Popcorn Seasoning & Flavor Topping Ideas | Ain't Too Proud To Meg (2024)

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Nothing beats flavored popcorn! Whip up some stovetop popcorn and put out popcorn toppings for a fun make-your-own adventure. It’s perfect for movie nights and watching awards shows, like the Oscars (check out my Oscars Party Board)! In addition to all the best popcorn toppings, I like to add my favorite movie theater candies for the full experience.

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Plus, check out all of my Build Your Own Boards here!

How to Make Stove Top Popcorn

You could easily make microwave popcorn, but there’s just something about making it on the stove! There’s of course the classic Jiffy Pop stovetop popcorn, but I’m a big fan of doing it all myself.

All you need is a heavy bottom pot with a lid, oil, salt, and some popcorn kernels. Give this recipe a try!

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Popcorn Bar Toppings

Toppings

  • Melted butter
  • Sea salt
  • Ranch seasoning
  • Tajín
  • Cheddar seasoning
  • Caramel sauce
  • Sprinkles

Sweets

  • Oreos, quartered
  • Sour gummy worms
  • Mini peanut butter cups
  • Whoppers
  • Red licorice bites

Savory Snacks

  • Goldfish
  • Pretzels
  • Roasted peanuts
  • Roasted pistachios
  • Popcorn
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How To Make a Popcorn Bar

  • Place the melted butter, sea salt, ranch seasoning, tajin, cheddar seasoning, caramel sauce, and sprinkles in separate small bowls. Arrange the bowls in the center of the board.
  • Arrange the Oreos, sour gummy worms, mini peanut butter cups, whoppers, red licorice bites, goldfish, pretzels, roasted peanuts, and roasted pistachios (I mixed the peanuts and pistachios together) in separate sections around the board, being sure to separate similar colors.
  • Serve the popcorn in a big bowl on the side for people to serve themselves or serve it in individual bowls!

Pro tip: Feel free to keep savory to one side and sweet on the other, or alternate sweet and savory for a little bit of flavor mingling!

Other Popcorn Topping Ideas

Feel free to swap in your favorite toppings! Like:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Truffle oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Everything bagel seasoning
  • Old Bay Seasoning

Show Me Your Popcorn Toppings

I hope this post inspires you to make this board. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the snacks and spreads you create from my tips. If you make something inspired by this post, please tag me at @ainttooproudtomeg so I can see and share!

And, If you liked this recipe, please rate and review.

Photos by Haley Hunt Davis of Salt Worth Creative. Food styling with Ryan Norton.

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Popcorn Toppings Board

Description

This board is loaded with the best flavorings for popcorn & popcorn toppings.

Ingredients

Toppings

  • Melted butter
  • Sea salt
  • Ranch seasoning
  • Tajín
  • Cheddar seasoning
  • Caramel sauce
  • Sprinkles

Sweets

  • Oreos quartered
  • Sour gummy worms
  • Mini peanut butter cups
  • Whoppers
  • Red licorice bites

Savory Snacks

  • Goldfish
  • Pretzels
  • Roasted peanuts
  • Roasted pistachios
  • Popcorn

Instructions

  • Place the melted butter, sea salt, ranch seasoning, tajin, cheddar seasoning, caramel sauce, and sprinkles in separate small bowls. Arrange the bowls in the center of the board.

  • Arrange the Oreos, sour gummy worms, mini peanut butter cups, whoppers, red licorice bites, goldfish, pretzels, roasted peanuts, and roasted pistachios (I mixed the peanuts and pistachios together) in separate sections around the board, being sure to separate similar colors.

  • Serve the popcorn in a big bowl on the side for people to serve themselves or serve it in individual bowls!

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FAQs

What are good seasonings to put on popcorn? ›

Combine melted butter, paprika, lemon pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl; pour over popcorn and stir until it is somewhat evenly coated.

What can you put on top of popcorn? ›

Go check them out:
  • Chili Powder. The first popcorn topping on our list is chili powder, and it's something you likely already have at home. ...
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning. ...
  • Crushed Pretzels & Chocolate. ...
  • Cayenne Pepper & Cumin. ...
  • Olive Oil & Parmesan. ...
  • Chili Lime. ...
  • Garlic Powder & Paprika. ...
  • Peanut Butter.
Jan 3, 2023

What are good toppings for a popcorn bar? ›

Sweet: Dried fruit, chocolate chips, cereal, candies, crushed cookies, mini marshmallows, gummies, sprinkles, etc. Savory: Nuts, seeds, wasabi peas, pretzels, crushed potato chips, cheese puffs, Chex mix, etc.

Which flavor is best for popcorn? ›

Classic Butter - Classic buttered popcorn is the most popular flavor and a fan favorite. It's perfect for movie nights and a snack to enjoy anytime. Kettle Corn - Kettle corn is a delicious mix of sweet and salty flavors. It's a perfect snack for those who like a little bit of both.

What seasoning do movie theaters use for popcorn? ›

2045 Flavacol popcorn salt.

What to put on popcorn besides butter? ›

Here's a list of excellent butter substitutes for popcorn for your next batch.
  1. Olive Oil. Olive oil is a healthy and tasty alternative to butter. ...
  2. Trail Mix. Adding trail mix to your popcorn can introduce a variety of flavors while also providing a healthy alternative to butter. ...
  3. Coconut Oil. ...
  4. Avocado Oil. ...
  5. Ghee. ...
  6. Canola Oil.
Jan 3, 2023

How to get seasoning to stick to popcorn without using butter? ›

If you prefer to skip butter and oils all together, but still want salt and seasonings to adhere to your popcorn, consider using a light mist of vinegar or melted ghee on the freshly popped kernels. The moisture can help the toppings cling to the popcorn without adding extra fat.

How to get dry seasoning to stick to popcorn? ›

If you use oil for popping your popcorn, the seasoning will stick to it easily. However, to get flavor and stick to air-popped popcorn without fat, you can mist your popped popcorn with a bit of water or some other liquid. Sprinkle your popcorn as you move it to the bowl with a little liquid spray bottle.

What is healthy to sprinkle on popcorn? ›

8 Healthy Popcorn Toppings Sure to Amaze
  • 8 – Apple Pie Popcorn. You'll swear you're chowing down on a very light and delicate apple pie. ...
  • 7 – Pumpkin Glazed Popcorn. ...
  • 6 – Lemon Kale Popcorn. ...
  • 5 – Lime Cilantro Popcorn. ...
  • 4 – Italian Breadstick Popcorn. ...
  • 3 – Rosemary, Black Pepper and Parmesan Popcorn. ...
  • 2 – Peanut Butter Popcorn.
Dec 4, 2015

What do Americans put on popcorn? ›

America's most favorite flavored popcorn
  1. Classic butter and salt - 73%
  2. Cheese - 37%
  3. Caramel - 32%
  4. Garlic salt - 15%
  5. Chocolate - 14%
  6. Plain - 13%
  7. Cinnamon and sugar - 11%
  8. Truffle butter - 8%

Can you put tajin on popcorn? ›

Tajin seasoning: For that kick of flavor, you'll be using Tajin seasoning, which you can make from scratch or just use the store bought variety. Olive oil: Olive oil will help coat the seasoning nicely on the popcorn.

What pairs best with popcorn? ›

Here are some of our favorite combinations for the next time you enjoy a bucket of popcorn.
  • Red Wine With Salty, Buttery Popcorn. ...
  • Beer With Parmesan Garlic Popcorn. ...
  • Bourbon With Caramel Popcorn. ...
  • Whiskey Sour With Cheddar Ranch Popcorn. ...
  • Strawberry Peach Bellini with Cinnamon Bun Surprise Popcorn.

What flavors go well with popcorn? ›

The following spice mixes make a fantastic addition to your melted butter and salt in order to punch up the flavor even more.
  • Curry Lime: 1 – 2 tsp. ...
  • Parmesan Rosemary: freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste (about 1/4 cup, 1/2 tsp. ...
  • Barbecue: 1 tsp. ...
  • Za'atar: Toss with 1 Tbsp. ...
  • Garam Masala: Toss with 1 Tbsp.
May 6, 2024

How do you spice up a bag of popcorn? ›

Nutritional yeast, MSG, miso, Parmesan cheese, dulse granules, mushroom powder, fish sauce, and shrimp paste are all savory powerhouses that will make any bowl of microwave popcorn sing.

How do you add flavor to air popcorn? ›

The seasonings stick best with added oil or butter, but spritzing the popcorn with water works almost as well for oil-free popcorn. Our favorite simply seasoned popcorn recipe uses a little melted butter, Parmesan cheese, salt, dried oregano and garlic salt.

When should you season popcorn? ›

Once popping, shake the pot for a few seconds every 20-30 seconds. This keeps the popcorn from burning. When there are 3-4 seconds between kernels popping, turn off the heat and remove the pot from the burner. Immediately season the popcorn with salt and seasonings to taste.

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