Is movie night even a thing if you’re not snacking on some popcorn? We didn’t think so. And, thankfully, popcorn isn’t the unhealthiest of foods that will totally throw your health and fitness goals out the window. But the best part about popcorn is arguably its ability to transform into all of your favorite flavors—both savory and sweet. Below, find some of the best twists on popcorn around. We just hope the movie is as good!
Peppermint Bark Popcorn
The holiday season might come around only once a year, but this festive peppermint bark popcorn recipe gives you an excuse to enjoy it year-round. Despite how gorgeous and Instagram-worthy it is, it takes only 10-15 minutes to prepare and will seriously wow any hostess or couch companion you prepare it for. The regular recipe calls for vanilla candy melts, candy cane pieces, chocolate chips and peppermint extract, but If you’re a fan of the salty-and-sweet combo, simply throw in some broken pretzel pieces in the mix.
Get the recipe: Cooking Classy
Parmesan Ranch Popcorn
If you’re looking for something savory and not totally unhealthy to snack on while you watch your favorite flick, reach for this parmesan ranch popcorn recipe. It’s super easy and requires ingredients you most likely already have hiding out in your cabinets: butter, Parmesan and dried herbs and spices (onion powder, salt, parsley, dill and black pepper. If you’re someone who appreciates a spice kick, go ahead and sprinkle some dried red chili pepper flakes on top!
Get the recipe: Five Heart Home
Caramel Moose Munch Fancy Popcorn
This might not be the healthiest popcorn recipe around, but it sure beats half a pint of Ben & Jerry’s! You can expect all of the crunchy, caramel goodness and sweet and saltiness you hope for with this recipe, which features two types of chocolate (white and milk chocolate) along with three kinds of nuts (pecans, almonds and peanuts). The nuts are a nice protein add-in for those looking to hit the studio in the morning.
Get the recipe: Eazy Peazy Mealz
You don’t need a campfire to enjoy the flavor of s’mores—all you need is this popcorn recipe and all the ingredients it requires (which is impressively not that many!). All you need is ½ cup of popcorn kernels or one bag of your regular microwave popcorn (unbuttered is best), one bag or two cups of milk chocolate chips (dark chocolate lovers can go dark), two cups of mini marshmallows (YUM!) and two cups of graham cracker pieces and crumbs. No branch required for toasting.
Get the recipe: Bombsh Bling
Birthday Cake Popcorn
No matter how old you are, the flavor of “birthday cake” never goes out of style. While there’s no shortage of cakes, cookies, and ice creams flaunting the flavor, a healthier option is to make a popcorn version. This recipe calls for just two tablespoons of butter (not that much when you’re making six cups of popcorn!), three cups marshmallows, two teaspoons vanilla, one tablespoon milk, one cup white cake mix and some sprinkles, of course.
Get the recipe: LilLuna
Oreo Cookie Popcorn
We bet you never knew this was a thing, but, low and behold; you can have your oreo cookies and popcorn and eat it too! And it couldn’t be easier. Sure, it’s not the healthiest of ingredients, but when you follow this recipe, you’re making 10 cups of popcorn, so the ingredients go a long way. You’ll need three tablespoons of butter, three cups of marshmallows, and some mini Oreo cookies—that’s it!
Get the recipe: Two Sisters
Oven-Roasted Pizza Popcorn
Pizza and movie night might be a thing, but if you’re looking to eat a healthier version that still gives you the flavor you love, try this pizza popcorn recipe. All you need are Italian spices (parsley, oregano and basil) and some sharp cheese (cheddar will do!). When you do the math, it’s really not that fattening, but is packed with flavor!
Get the recipe: The Busy Baker.