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Make-At-Home “Fancy” Popcorn Recipes

With most of us spending a lot more time at home, movie night has become a weekly routine.  Why not spruce it up by making a fancy popcorn recipe to go along with it?  

If you’re snuggling with the kids and watching a family flick, cuddle up with some old-fashioned candied popcorn.  Our Strawberries & Cream recipe might soon become a family tradition!  Date night in?  Spice things up with our Chili Lime Popcorn.  And, if you’re in need of a game-time snack, you’ll have fans lining up for a handful of Bacon Ranch Popcorn!  

Which one will you try first?


Bacon Ranch Popcorn

Just add bacon (and ranch seasoning) to up your popcorn game.  Our Bacon Ranch Popcorn is a crowd favorite, making it the perfect halftime treat.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


Ingredients:

¼ cup Simple Truth Organic Popcorn Kernels

¼ cup Harris Teeter Butter, melted

8 slices Harris Teeter Thick Cut Fully Cooked Bacon

2 Tbsp. ranch seasoning

1-2 Tbsp. HT Traders Grated Parmesan

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn in an air popper or on the stovetop.  

  2. Microwave the bacon according to package directions, then chop into crumbles.

  3. Toss popped corn with melted butter, bacon, and ranch seasoning.  Sprinkle with Parmesan, to taste.


Strawberries & Cream Candied Popcorn

Candied popcorn is a childhood favorite, that’s actually quite easy to make.  Freeze-dried strawberries add natural coloring and great flavor to this Strawberries & Cream Candied Popcorn.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Simple Truth Popcorn Kernels
  • 2/3 cup Harris Teeter Half & Half
  • 1 Tbsp. Harris Teeter White Corn Syrup
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups Harris Teeter Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Harris Teeter Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1 oz. packages Simple Truth Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • Optional: 2 drops of red food coloring
  • Special Equipment: Candy Thermometer

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn in two batches using an air popper or your stove top.  Divide into two large bowls and set aside.

  2. Place freeze dried strawberries into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  Divide the powder and crumbles between the two bowls of popcorn and mix lightly.

  3. Line two large baking sheets with parchment or wax paper.

  4. Stir half and half, corn syrup and salt together in a small saucepan.  Pour the sugar into the center of the pot.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is completely dissolved.

  5. Stir occasionally until the mixture registers 230 degrees Fahrenheit (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer.  Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and food coloring, if using.

  6. Working quickly, divide the sugar mixture between the two bowls of popcorn and stir until the popcorn is evenly coated.  Pour out the popcorn onto your prepared sheets to dry.

  7. Once the popcorn is completely dry, store in airtight bags or containers.


Chili Lime Popcorn

Add a little extra kick to your movie night with this Chili Lime Popcorn recipe!  The secret ingredient – Liquid Coconut Oil – makes it a healthier treat than traditional microwave popcorn, too!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Simple Truth Organic Popcorn Kernels
  • 2 Tbsp. Simple Truth Organic Liquid Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp. Harris Teeter Chili Powder
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare popcorn in an air popper.  Toss with coconut oil, chili powder, lime juice, lime zest and sprinkle with salt.  Serve immediately.


Katie Harding is the publisher of Forks and Folly . A self-taught cook and die-hard foodie, Katie lives in Charlotte with her husband and three boys. Besides cooking and eating, she loves craft beers, running, and napping.