While both popcorn tossed with butter and salt and kettle corn are classic and delicious, popcorn can also be a vehicle for exciting flavors. Whether you favor savory or sweet, hounds have lots of creative topping ideas.

Favorite savory toppings often include spice combinations or ingredients rich in umami. “I love to make popcorn with brown butter, minced fresh rosemary, salt, and Parmesan. Yum,” says CanadaGirl. Others use soy sauce and Parmesan, or Parmesan, garlic powder, and chile powder. operagirl‘s favorite combination is black truffle oil, finely grated extra-sharp white cheddar, and freshly ground black pepper. Dry ranch dressing mix is also a popular topping.

“Have you ever added nutritional yeast to the top?” asks LaureltQ. “Adds a nutty quality that is magnificent.” It works well with butter, says sushigirlie, who notes that it’s important to use the type of yeast that’s yellow and flaky, rather than brown and gritty.

“I like Cajun seasoning mixed with just a hint of white sugar and seasoning salt,” says Bryn. “It’s sweet, salty, savoury and spicy!” scubadoo97 thinks za’atar is great on popcorn. “I recently used za’atar and garam masala in a mix,” he says. “The za’atar gave a tart lemony taste and the garam masala a warm complex taste.” The combination of Old Bay Seasoning and butter also has several fans.

On the sweet side, LaureltQ melts Nutella and butter to pour over popcorn, and Godslamb recommends melted white chocolate drizzled over buttered, salted popcorn, or using cinnamon sugar. CHOW’s Spicy Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn adds a dash of chile oil.

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