How To Make Zinger Popcorn

    I know we always implore our fellow filmmakers and actors to be creative and innovative in their work and not to settle for less, I’m gonna take it a little step further… let’s aspire to be creative in our popcorn-making too, shall we?

    Life is too short for plain popcorn… or microwave popcorn. This is why I’ve compiled a list of creative and tasty ways to spice up your popcorn, for the sweet-tooth and the lover of savoury goodness!

    I tried choosing recipes with standard household ingredients you will most likely already have.

    Bear in mind these recipes apply for half a cup of popcorn kernels or 8-9 cups of popped corn. For the purpose of this DIY, I used less popcorn because I didn’t want to end up with 10 huge bowls of popcorn.  

    ROSEMARY & THYME

    • ½ tsp salt
    • 1 tsp thyme
    • 1 tsp rosemary
    • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter

    Pop the popcorn together with the salt and oil. Sprinkle the herbs over the freshly popped corn. Melt the butter in the microwave, drizzle it over the popcorn and mix.

    Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown.

    SWEET CHILLI POPCORN

    • 1 ½ Tbsp honey
    • 2 dash garlic powder
    • “ chili powder
    • “ cayenne pepper
    • 4 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

    Combine everything but the cheese, microwave for 15 seconds. Drizzle over the popcorn. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the popcorn.  

    Recipe Courtesy of Alicia Fetters.

    CURRIED POPCORN

     

    • 1 Tbsp curry powder
    • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 2 tsp ground turmeric
    • 2 tsp kosher salt
    • 4 Tbsp honey
    • 8 Tbsp butter

     

    Combine dry ingredients. Melt the honey and butter in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove and pour the mixture over the freshly popped corn. Cover the popcorn bowl with a lid or use a paper bag to shake the popcorn in order for the mixture to spread. Sprinkle half the spice mixture over the popcorn and shake. Repeat with other half.

    Recipe courtesy of Jennifer Farley.

    GARLIC CHILLI LIME

    • 4 tsp chili powder
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ½ tsp paprika
    • 1 lime

    Combine dry ingredients. Squeeze the lime over the freshly popped corn and add spice mixture. Shake/Toss the popcorn.

    Recipe courtesy by Willow & Stephanie.

    COCOA & CINNAMON

    • 20 g cocoa powder
    • 3 Tbsp sugar
    • 2 tsp cinnamon
    • 8 Tbsp coconut oil.

    Mix the first three ingredients. Drizzle coconut oil over freshly popped corn and mix. Add the cinnamon mixture and mix well.   

    Recipe courtesy by Willow & Stephanie.

    CINNAMON & SUGAR

    • 40 g unsalted butter
    • 40 g brown sugar
    • Dash of cinnamon (depending on your preference)  

    Drizzle the melted butter over the popcorn. Sprinkle the sugar over the popcorn and shake on the cinnamon. Mix well.

    Recipe courtesy of Stepfanie Romine.

    PEANUT BUTTER & HONEY

    • ½ cup sugar
    • ½ cup honey
    • ½ cup peanut butter
    • ½ tsp vanilla

    Bring sugar and honey to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from the stove and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until you have a smooth mixture. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and toss/shake to spread the mixture.

    Recipe courtesy of Laura Powell.

    SALTED CHOCOLATE CARAMEL POPCORN

    • 4 Tbsp butter
    • ½ cup brown sugar
    • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • ⅛ tsp baking soda
    • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
    • ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • Sea salt

    Preheat oven to 250 Fahrenheit. Melt butter in a saucepan, add sugar, syrup and salt. Stir until it starts to boil and boil for 2 minutes without stirring. Add baking soda and vanilla and mix.

    Pour the mixture over the popcorn and mix in the chocolate chips while stirring. Spread the popcorn on a baking tray lined with aluminium foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sea salt.

    Recipe courtesy of Katerina Petrovska.

    The best way to enjoy this yummy deliciousness is in good company. Get your group of creatives together for a movie night and enjoy!

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    • Annette is part of the acting team with The Initiative Production Company. She is a German South-African, loves the smell of freshly baked bread and constantly has a list in her head of countries to visit and more languages to learn.

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