33 Ways to Liven Up Popcorn, from Sweet to Savory

Take popcorn from bland to next level with these popcorn recipe ideas.

Toss, drizzle, and shake on these delicious additions to your popcorn, whether it’s microwaved or freshly popped on the stove. We have low-calorie popcorn recipes that are full of flavor, gourmet toppings that are anything but ordinary, plus ideas for when you’re in the mood for something sweet, crunchy, and delicious.

Nearly Calorie Free Popcorn

1. Shake on Frank’s Red Hot or Tabasco sauce

2. Dusting of parmesan cheese

3. Red pepper flakes

4. Taco seasoning

5. Garlic and rosemary

6. Dill and lemon zest

7. Garlic-infused oil

8. Mist with coconut oil

9. Soy sauce and water chestnuts

10. Squeeze some lime and a dash of cumin

11. Dip in spicy mustard

12. Nutritional yeast

13.Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend

14. Red wine vinegar and sea salt

15. Italian or ranch dressing seasoning

Gourmet Popcorn Treats

16. Crispy bacon and a touch of the drippings

17. Truffle oil

18. Melted mozzarella and chopped basil

19. Shredded white cheddar

20. Greek-ed out: Crumbled feta and chopped kalamata olives

21. BBQ sauce

22. Drizzle of pesto

23. Toasted pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries

Dessert Alternatives With Popcorn

24. Honey

25. Drizzle with melted dark chocolate

26. Drizzle with melted milk chocolate and peanut butter

27. Cinnamon and sugar

28. M&Ms

29. Drizzle on caramel and toss with roasted peanuts

30. S’mores mix: marshmallows, chocolate chips, and crushed graham cracker

31. Coconut flakes and teaspoon of vanilla extract

32. Maple syrup

33. Dried cranberries, golden raisins, and banana chips

Read on for tips on how to cook perfect popcorn every time.

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