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What are some good ways to season popcorn?

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Popcorn can be seasoned with a variety of flavors, including salt, melted butter, pepper, dried herbs or even sugar. Use several different seasonings for new flavor combinations.

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Popcorn seasoning can be as simple as salt and melted butter or more unusual, such ranch or veggie- flavored. For a traditional movie theater popcorn experience, melt butter, and drizzle it over the top of hot popcorn. Salt to taste using popcorn salt, which is finer and sticks better to the kernels. Those watching their saturated fat intake might opt for olive oil instead of butter.

Ranch popcorn begins with fresh-popped popcorn and 4 tablespoons of melted butter. Add a packet of ranch dressing seasoning to the butter, pour it over the popcorn, and toss to mix. Sprinkle chopped chives and popcorn salt over the top.

Parmesan-rosemary popcorn is topped with parmesan cheese, freshly chopped rosemary, olive oil and salt. Italian seasoning can be substituted for the rosemary. For another variation, add truffle oil to the olive oil, and sprinkle with black pepper.

Make bacon-chive popcorn by cooking a few slices of bacon until they're crispy. Melt a few tablespoons of butter, and mix it with half as much bacon grease. Drizzle this oil mix over the popcorn, and top it with chopped chives. A pinch of cayenne pepper adds a little kick.

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