I love these national * insert random food here * days! Bring on national chocolate, tea, coffee, Twizzlers bites, mega stuff Oreo, and Chicken in a Biskit day!
Buuuuttt, popcorn really does have a special place in my heart. It’s one of my favorite snacks to unwind with while watching TV with hubby or reading. My supply used to be limited to the premade bags from the store–or the delicious kiosk in the middle of the mall–but not anymore.
Have you ever tried topping homemade popcorn with seasoning only to be disappointed because the powders don’t stick? Me too–until I learned an easy, low fat/calorie trick! Make plain popcorn as usual, then spread it across a baking sheet in an even layer. Spray the popcorn with a light coating of cooking spray and sprinkle on the seasoning. The cooking spray makes the powder stick without causing the popcorn to become soggy!
And you’re not limited to using the store-bought seasonings either! There are tons of great recipes online for flavoring mixtures that you can blend using the spices from your baking cabinet. I learned about my favorite one from the Chew. It’s a savory blend that was originally meant for flavoring potato chips, but it’s just as good on popcorn!
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix and sprinkle away!
There’s also a million different kinds of popcorn kernels available now (who knew?!). It would be an understatement to say that I have delicate teeth. I won’t go into that, but suffice to say that popcorn kernels are not my friend. Fortunately, I discovered Tiny But Mighty popcorn. The kernels are, well, tiny, and it’s advertised that the individual kernels disintegrate when they pop. I can happily vouch that these claims are absolutely true. No kernels to get caught in my teeth, low risk of accidentally chomping an unpopped one. Win-win. I highly recommend. (If I remember correctly, they are sold in both bags for air popper and microwave, so you can pick whichever you prefer!)
Are you a popcorn fan? What’s your favorite kind?