, and Lemon Popcorn – Andrea Meyers’ recipe uses browned butter to make a rich indulgence
  23. Buffalo Style Hot Popcorn – originally from Orville Redenbacher, this popcorn recipe mixes peanuts, hot sauce, celery seed and more
  24. Pepperoni Popcorn – yes, this recipe uses actual pepperoni, some seasonings and a surprise: pumpkin seeds!
  25. Mediterranean Magic Popcorn – recommended by WebMD as a healthy snack, this recipe uses olive oil in place of butter and a simple Italian seasoning blend
  26. Beach Party Popcorn – bacon-onion dip mix is at the center of this well-seasoned, easygoing recipe
  27. Light Yummy Yogurt Popcorn – yogurt, pancake syrup and maple extract make a surprisingly lightly sweet snack
  28. Key Lime Popcorn – lime juice, zesty lime peels and graham cracker crumbs remind you of Key Lime Pie
  29. Lemon Dilly Popcorn – lemon and dill are wonderful together, and so simple
  30. State Fair Blue Ribbon Caramel Corn – little clusters of popcorn held together by brown sugar, butter and vanilla reminds you of state fairs when you were a kid
  31. Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls – peanut butter clumps this sweet treat together into little finger-food sized munchies
  32. Butterscotch Almond Popcorn Mix – butterscotch morsels and slivered almonds
  33. Blue Cheese Pecan Popcorn – real bleu cheese and pecans with some black pepper
  34. Marshmallow Popcorn Balls – marshmallow creme, vanilla and other sweet flavorings
  35. Tex-Mex Popcorn Mix – tortilla chips, french fried onions… ’nuff said
  36. Cappuccino Popcorn – coffee, evaporated milk, powdered creamer and other ingredients make this popcorn recipe into serious competition for a cappucino
  37. Parmesan-Curry Popcorn – salty cheese and spice are great together
  38. Cinnamon Red hot Popcorn – if you’re expecting this to taste like candy, be aware it uses some hot chili sauce for some real spice
  39. Viva Zapata Popcorn – a Mexican-inspired popcorn recipe with a really nice blend of spices and seasonings
  40. Cajun Popcorn – uses Louisiana style hot sauce
  41. Italian Breadstick Popcorn – basil, parsley and a clove of garlic are the basis for this Italian-inspired herbal popcorn recipe
  42. Popcorn Witch’s Hat and Broomsticks – molasses, licorice strings and candy corn. No need to save this one for Halloween!
  43. Sweet Chipotle Popcorn Cakes – ground chipotle pepper and pecans… with marshmallows
  44. Curry Popcorn – cumin, turmeric, cracked black peppercorns and hot red pepper flakes. (No actual curry was harmed in the making of this recipe, for some reason.)
  45. Reggae Popcorn – sugar, cumin and pepper

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