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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Craving for a bowl full of warm, buttered popcorn? However good the classics are, there’s always room for a little variety, suggests Khevna Pandit

No matter how excited you are about watching the film, the first thing you notice when you step into the theatre is the aroma of delicious, buttered popcorn wafting through the room. Even though the combination of a film and popcorn sounds perfect, we have to admit that the flavours are a little run-of-the-mill. As much as we love the classic butter, cheese and caramel options, we could definitely do with a little change once in a while! Although, we can’t expect theatres to present us with this array of options (or, can we?), we can definitely experiment a little on our own to add some excitement to our snacks during a fun night in. The next time your friends pop in for a movie marathon, here’s how you can surprise them with easy popcorn options.

Nutted Popcorn
There’s nothing like a good crunch once in a while, and adding nuts to your popcorn will make it a great trail mix to carry along for a trip. Throw a few almonds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts into a big bowl of buttered popcorn and toss them together to create a quick, filling snack.

Salted caramel corn
Everyone loves adding a twist to the good old caramel corn, and we’re biased about salted caramel in particular! Pour some caramel sauce into your popcorn and sprinkle it with sea salt for a delicious salted caramel delight! But, before you go popping it into your mouth, allow this treat to cool down for a while.

Peppermint popcorn
In a small bowl, mix some honey, butter and mint extract until smooth. Drizzle this over your popcorn and bake for five minutes. Allow it to cool completely before you enjoy this delicious minty delight with your film!

Sweet orange popcorn
Melt some butter in a small pan and stir it into the popcorn with a drizzle of orange extract. You can also sift some vanilla infused icing sugar over the top to make it look more attractive.

Lemon & rosemary popcorn
In a sauté pan, melt some butter until brown. Add some finely chopped rosemary into the butter (after you take it off the heat), and pour the mixture over your popcorn. Add some lemony zest and sprinkle salt and pepper over this. Toss well and enjoy.

Candied popcorn
In a bowl, heat sugar and water for three minutes. Stir in various food colouring and pour it over your popcorn. Let it dry for one or two hours before you eat it. Remember to use a variety of colours for a decadent, candied delight!

Spicy masala popcorn
Drizzle some melted butter over your corn, and in a small dish, mix  in paprika, garlic and cumin powder. Sprinkle it over the popcorn in the other bowl and mix well to enjoy delicious, spicy masala popcorn!

Chocolate & Coconut Popcorn
In a big bowl, mix chocolate sauce and coconut shavings. Toss in the popcorn and make sure it is completely covered with the mix. (You can skip the coconut if you prefer it that way.) Place it gently on a tray and place it in the freezer — and viola! You now have a popcorn dessert!

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