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It's Not a Party Without Popcorn

11 ways to transform your bowl of popcorn into something extraordinary
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Why make your own flavored popcorn when you can buy it at the supermarket? For starters, no bagged popcorn will taste as fresh as your homemade batch, and you’re not likely to find anything like these flavors, from Truffle-Parmesan to Chocolate-Coconut. Plus, flavored popcorn really comes in handy: Add it to a party buffet table, or bag it up and give it as a hostess gift…as long as you can keep from eating it yourself!

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    Chinese Five-Spice Popcorn

    For something so simple, this packs a huge flavor punch, thanks to the heady aroma of five-spice powder. Though good with store-bought five-spice powder, it’s even better with a homemade blend.

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    Gremolata Popcorn

    A blend of fresh lemon zest, garlic, and parsley, gremolata is the classic topping for osso buco, but it also makes a fantastic popcorn topping. Garlic powder stands in for fresh here because it disperses more evenly.

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    Pepperoni Pizza Popcorn

    Guaranteed to please kids and grown-ups alike, this popcorn features crisp pepperoni strips, Italian herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, and of course, plenty of grated parmesan.
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    Dark Chocolate and Coconut Popcorn

    Popcorn as dessert? Why not, when it’s streaked with dark chocolate melted by the heat of the just-popped popcorn and tossed with sweetened coconut.

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    Cinnamon Toast Popcorn

    Tossed with toasty brown butter and cinnamon sugar, this popcorn is slightly sweet and super delicious. Adding milk powder to the melting butter creates brown bits for even more flavor.

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    Truffle & Parmesan Popcorn

    It’s almost impossible to resist the scent of truffle. Bring out a bowl of this at a party, and watch your guests come running.

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    Dukkah-Spiced Popcorn

    Dukkah, also spelled duqqa, is an Egyptian nut, seed, and spice mixture used to season everything from yogurt dips to grilled meats; warm popcorn really brings out its fragrant, nutty flavor. Though not always easy to find, it’s easy to make.

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    Maple-Bacon Popcorn

    As we all know, bacon makes everything better, even popcorn. For the most bacon flavor, pop the corn in the rendered bacon fat.

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    Togarashi Popcorn with Dry-Roasted Edamame

    Mildly hot, with notes of citrus and pepper, togarashi is a Japanese spice powder often used to flavor noodles. Here, it adds a tingly heat to the popcorn. And if that weren’t enough to make you curious, the popcorn also has toasted seaweed and dry-roasted edamame in it. Sounds wacky, but you’ll keep reaching in the bowl for more of its savory goodness.

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    Coconut Curry Caramel Corn

    This is the recipe to think about if you are going to a party—it would make a great gift instead of a bottle of wine. The combination of sweet and spicy in the popcorn is what makes it different from anything else you’ve tasted.
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    Popcorn with Sweet Butter and Sea Salt

    A few spoonfuls of sugar add a touch of sweetness to the buttery, salty popcorn. It’s like kettle corn, but better.

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    Caramel Peanut Popcorn

    Cracker Jacks watch out! The popcorn, excerpted from the book DamGood Sweet, is great bagged in cellophane and given as gifts, or serve it in paper cones. For a more sophisticated take, try substituting toasted sliced almonds for the peanuts.

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