Popcorn is a wonderful low calorie snack, but let's face it: it can taste bland, and sometimes you just want to spice things up. The great thing about this treat is that you can experiment, and mix and match to find fun new flavors. You can still be respectable in your calorie control with some of these suggestions or just cut straight to the sugar and chocolate. Start playing with the basic glaze recipes and see how it turns out.
Spread the popped corn on a cookie sheet. Place the sheet in a warm oven (250 degrees) while you are making the topping.
Melted butter and brown sugar or honey makes a sweet glaze. Melted butter and flavored salts or powders make a savory covering. They are both basic starting places when flavoring popcorn.
With a savory glaze, add Italian spices to the butter and drizzle over the popcorn. Shake grated Parmesan cheese over all and mix with a spatula. The cheese sticks to the savory glaze and it makes a wonderful treat.
To the basic savory, add several shakes of Worcestershire sauce and a teaspoon of dried mustard. Try some onion soup mix and drizzle over popcorn. Mix and serve.
Go for a sweet treat by adding chocolate drink mix to the basic sweet glaze. Drizzle over the popcorn and add grated white and dark chocolate. Mix well and enjoy.
Or add cinnamon to the sweet mix. Drizzle and top with coarse raw sugar granules for a different sweet crunch.
Pat Olsen has over 35 years of experience as a professional journalist in California. She attended San Francisco State and Pacific College. Olsen has several published books, is a staff writer for Mill Creek Living Magazine, and currently writes for Demand Studio. She is a retired educator who still teaches twice a week.