Did you know that popcorn is an excellent choice for an afternoon snack? You heard it here first (ok maybe that’s a stretch)! It’s most definitely a better choice than a bag of chips, but only if you’re popping and seasoning it yourself. The good news is, making your own healthy yet delicious popcorn snack is super easy! Our own gourmet snack aficionado – Gabriel Cabrera (The Artful Desperado) – has a few tasty recipes for you to try:

Homemade Popcorn Ingredients


  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons canola or sunflower seed oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


Place popcorn kernels and oil in a large pot with the lid on. Heat up the kernels over medium-high heat, lightly shaking here and there so kernels don’t burn. Once the popcorn starts to pop, shake the pot (still with the lid on). When all kernels stop popping, remove the lid and let popcorn cool in the pot.

If you like it Zesty…

  • zest of 1 lemon
  • zest of ½ lime
  • ½ tsp ground sumac (available in middle eastern stores or ethnic spice aisle)
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Mix all ingredients in a small dish, add to popcorn and toss until coated.

If you like it Spicy…

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  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly cracked pepper

Mix all ingredients in a small dish, add to popcorn and toss until coated

If you like it Sweet…

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  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate
  • pinch of ground nutmeg

Melt the chocolate using a double boiler (a pot with barely simmering water with a bowl on top). Remove chocolate from heat, add all other ingredients to it and mix well. Place the popcorn on a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzle with the chocolate mix. Let chocolate harden before storing.


  • To keep your popcorn from going soggy, bake it in the oven after cooking it and before adding any spices.
  • Mix popcorn with toppings just before consuming. If you are taking them to work, place them in a jar with the spices at the bottom and shake before eating (works for all recipes except the chocolate version, that one you’ll have to do in advance).

What’s your favorite way to eat popcorn? Share in the comments below.

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