3 New Sweet & Savory Popcorn Recipes Plus 18 Gourmet Recipes

A couple of months ago, I made a batch of our cinnamon caramel popcorn for my husband to take to work and share with his team. It was a big hit!  Ever since then, they have been asking my hubby if that’s what they were getting for Christmas. It’s hard to top the cinnamon caramel popcorn but I wanted to send a little more variety with Mike for the holidays to share with his employees. So guess what we were doing last night? That’s right, making popcorn! Popcorn has turned out to be one of my favorite treats to share or send a “thank you” to someone because it’s easy to take anywhere and you can come up with so many different variations that makes it so special. This would be great for any party, watching football or even as a neighbor gift! So here you go, Three different recipes that are sure to please any crowd!

Hot Wing and Ranch Popcorn 

2 bags of microwave popcorn, popped
1/3 cup Franks hot sauce
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 Tablespoons dry ranch salad dressing mix


  • In a large bowl, place the popcorn and try to shake out all the kernels that didn’t pop. In a small bowl, combine the Frank’s sauce, butter, and cayenne pepper. Drizzle over the popcorn while stirring it, so it doesn’t soak just a few of the pieces. 
  • Sprinkle the dressing mix over the popcorn and then toss to coat.
  • Spread onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and bake at 250 degrees for 10 minutes. 



Caramel Bacon Popcorn with a Kick!

2 bags of microwave popcorn, popped
1 package of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups white sugar
3 Tablespoons butter 
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup cashews


  • In a large bowl, pour in the popcorn, bacon crumbs and cashews and toss to combine.
  • In a small bowl, combine the baking soda and cayenne pepper and set aside. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, salt and 1/2 cup water. On a high heat, cook without stirring, until the mixture becomes a light golden caramel, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and carefully stir in the baking soda mixture. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and stir quickly. It will set up quickly!
  • Pour the popcorn onto the counter top covered with parchment paper. Make sure to flatten the popcorn. Let cool.


Sour Cream and Onion Popcorn
2 bags of microwave butter popcorn, popped
2 Tablespoons dry dill
6 Tablespoons dry Parmesan cheese
6 Tablespoons powdered buttermilk
3 Tablespoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
  • In a large bowl, place the popcorn. In a small bowl, combine the dill, cheese, buttermilk, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Pour it over the popcorn and toss until the popcorn is coated.


Need a little more “popcorn” inspiration? Check the list below for more yummy popcorn recipes!!



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