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After School Popcorn Snack

Popcorn remains one of my favorite snacks. I loved these ideas from Dawn at Wicked Good Dinner for popcorn toppings. They are great for an after school snack or in front of your favorite movie on a cozy weekend night. Popcorn is a blank canvass and the possibilities for toppings are limitless. So next time you make popcorn and reach for the butter and salt… consider these options instead. Also check out Dawn’s other recipe ideas for after school snacks on her website!

After School Popcorn

Yields: one gigantic bowl (about 18 cups)
Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 6 minutes
Allergy info: soy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:
3/4 cup organic popcorn
1/2 cup sunflower seed or canola oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:
In a large saucepan add oil and popcorn; shake pan to evenly coat kernels with oil. Sprinkle salt evenly over popcorn. Cover and heat over medium-high heat. Cook 2 minutes, swirling pan every 15 seconds.

When kernels begin to pop, continuously swirl pan over heat to prevent burning; cook 4 minutes. Remove from heat; transfer popcorn to a large bowl, or several small bowls. Immediately add toppings while the oil on the popcorn is still hot (see below).

Topping ideas:
To ensure toppings stick, they should be added and mixed into the popcorn as soon as it comes out of the pan, while the oil on the popcorn is still hot and glistening. Sprinkle mixtures over the top, then mix with a large spoon:

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan + 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper (or)
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano + 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (or)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme + 1 tablespoon lemon zest (or)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika + 1/4 teaspoon cumin (or)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger + drizzle warm sesame oil (or)
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground cumin + ground cinnamon + ground turmeric (or)
  • 2 tablespoons organic sugar + 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper (or)
  • 2 tablespoons organic sugar + 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Photo Credit: Chef Dawn Viola, Wicked Good Dinner

Want more great, easy snacks for kids? Check out these recipes!

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