Heat a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large pan with a lid. Add a kernel or two to test to see when it is ready--when they pop, it is ready to add the rest of the popcorn. When the oil reaches the right temperature, add the rest of the popcorn. Please keep in mind that a little popcorn kernels make a lot of popcorn! I will usually make about a half cup, which makes a very large bowl (about 3 quarts) for all the kids to share.
|A half eaten bowl of popcorn with apple juice to drink|
To top the popcorn, you can go the traditional route of just sprinkling some salt and maybe some butter, but there are many other options:
- Salt and sugar (brown or white, or both!): This is a favorite of my kids and gives the popcorn a nice salty/sweet flavor combination (obviously).
- Brewer's yeast: I don't like this one, but my brother swears by it and I've heard lots of other people gush about it, so maybe I'm just weird
- Chocolate: I haven't actually tried this one yet (because I never remember to buy powdered sugar!) but it is definitely one I want to try! Mix together 1 tbsp powdered sugar, 1 tsp cocoa powder, and a pinch of cinnamon. Sprinkle and serve
- Cinnamon and sugar: Sprinkle on in equal parts
- Pizza: This is another one I've been meaning to try but haven't yet (the kids don't think they'll like it, so I'll have to try it when my husband I have a middle of the night "date" watching a movie together in the living room!). In a small bowl, combine 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, and 2-3 tbsp Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle on the fresh popcorn and add more Parmesan cheese if desired.