10 Great Popcorn Ideas

By: Robert Thomson

There is just no such thing as one kernel or one bite of popcorn. Once tasted, popcorn stimulates the senses and brings flavor to every occasion. Popcorn is fun to eat, fun to prepare, fun to flavor and fun to experiment with new creative compositions that can become your distinctive brand.

As the popularity of popcorn proves to be a timeless experience, the industry has responded with a variety of really cool technologies, equipment and popping cookers. New-age ovens, kettles and state of the art home popcorn machines all add to the enjoyment of the miraculous popping kernel.

Popcorn lovers are creative and imaginative. The surprising uses of popcorn highlight the popularity of the snack. Just as surprising as the palatable pleasure of popcorn are the creative uses of popcorn in arts and crafts. It turns out that popcorn is as much fun to work with as it is to eat. Here are a few ideas that just might tickle your fancy and tempt your taste buds:

1.Popcorn Balls - Shape and style your very own popcorn ball creation. Popcorn balls are a fun and neat way to give a healthy portion of popcorn spiced with various tastes and in healthy, controlled amounts.

2.Popcorn Balls with White Cake Icing - For watching all those baseball playoff games this fall, how about a popcorn ball that looks like a homerun ball. Try coating your rounded creation with white cake icing and intertwining some red licorice to look like the seams of the baseball. We are betting one pitch won't last long and that your idea will score at home or at a party.

3.Crackerjack Caramel Popcorn - To 4 cups of lightly salted freshly popped corn, add 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup corn syrup (light), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1 cup of peanuts (optional). Place the popcorn in a shallow roasting pan and mix the sugar, butter and corn syrup in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until boiling. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add vanilla and baking soda. Pour over popcorn and hold on to your hats. You have never had it so good!

4.Movie Night Tin - This one has potential to make every home movie a memorable experience. If you will be stopping by to watch a flick with that special someone, bring along a tin filled with popcorn just to show where your heart is and where the movie night is headed.

5. Christmas Garland - A traditional project that is guaranteed to keep the kids occupied in a calm and engaging holiday exercise. You make the popcorn and supply the string and the kids string the holiday garland of their choice.

6.Witch's Hand - A Halloween delight! Use a plastic food preparation glove, some candy corn for fingernails and fill with popcorn and a ribbon to close off the bag. Place a spider ring for suspense and you have a Halloween treat to be remembered… and enjoyed.

7.Popcorn with Spice - We like to spice up everything we eat so why not popcorn? How about a little chili, pepper and paprika flavoring? You'll be remembered.

8.Cinnamon Popcorn - So will your cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar popcorn recipe. Forget candy and cookies. Throw the popcorn into your sugary mix and watch where the hands go next. It's hard to get enough of this surprising treat.

9.Fruity Popcorn - Perhaps dried apples, brown sugar and melted butter is the most delicious seasonal delight. Sounds like autumn doesn't it? Don't be afraid to add almonds and cinnamon to the mix. This recipe looks as great as it tastes.

10.Chocolate Popcorn - Enough said? Melt one cup of chocolate chips in the microwave. Put the melted chocolate in a plastic bag, snip the corner and squeeze over the popcorn. Wow! They'll be back for more.

It doesn't matter what time of year it is; popcorn can be used for any occasion, season or decorative purpose. Once you get started on these great ideas, your imagination and culinary skills will rise to the test. Everyone will rave about your latest, greatest popcorn creation!

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