Yesterday I made popcorn the old-fashioned way for the first time in many years. I long resisted microwave popcorn due to the absurd cost

, until eventually I was seduced by the convenience. It also helped that I was in a position where messy preparation was frowned upon, where I used little enough oil that it tended to go bad before I could use it, and where the price of microwave popcorn wasn’t literally out of reach. When I went through my poorest phase, many days my food for the day was a giant pan of cheap popcorn.

Traditionally, I would use melted butter, maybe a light amount of salt, but usually butter alone.

Yesterday I made a smaller pan of popcorn for a snack. That was between half and two-thirds what I used to make for myself, yet it was a big snack for four of us. We used Deb’s flavoring of choice, besides the butter, sprinkling it with Parmesan and Romano cheese (the combined stuff is way better than parm alone, so that’s what I buy). That was awesome.

That and memories of childhood got me thinking about things to make with popcorn, and ways to flavor it. What’s your favorite?

I once tried a recipe for taco flavored popcorn, which would have been better were it not microwave stuff. I think that’s the only deviation I’ve ever made before yesterday. I can remember once or twice stringing popcorn and cranberries for the Christmas tree, in a non-food use. I can remember having some kind of popcorn balls. I figure inventing something like that would be easy enough.

Any suggestions or recipes?


  1. Sharon

    I have to look it up…but I have a good recipe for popcorn that uses garlic salt, among other things that I can’t quite remember. When I get a chance to look for it, I will share.

  2. Melissa

    I have a recipe for a simple and cheap caramel sauce that I like over my popcorn. It oly uses butter, water, and brown sugar. On an electric stove, I can make it perfect. On a gas stove, it usually takes me a try or two to get it right


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