Perked-Up Popcorn

Popcorn is always a good snack: filling, tasty, full of fiber—and low in fat when air-popped (you'll need a machine for this; most are inexpensive and simple to use). But it can get dull, too. Perk it up with these exciting toppings and turn an everyday snack into a sweet or savory treat that never gets boring. You can also try these toppings on a bag of microwave popcorn, but in that case, skip the extra butter.

Sharon Bowers

Perked-Up Popcorn

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    1/2 cup popcorn kernels Salt to taste
    2 tablespoons butter


    Prep: 5 min Total: 15 min (Quick)
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      Using a hot-air corn-popping machine, air-pop the popcorn into a large bowl.

    • 2

      Microwave the butter in a small cup or ramekin on High for 1 minute. Drizzle the melted butter over the popcorn. Sprinkle lightly with salt.

    • 3

      Sprinkle on your choice of toppings and eat while warm.

    • 4

      Popcorn toppings: You can premix these flavorings and keep them ready for a quick snack, or make them as you need them.

    • 5

      Parmesan-Garlic Popcorn: 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese and a dash of garlic salt

    • 6

      Cheese and Bacon Popcorn: 2 tablespoons finely grated cheddar and 1 tablespoon bacon bits

    • 7

      Asian-Flavor Popcorn: Before drizzling on the butter, stir in 2 teaspoons soy sauce and 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame o

    • 8

      Sweet and Spicy Popcorn: 1 tablespoon light brown sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon mild chili powder

    • 9

      Cinnamon Toast Popcorn: 1 tablespoon sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and a dash of grated nutmeg

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