5 Drool-Worthy Popcorn Recipes

5 drool-worthy popcorn recipes

It’s movie night and you know what that means. It’s popcorn time! Popcorn is a great little snack for the entire family. It’s actually one of the healthier choices when it comes to treats and the best part is, you can dress it however way you want. You can have it sweet, savoury, spicy or just about anything in between. Read on to find out how to make a few of our favourite popcorn recipes you are sure to love.

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Popping your own popcorn in a large pot or from an air popper is the best way to have this snack. There may be hidden dangers in microwave popcorn that you don’t even know about so we recommend using an air popper like the Cuisinart hot air popcorn maker.

Garlic and thyme popcorn with black pepper


This recipe needs to be prepared 48 hours in advance, due to the kernels needing to be soaked in a garlic infused oil
What you will need:
  • 1/2 cup of un-popped popcorn kernels
  • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 8 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves, removed from stems.

Heat your oil in a small pan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes and transfer to a medium sized bowl. Add your kernels, garlic, thyme sprigs and half a teaspoon of salt. Cover and let it sit at room temperature for 48 hours.

Drain your kernels and reserve your left over oil. You can discard your garlic and thyme or using for cooking a meal. Take 3 tablespoons of your leftover oil and put it in either an air popper or a large pan with a lid. Add kernels and heat on high for about 4 minutes. If you are using a pan you will need to shake it often (to avoid burning) until the popping slows down to a few pops every few seconds. Transfer your popcorn to a large bowl adding in the remaining half a teaspoon of salt, the black pepper, garlic powder, fresh thyme and 4 tablespoons of the leftover olive oil. Mix until well blended and serve immediately.

Cajun Spiced Popcorn

If you enjoy a little spice in your life, this quick and easy cajun spiced recipe is just for you. It’s quick and easy to throw together when you are in hurry.

What you will need
  • 10 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt



Place your popped popcorn in a large bowl.

In a small or medium sized pan heat your olive oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Add your paprika, thyme, garlic powder, red pepper and salt. Stir to combine ingredients. Pour your mixture over the popcorn and stir until it is well mixed.

Curried Parmesan popcorn

This particular recipe pairs well with an ice cold drink, during the summer months.

What you will need
  • 10 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of grater parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried cilantro leaves (chopped finely)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground pepper



Place your popcorn in a large bowl. In a small to medium sized pan melt your butter over low heat. Let it cool a bit, then pour over your popcorn. Add cheese, salt, curry powder, dried cilantro leaves and black pepper. Mix until well blended and serve immediately.

strawberry cheesecake popcorn

what you will need
  • 3/4 pound of strawberries
  • 10 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • a couple drops of red food coloring



Start by washing strawberries and removing the cores. Cut each one into 1/4 inch pieces and lay on a cookie sheet. Pop them into the oven at the lowest setting to dry for at least 4-6 hours. Set aside and cool.

Use 2 large cookie sheets and line with waxed paper.

Place the popcorn and dried strawberries in a large bowl and combine. In a large pan warm the sugar, cream, corn syrup, and vinegar on love heat, stirring until you see the sugar dissolve. Up the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Boil until the mixture reaches a temperature of approximately 245 degrees farinheight on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat and add the butter, vanilla and food coloring.  Pour entire mixture over the popcorn and stir to combine ingredients. Spread out the mixture on the paper-lined cookie sheets and let it completely cool before serving.

Candied cheddar popcorn

What you will need
  • 10 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese


Preheat your over to 300 degrees fahrenheit. Spread your popcorn in a very large roasting pan and sprinkle with  the salt and cayenne peppers and shake to combine.

In a large pan on medium heat mix together the sugar and maple syrup with 1/4 cup of water and heat until you see the sugar dissolve. Increase your heat and bring to a boil. Keep boiling until the syrup turns to a deep amber color. This usually takes 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the cream. Be cautious as the mixture may bubble up. Add your grated cheese, and stir quickly until it is melted. Pour over your popcorn and stir with with a wooden spoon until evenly distributed  Now you need to bake it in the oven for about 45 minutes. Make sure you stir it a few times to make sure the popcorn is is coated completely in caramel and cheese. Remove from the oven and sever immediately.

These finger licking good recipes are perfect for any one of any age. We encourage you to get creative and try out some of your own favorite ingredients on your popcorn. Popcorn is a perfect snack for anyone because you can make it sweet, salty or savory. There’s a flavor for everyone!

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Lauren is a new mom living in Toronto, Canada. When she is not at home being a mom, she is working full time as a model, playing competitive baseball, and working on her personal blog. In her "spare" time, Lauren is aspiring to become a childbirth educator. You can find her at Lauren Hardy Blog

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