Popcorn has become a snack staple in our house. Sometimes I think that we eat it a little too much but it is seriously such a quick, cheap, and easy snack! Not to mention it is a relatively mess free option for traveling or when out and about. And as interesting side-note, popcorn is also non-GMO.
For a long time we did the stove top in a pot method, which requires careful attention but then we were given a air popper which is great. The girls can actually make the popcorn themselves while I supervise and melt the butter.
Usually we just do the good ol’ butter and sea salt treatment and that is of course delicious but then there are those times where you just want a little something more. Like when playing a board game and you want a little extra spice. Or a family date night when something a little sweeter is in order.
I decided to make dill pickle popcorn seasoning after reading a package in the grocery store and not really loving that there were about 10 extra ingredients. I also could tell for certain if it was gluten free. So I came home and mixed up my own. It fine but was missing the “puckery” punch that I was going for. I have seen recipes that call for vinegar but that just makes things soggy. I already had citric acid for when I make cheese where it is used to ripen and I knew that it is often used in canning and also to add the tart flavor to many drinks. I decided to try it and it was what I was looking for! We now have dill pickle seasoning for those occasional sour/salty cravings.
Dill Pickle Popcorn Seasoning
2 tbs Dill Weed (Not Dill seed)
1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Sugar (Optional, but keeps everything from clumping and adds just a tiny hint of sweetness.)
1/4-1/2 tsp Citric Acid (Start out with less and add if you need more, it is quite tart!)
1/4 c. Butter or Coconut oil
1/2 c. Popcorn Kernels
Mix all the spices together. If you want it to be a finer blend, you can run it through your coffee grinder, just make sure that you clean after or you will have dill pickle flavoured coffee. Pop your kernels in an air popper or on the stove and have the butter or coconut oil melting at the same time. Pour the butter over the popcorn, shake about two teaspoons of seasoning over it and stir it up. Enjoy!
Store the seasoning in air tight jar.
And then of course there are those times when something sweet and salty is needed. For that we have a lazy version of kettle corn with a cinnamon twist.
Sweet 'N Salty Cinnamon Maple Popcorn
1/4 c. Butter
1-2 tbs. Maple Syrup
1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon
Sea Salt to taste
1/2 c. Popcorn Kernels
While popping the kernels, melt the butter. Add in the Maple syrup and Cinnamon. Pour over the popcorn and stir. Enjoy!
Variation: Honey Corn- Use 1 tbs of honey instead of maple syrup and leave out the cinnamon.
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