Popcorn is delicious plain or with butter and salt, but sometimes you just might want to get fancy with your popcorn. Here we offer a few suggestions of toppings for popcorn. The following popcorn seasonings may just spice up your popcorn and your day.
Popcorn salt is usually finer than regular salt. The fine salt sticks to the corn better and makes for a more even seasoning taste. We also have some suggestions for making authentic movie theater popcorn. The secret is in the ingredients. Using a movie theater type popcorn salt and a high-quality movie theater coconut popcorn oil do make a difference in the taste. Most of the ingredients listed here are high sodium, we also have more health conscious topping ideas here.
What is Flavacol? Flavacol is the secret ingredient that gives movie theater popcorn that authentic movie theater taste. I would love to tell you that Flavacol is just salt, but the ingredients listed on the box are salt, artificial flavor, FD&C Yellow #5 Lake (E102), FD&C Yellow #6 (E110). So this means that the Flavacol popcorn salt ingredients are salt, artificial flavor, and two color dyes.
The salt is very fine and sticks to the popcorn for even flavor. It would be nice to know what the artificial flavor is, but whatever it is it helps to give the popcorn that familiar taste we know and love. If you are using oil with your popper you can complete the movie theater taste with a colored coconut popcorn oil. Ironically, the colored coconut oil is colored with carrots and is healthy, depending on where you stand.
The colored coconut oil is colored with carrots and is healthy, depending on where you stand on the saturated fats controversy. New studies say healthy saturated fats such as coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and avocado are good for us. Old school nutritionists still believe it is bad. So it is up to you to decide if it is a bad snack, a good snack, or just a snack.
Nutrition and ingredients aside, you just use a little bit of this stuff, and it is taste tester approved. How to use Flavacol popcorn salt? This is an easy product to use. Just put about 1/2 tablespoon in with your oil when making about 6 quarts of popcorn.
You can also sprinkle a little more on top after it is popped. The movie theater style recipe is to mix some Flavacol with hot coconut oil and pop. Then top with butter and sprinkle a little more on top.
If you are looking for something to sprinkle the seasoning with this is the perfect high-quality shaker. This product is a best seller and has a 10-ounce capacity, stainless steel design, and is professional quality. Whether you are seasoning your popcorn with salt or dusting it with cinnamon and sugar this is the perfect shaker.
You will look like a movie theater popcorn pro or a professional chef with this fun shaker.
Mortons popcorn salt is another great choice for seasoning popcorn. Morton popcorn salt is super fine, so it will coat your popcorn without being too salty or creating large clumps. You can use this salt on nuts or anything you want to dust with a fine layer of salt. This super fine salt is made by a brand most people know and love. Popcorn salt may be one of nature’s best-kept secrets, but not anymore.
The folks at Snappy popcorn also sell a popcorn and nut salt. Diamond Crystal popcorn & nut salt is fine flaked for even coverage. This 24-ounce container comes with a pour or sprinkle option. So, with this one you can skip the purchase of the professional grade shaker.
You can mix this salt with oil or sprinkle it on top with a bit of butter or a spritz of olive oil. The salt usually needs some moisture to stick, so that is why you may want to spritz with butter or oil if air popping. The ingredients in this seasoning are salt and tricalcium phosphate.
In 2005, a college student came up with the idea of Kernel Season’s popcorn seasoning. The idea has taken off and several flavors of Kernel Season’s are now available. With this variety pack, you can sample many flavor varieties from sweet popcorn toppings to cheese powder for popcorn.
This sampler pack contains many flavors similar to popcorn seasoning gift sets. The following flavors are included.
- White Cheddar
- Nacho Cheddar
- Kettle Corn
- Bacon Cheddar
- Cheesy Jalapeno
These seasonings will not only add variety and spice to your popcorn, they can also be used in dips, and on potatoes, and eggs, and whatever else you would like to try. With this pack, you get 8 mini shakers of assorted flavors by the company with the clever name.
Cheese lovers will enjoy this Kernel Season’s white cheddar seasoning. Get that cheesy flavor we all know and love without the calories and added fat. These seasonings are all natural and are made with real cheddar cheese, with no MSG or trans-fat.
You can also sprinkle this on fries, broccoli, eggs, pasta, or anything that needs a hint of cheese flavor. This seasoning contains cheddar cheese, salt, onion, and garlic. Taste testers thought it tasted great. The only downside to this is maybe the sodium content. Other than that enjoy!
Here is one more option from Kernel Season’s. The spicy variety pack. I am a huge fan of savory and spicy, so this is my favorite. Once again, you can sprinkle this on popcorn and more. It’s good on salads and anything else that needs a bit of a kick.
The flavors include buffalo wing, which actually tastes like sweet and smoky buffalo wings. This one is good on popcorn and great on macaroni and cheese. Another flavor is cheesy jalapeno, which has a nice cheesy flavor. Kernel Season’s has gotten the cheese flavor right. The last flavor is bacon cheddar, this one is salty but great on popcorn, scrambled eggs, baked potato, etc..
There are a few other Kernel Season’s sample packs available, such as sweet seasoning, sports lovers seasoning, and movie theater seasoning, but these are a good sample of what is available.