Pepped Up Popcorn

Popcorn is a fiber-rich whole grain that, with a couple easy additions, is a great snack for lunchboxes or anytime.

Total Time:
10 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
2 to 4 servings
Level:
Easy

CATEGORIES
Ingredients
  • Cheesy Popcorn:
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package natural microwave popcorn (not the buttered kind)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt
  • Sweet and Spicy Popcorn:
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package natural microwave popcorn (not the buttered kind), popped
  • Rocky Road Popcorn:
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package natural microwave popcorn (not the buttered kind)
  • 1 cup mini or regular chocolate chips
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, optional
Directions
Cheesy Popcorn:

Pop the popcorn according to package instructions. While hot, carefully open package and dump into a large bowl. Drizzle oil over the popcorn, and toss the popcorn with your hands to coat. Add the cheese and toss again. Season, to taste, with salt. Cool. Transfer to a sealed container and tuck in a lunch box.

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn:

Put the sugar, butter, and chili powder in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on medium (50 percent power) until butter melts, about 1 minute. Stir to dissolve sugar. Drizzle over freshly popped popcorn; and toss to evenly coat. Cool. Transfer to a sealed container and tuck in a lunch box.

Rocky Road Popcorn:

Pop the popcorn according to package instructions. While it's still hot, carefully open and dump into a large bowl. Add the chips and marshmallows.

Return popcorn to the microwave. Cook on high until the chips and marshmallows get gooey, about 1 minute. Add the peanuts, if desired, and toss with a spoon until all the popcorn is coated. Cool until chocolate hardens, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a sealed container and tuck in a lunch box.

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