Popcorn Bar Ideas that are Full of Flavor

Popcorn Bar Ideas that are Full of Flavor

While we may not be having big gatherings this Fall, creating a popcorn bar with these various popcorn bar ideas can be a fun activity with your quarantine partners!

Dig into popcorn at any time of day! This healthy whole grain can be used as a snack, dessert, or even be made into popcorn croutons!  Enjoy these vibrant kernels in various colors such as red, yellow, white, purple, and blue. Each comes paired with its unique nutritional benefits!

You can make popcorn eating even more fun with these popcorn bar ideas. At the end of the evening, if there are leftover toppings, make smaller baggies with these flavor ideas for an easy snack for the rest of the week.

Add a pop of color to your day and get inspired by these tasty ways to spruce up your popcorn.

Sample Ingredients for Tasty Popcorn Bar Ideas

  • air-popped popcorn
  • healthy melted butter substitute
  • dried fruit
  • nuts
  • nutritional yeast or parmesan
  • herbs and spices (i.e., rosemary, garlic, dill, parsley, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon)
  • Italian seasoning or Ranch dressing seasoning mix
  • sea salt
  • malt vinegar
  • buffalo sauce
  • sugar, honey, or maple syrup
  • diced apple or other diced fruit
  • dark chocolate pieces

Modern Twist on Classic Popcorn

Everyone loves a classic. Channel your childhood memories of movie nights, or trips to the fair, but with a healthful twist. Enjoy these old-school favorites with a modern flair that you won’t be able to resist.

Old-Fashioned Popcorn

Pour a nice drizzle of healthy melted butter substitute (without any hydrogenated fats) over your air-popped popcorn.

Popcorn Trail Mix

Mix in dried cranberries and roasted unsalted almonds. Or add in raisins, walnuts, pecans, or any of your favorite dried fruit and nut combinations.

Cheezy Popcorn

Sprinkle with cheesy tasting nutritional yeast and salt. This dairy-free alternative is an easy way to boost nutrients and omit the saturated fats found in cheese.

Savory Popcorn Bar Ideas

Butter is out; seasonings are in! Get your fix for a satiating and salty treat by incorporating different herbs, spices, and toppings!

Parmesan-Garlic Popcorn

Sprinkle with parmesan and garlic powder.

Italian Popcorn

Flavor with Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.

Garlic Popcorn

Season with dried dill, lemon pepper, garlic powder, ranch dressing seasoning mix, and garlic salt.

Salt and Vinegar Popcorn

Combine malt vinegar with sea salt in a spray bottle and mist your popcorn.

Spiced Popcorn Bar Ideas

Add a little spice to your life! Reap the anti-inflammatory, immune, and digestive benefits of spices with this unique popcorn rendition. These gourmet-style popcorns will become immediate household favorites.

Rosemary Popcorn

Add crumbled dried rosemary, salt, and cayenne pepper.

Chili Powdered Popcorn

Spice it up with salt and chili powder.

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn

Flavor with cinnamon, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and a touch of maple syrup.

Buffalo Popcorn

Add hot sauce to a paper bag filled with popcorn and shake.

How to Make Sweet Popcorn

Skip the salt and venture to the sweet side! Hello, caramel corn! Revolutionize your popcorn with healthier versions of this sugary treat.

Apple Cinnamon Popcorn

Include diced or dried apple pieces and sprinkle with cinnamon; serve quickly after combining ingredients to keep apples crunchy!

Sugar n’ Spice Popcorn

For dessert, sprinkle with cinnamon and a teaspoon of sugar.

Honey Nut Popcorn

Add peanuts, honey, and cinnamon.

Dark Chocolate Popcorn

Melt dark chocolate (in the microwave or on the stove) and use it as a drizzle, letting the chocolate harden before eating.

Whether you are craving a modernized classic or a new way to please your palate, popcorn is the perfect option! Homemade popcorn seasoning is often healthier than store-bought options. Get creative and experiment with different spices or flavor blends at your very own popcorn bar to add your own unique spin on this hearty grain. You may find a new favorite!

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