How To Make Popcorn Seasoning

The Kernel

Popcorn seasonings are a great way to add flavor to popcorn without adding too much fat (like with butter) or salt.

The combinations of flavors that you can make with your seasoning will also give popcorn its unique taste, and you can make a seasoning to all of your preferences! 

How To Make Popcorn Seasoning

Popcorn seasonings come in two forms: dry and wet. Dry seasonings are usually sprinkled over popcorn after they have popped. Wet seasonings are added during cooking, so they are baked onto the popcorn. 

You can make your own popcorn seasoning at home using ingredients you probably already have lying around the house.

This informative article will guide you through how to make your own savory and sweet popcorn seasoning recipes, as well as addressing common pitfalls that popcorn lovers fall into when making seasoned popcorn. Read on to learn more. 

How To Ensure That Your Popcorn Seasoning Sticks To Homemade Popcorn

The most common problem people have when they are making popcorn with popcorn seasoning, is that the popcorn seasoning won’t stick to the popcorn.

Rather than binding to the popcorn, the seasoning might just sit at the bottom of the bowl. 

There are a few different methods you could use to fix or prevent this issue from happening.

You can spray your popcorn lightly with a kind of oil (you can use something flavorless, or you can use something with a bit of flavor, such as olive oil, which will give the popcorn a bit of a savory olive flavor).

Spritz the oil (or drizzle the oil) over the popped popcorn and then toss the popcorn in a closed container so that it coats the whole batch.

Then, you can sprinkle your seasoning all over the top of the popcorn, and toss it again, for a more evenly coated set of popcorn. 

You should also ensure that your popcorn seasoning is made out of very fine milled ingredients, so that you can ensure that they will properly stick to the oiled popcorn, and coat it fully (rather than just having a few patches of intense flavor).

For example, when you use sugar in your sweet popcorn seasoning recipes, we suggest that you use powdered sugar rather than granulated sugar, as this will coat each piece of popcorn without sinking to the bottom.

Use a fine milled kind of salt in the savory recipes (or you can grind your own salt up in a mortar and pestle) for the same effect. 

Savory Popcorn Recipes

Ranch Popcorn Seasoning

Ingredients: 

  • A half of a teaspoon of dried dill
  • A half of a teaspoon of dried chives
  • A half of a teaspoon of garlic powder
  • A half of a teaspoon of onion powder 
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Doritos Popcorn Seasoning 

Ingredients: 

  • Two teaspoons of nutritional yeast
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of garlic powder
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of onion powder. 
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of cumin 
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of paprika 
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of chili powder
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of salt 

Taco Popcorn Seasoning 

Ingredients: 

  • One tablespoon of taco seasoning 
  • One tablespoon of nutritional yeast

Coconut Curry Popcorn Seasoning 

Ingredients: 

  • One tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut (fine milled – you can even pop it through your food processor). 
  • A half a teaspoon of curry powder. 
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of salt. 

Cheesy Dill Popcorn Seasoning 

Ingredients: 

  • Three tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
  • One teaspoon of dried dill
  • A half of a tablespoon of garlic powder. 
  • A half of a teaspoon of salt

Mexican Popcorn Seasoning 

Mexican Popcorn Seasoning

Ingredients:

  • Two tablespoons of ground cumin 
  • Two tablespoons of onion powder 
  • Two tablespoons of garlic powder
  • One tablespoon of chili powder 
  • One teaspoon of paprika

Parmesan Herb Popcorn Seasoning 

Ingredients: 

  • Two tablespoons of parsley 
  • Two tablespoons of onion powder 
  • One tablespoon of garlic powder 
  • A half of a teaspoon of turmeric 
  • Two tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese. 

Sweet Popcorn Seasoning Recipes 

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn Seasoning 

Ingredients: 

  • Two tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • One teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of salt 

Gingerbread Popcorn Seasoning 

Ingredients:

  • One and a half tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • One teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of ground ginger
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of ground cloves. 

Chocolate Mexican Popcorn Seasoning 

Ingredients: 

  • One tablespoon of pure cocoa powder 
  • One tablespoon of powdered sugar 
  • One teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of salt 
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper

Hot Chocolate Popcorn Seasoning 

Ingredients: 

  • Three tablespoons cocoa powder 
  • A half of a teaspoon of salt
  • A half of a teaspoon of cinnamon

Popcorn Seasoning Recipe Methodology 

For all of the above recipes, you can use the same methodology: 

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl, so you can construct your seasoning of choice. 
  2. Prepare your popcorn by popping your kernels in the microwave or on the stove (which is our favorite method). 
  3. Spray or drizzle your prepared popcorn with a flavorless oil, and toss the popcorn in a large bowl or lidded container to evenly coat all the pieces with oil. 
  4. Sprinkle all of your seasoning over the popcorn, and toss again in a large bowl to coat again. Serve up the popcorn whilst it is warm for the best tasting snack, or store it in an airtight container to snack on later (don’t keep it for more than a week, though!).

Final Thoughts 

In conclusion, there are many ways to make popcorn seasonings, but the most important thing is to ensure that you have a great recipe, and that you actually like the way the seasoning tastes!

If you do not like the taste of the above recipes, then try another one until you find something that you really enjoy. Hopefully this article will help you create some delicious popcorn seasonings at home!

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