DIY Popcorn Bar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ½ cup popcorn kernels
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Dash of salt
- Preheat a large (at least 14 cups) nonstick pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat for two minutes. Open the lid, and add a few drops of water to the pot. If they immediately sizzle, reduce the heat to slightly above low.
- Add the oil and popcorn kernels, and immediately replace the lid.
- Gently shake the pot every few seconds. The popcorn kernels will start popping within a few minutes. Continue to gently shake the pot every few seconds while the popcorn pops.
- The popcorn is done when at least three seconds lapse between kernel pops.
- Immediately remove the pot from the heat, pour the melted butter over the popcorn and sprinkle the salt on top. Toss to coat.
- Divide hot popcorn into individual cups or bags and provide a variety of flavorings to create a unique flavor.
- For fun, set up a flavor station using some of the ideas below. Start with a sprinkle or drizzle of flavoring, adding more until the desired taste is achieved.
Flavor Station Ideas
- Chili powder
- Raisins or other dried fruit
- Parmesan cheese
- Pizza (Mix 1/2 cup dried parmesan 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
- Parmesan cheese and garlic (Mix 1/2 cup grated parmesan with 1 teaspoon garlic)
- Cinnamon and sugar (Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon)
- Cool ranch (Mix 2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk, 2 tablespoons black pepper and 2 teaspoons dried dill weed)
- Barbeque (Mix 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 tablespoon garlic, 1 tablespoon chili powder and 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce)
- Peanut butter (Heat 1/4 cup honey with ½ cup peanut butter and ½ teaspoon each vanilla extract)
- Taco (Mix 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper)
- Dill Pickle (Mix 2 teaspoons ground coriander, 2 teaspoons dried dill, 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard, 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon celery seed)
***A hot air popper can also be used to pop popcorn. After popping popcorn according to appliance directions, begin at step 5 to create flavored popcorn.
130 calories; 8g total fat; 2.5g saturated fat; 0g trans fat; 10mg sodium; total carbohydrate 15g; 4g dietary fiber; 1g total sugars; 0g added sugars; 2g protein; 0% Daily Value of vitamin d; 0% Daily Value of calcium; 6% Daily Value of iron; 0% Daily Value of potassium.