Today is National Popcorn Day! Popcorn is one snack that can never get old, especially when sitting down to watch a movie or favorite TV show. I have become slightly obsessed with using coconut oil to pop my popcorn or even drizzle it over the top instead of butter. Surprisingly, when I talk with friends about coconut oil, it seems that in almost every conversation, someone will bring up that they love to put coconut oil on their popcorn.
Since this delicious trick is quite popular, I decided to put together a blog of my favorite popcorn recipes; who says you can’t get creative?! If you don’t have an air popper, you can use this trick of popping your popcorn with coconut oil in a brown paper bag – it really does wonders and saves so much time.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn – This has to be my all-time favorite recipe and I’m guilty of making this one all season long. I LOVE anything with chocolate and peppermint. Mixing coconut oil into dark chocolate gives an added smoothness to the drizzle, making it easy to pour. If you decide to go with a dark chocolate that is 70-85% cacao, you’ll be getting the benefits of antioxidants as well.
Maple Bacon Popcorn – Maple bacon everything seems to be popular these days, so why not try it on popcorn? The flavor of maple, bacon, and coconut oil mixed extremely well for this sweet and salty snack.
Chocolate Salted Caramel Popcorn – This is another sweet and salty way to dress up popcorn. Using marshmallows and brown sugar in this recipe really gives a great way to make a chewy caramel. If you’re not a fan of chocolate, then you can definitely choose to omit this from the recipe.
Candy Loaded Popcorn – Adding your favorite candy to popcorn is a fun way for both adults and kids to enjoy a movie night. This specific recipe calls for M&M’s, however you can add any type of candy to your finished popcorn.
A lot of these recipes that I posted are more in the indulgent side, but remember that you can always pop plain popcorn and drizzle melted coconut oil over the top to keep it healthy and simple. My best advice is to read the kernel serving size on the package and measure that out with a measuring cup before popping so that you’ll know your exact caloric intake. The same would go for measuring your coconut oil. A tablespoon can go a long way when it comes to adding flavor and your serving of healthy fats.