Redbook, Martha Stewart and the Food Network offer recipes for flavored popcorn. These recipes range from sweet to savory. Many use spices and ingredients commonly found in the kitchen to add to the flavor of the snack.
The first step in preparing flavored popcorn is popping 1/2 cup of kernels. This should yield 8 to 12 cups of corn. An air popper requires no added fat, and the additional flavor can help to make up for it. If there is no popper available, a bag or two of microwave popcorn can provide the base for the snack.
Curried popcorn is a flavorful savory treat. It adds curry powder, salt, black pepper, turmeric and cayenne pepper to the corn. For easier preparation, the spices cook mixes the spices beforehand, stores them in a tightly sealed container and sprinkles on the freshly popped corn when ready for a treat.
For a sweet popcorn treat, the cook can add two cups of freshly toasted coconut, dried pineapple and confectioner's sugar. After mixing thoroughly, he can top the popcorn with melted butter.
For kettle corn, the cook pops the corn in oil, using a large pan on the stove. Once the kernels begin popping rapidly, he adds sugar and salt. He covers the pan and continues popping and shaking the corn until the popping stops.