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18 Surprising Flavored Popcorns to Buy at the Grocery Store

18 Surprising Flavored Popcorns to Buy at the Grocery Store


It’s not all butter-flavored any more

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It’s a brave new world, folks. Oreos now come in Brownie Batter flavor, Jelly Belly makes vomit-flavored jelly beans, and Dunkin’ Donuts is selling a Fudge Croissant Donut. Diversification is all the rage among brands looking to freshen up their image, so sure enough, packaged popcorn companies are stepping up their game as well.

18 Surprising Flavored Popcorns to Buy at the Grocery Store

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It’s a brave new world, folks. Diversification is all the rage among brands looking to freshen up their image, so sure enough, packaged popcorn companies are stepping up their game as well.

Act II Kickin’ Jalapeño Microwave Popcorn

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Act II has been stepping up its microwave game lately, andthis flavor is genuinely spicy.

Act II Sweet Cinnamon Microwave Popcorn

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Sweet microwave popcorn is a relatively new development, and Act II is offering acinnamon-flavored sweet variety.

Angie's Holidrizzle Boom Chicka Pop Frosted Cupcake Flavored Kettle Corn

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Not only does this popcorn have what’s quite possibly the best name of any food product in history, it also has real sprinkles on it.

Earth Balance Vegan Popcorn Aged White Cheddar Flavor

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White Cheddar is a popular popcorn flavor, but what about vegan white Cheddar? That’s one you don’t see too often. Instead of cheese, it’s made with onion and garlic powders, lactic acid, and yeast extract.

G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix

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You know how when you get those big tubs of popcorn divided into Cheddar and caramel flavors, the two sides occasionally spill over into each other? The flavors actually work really well together, and the combination is officially called “Chicago Mix.”

G.H. Cretors Greek Yogurt Caramel Drizzle

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G.H. Cretors has also taken its caramel corn and drizzled it with sweet Greek yogurt. Nice!

Golden Fluff Popcorn Onion & Garlic

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This is a flavor combination you’re more likely to see on potato chips, but it certainly works on popcorn as well.

Jody’s Cinnamon Toast Gourmet Popcorn

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This popcorn is coated in a crunchy cinnamon-kicked glaze, and we’re definitely okay with that.

Orville Redenbacher’s Natural Light Zesty Pepper Butter

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Even old Orville is getting in on the game, launching a line of “Gourmet Naturals” in some creative flavors. This one is made with roasted red peppers, sea salt, and “a touch of seasonings.”

Orville Redenbacher’s Kettle Korn Pop-Up Bowl

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This one is actually really cool, and essentially reinvents microwave popcorn as we know it. These popcorn bags turn into bowls as they cook in the microwave, so all you need to do is peel the lid off and you’re ready to go. The company also offers microwave “tubs” that pop inside amovie theater-style popcorn container.

Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Sea Salt & Vinegar

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Salt and Vinegar is another flavor we’re more used to on potato chips, but we can tell you from experience that it also really works on popcorn.

Popcorn, Indiana Drizzlecorn

Popcorn, Indiana (which has brick and mortar stores as well as a line of packaged products), sells a popular line of “Drizzlecorn,” clusters of popcorn drizzled with tasty sauces. Drizzlecorn options include Black & White, Sea Salt Caramel, Toasted Coconut, and our favorite, Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Popsalot Saigon Sunrise

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Popsalot produces some unique popcorn flavors, but this one might be the most surprising. This gourmet kettle corn incorporates real Vietnamese cinnamon.

Quinn Parmesan & Rosemary

Quinn sells a line of truly artisanal popcorn. After popping the unflavored organic popcorn the consumer has to add two separate packets, one with sunflower oil and one with flavoring, then shake it up. But it’s well worth the trouble: Flavors include Vermont Maple & Sea Salt and Hickory Smoked Cheddar, but we’re partial to the Parmesan & Rosemary, which is actually made with (gasp!) real Parmesan cheese and dried rosemary.

SkinnyPop Ultra Lite White Cheddar

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White Cheddar popcorn is generally as unhealthy as most other snack foods, but SkinnyPop’s take on it is made with “natural non-dairy cheddar flavor” and contains just 43 calories per cup.

Snacks101 Baked Popcorn All Natural Smokey Chipotle

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Snacks101’s popcorn is baked, meaning that it doesn’t need to pop in oil, and the oil that it does include is heart-healthy coconut oil. The smoky chipotle flavor kicks it up a few notches, too.

Trader Joe’s Popcorn in a Pickle

This new offering from Trader Joe’s tastes really pickley, because it contains citric acid (for a vinegary kick) and a whole lot of real dill oil.

Why River Crab Seasoned Popcorn

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Why River Seasonings is renowned for its crabseasoning, and the products it flavors (including Cheddar cheese crackers and peanuts). Its popcorn is available in pre-popped bags as well as microwave bags, and it’s savory and addictive.


18 DIY flavored salt recipes to spice up your cooking (INFOGRAPHIC)

Spice up your life with flavored salts you can sprinkle on popcorn, rim cocktails with or season your favorite sweet or savory dishes.

Making your own flavored salts at home is easy, and it’s often far cheaper than buying the gourmet store-bought stuff. They make impressive hostess or housewarming gifts too.

Tips for making flavored salts

  • Place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder or small food processor, and pulse to process and combine.
  • When grinding liquids with salt, sprinkle the liquid over the salt rather than pouring in one area.
  • Some recipes with fresh ingredients may also require oven-drying. Spread them evenly and as thinly as possible on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and put them in an oven set to 170 to 180 degrees F for one to two hours or until they’re dried but not browning. If your salt is stuck together when it comes out of the oven, you can pulse it in the grinder or processor again.

To give them as gifts, just pour the finished products into a series of matching spice and herb shaker jars. (Put a little uncooked rice in the bottom, if desired, to absorb moisture.) Don’t fill them completely full &mdash you should see a little empty space at the top, which makes it easier to shake out from beginning to end. Label each jar on the lid and on the front with a pretty label.

These customizable spice labels are really cute and can be used to cover the rather bright green tops of the Ball brand shakers I recommended. Buy a small gift box big enough to hold all the flavored salts you’re giving with about an inch between them, fill it with decorative paper filler strips, and place the jars about an inch apart inside, nestling them into the filler so they don’t move around. Make sure the label on the outside of the jar is facing forward.

The only thing you have to decide now is which of these DIY flavored salts you plan to give away &mdash and which you’ll keep for yourself.


18 DIY flavored salt recipes to spice up your cooking (INFOGRAPHIC)

Spice up your life with flavored salts you can sprinkle on popcorn, rim cocktails with or season your favorite sweet or savory dishes.

Making your own flavored salts at home is easy, and it’s often far cheaper than buying the gourmet store-bought stuff. They make impressive hostess or housewarming gifts too.

Tips for making flavored salts

  • Place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder or small food processor, and pulse to process and combine.
  • When grinding liquids with salt, sprinkle the liquid over the salt rather than pouring in one area.
  • Some recipes with fresh ingredients may also require oven-drying. Spread them evenly and as thinly as possible on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and put them in an oven set to 170 to 180 degrees F for one to two hours or until they’re dried but not browning. If your salt is stuck together when it comes out of the oven, you can pulse it in the grinder or processor again.

To give them as gifts, just pour the finished products into a series of matching spice and herb shaker jars. (Put a little uncooked rice in the bottom, if desired, to absorb moisture.) Don’t fill them completely full &mdash you should see a little empty space at the top, which makes it easier to shake out from beginning to end. Label each jar on the lid and on the front with a pretty label.

These customizable spice labels are really cute and can be used to cover the rather bright green tops of the Ball brand shakers I recommended. Buy a small gift box big enough to hold all the flavored salts you’re giving with about an inch between them, fill it with decorative paper filler strips, and place the jars about an inch apart inside, nestling them into the filler so they don’t move around. Make sure the label on the outside of the jar is facing forward.

The only thing you have to decide now is which of these DIY flavored salts you plan to give away &mdash and which you’ll keep for yourself.


18 DIY flavored salt recipes to spice up your cooking (INFOGRAPHIC)

Spice up your life with flavored salts you can sprinkle on popcorn, rim cocktails with or season your favorite sweet or savory dishes.

Making your own flavored salts at home is easy, and it’s often far cheaper than buying the gourmet store-bought stuff. They make impressive hostess or housewarming gifts too.

Tips for making flavored salts

  • Place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder or small food processor, and pulse to process and combine.
  • When grinding liquids with salt, sprinkle the liquid over the salt rather than pouring in one area.
  • Some recipes with fresh ingredients may also require oven-drying. Spread them evenly and as thinly as possible on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and put them in an oven set to 170 to 180 degrees F for one to two hours or until they’re dried but not browning. If your salt is stuck together when it comes out of the oven, you can pulse it in the grinder or processor again.

To give them as gifts, just pour the finished products into a series of matching spice and herb shaker jars. (Put a little uncooked rice in the bottom, if desired, to absorb moisture.) Don’t fill them completely full &mdash you should see a little empty space at the top, which makes it easier to shake out from beginning to end. Label each jar on the lid and on the front with a pretty label.

These customizable spice labels are really cute and can be used to cover the rather bright green tops of the Ball brand shakers I recommended. Buy a small gift box big enough to hold all the flavored salts you’re giving with about an inch between them, fill it with decorative paper filler strips, and place the jars about an inch apart inside, nestling them into the filler so they don’t move around. Make sure the label on the outside of the jar is facing forward.

The only thing you have to decide now is which of these DIY flavored salts you plan to give away &mdash and which you’ll keep for yourself.


18 DIY flavored salt recipes to spice up your cooking (INFOGRAPHIC)

Spice up your life with flavored salts you can sprinkle on popcorn, rim cocktails with or season your favorite sweet or savory dishes.

Making your own flavored salts at home is easy, and it’s often far cheaper than buying the gourmet store-bought stuff. They make impressive hostess or housewarming gifts too.

Tips for making flavored salts

  • Place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder or small food processor, and pulse to process and combine.
  • When grinding liquids with salt, sprinkle the liquid over the salt rather than pouring in one area.
  • Some recipes with fresh ingredients may also require oven-drying. Spread them evenly and as thinly as possible on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and put them in an oven set to 170 to 180 degrees F for one to two hours or until they’re dried but not browning. If your salt is stuck together when it comes out of the oven, you can pulse it in the grinder or processor again.

To give them as gifts, just pour the finished products into a series of matching spice and herb shaker jars. (Put a little uncooked rice in the bottom, if desired, to absorb moisture.) Don’t fill them completely full &mdash you should see a little empty space at the top, which makes it easier to shake out from beginning to end. Label each jar on the lid and on the front with a pretty label.

These customizable spice labels are really cute and can be used to cover the rather bright green tops of the Ball brand shakers I recommended. Buy a small gift box big enough to hold all the flavored salts you’re giving with about an inch between them, fill it with decorative paper filler strips, and place the jars about an inch apart inside, nestling them into the filler so they don’t move around. Make sure the label on the outside of the jar is facing forward.

The only thing you have to decide now is which of these DIY flavored salts you plan to give away &mdash and which you’ll keep for yourself.


18 DIY flavored salt recipes to spice up your cooking (INFOGRAPHIC)

Spice up your life with flavored salts you can sprinkle on popcorn, rim cocktails with or season your favorite sweet or savory dishes.

Making your own flavored salts at home is easy, and it’s often far cheaper than buying the gourmet store-bought stuff. They make impressive hostess or housewarming gifts too.

Tips for making flavored salts

  • Place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder or small food processor, and pulse to process and combine.
  • When grinding liquids with salt, sprinkle the liquid over the salt rather than pouring in one area.
  • Some recipes with fresh ingredients may also require oven-drying. Spread them evenly and as thinly as possible on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and put them in an oven set to 170 to 180 degrees F for one to two hours or until they’re dried but not browning. If your salt is stuck together when it comes out of the oven, you can pulse it in the grinder or processor again.

To give them as gifts, just pour the finished products into a series of matching spice and herb shaker jars. (Put a little uncooked rice in the bottom, if desired, to absorb moisture.) Don’t fill them completely full &mdash you should see a little empty space at the top, which makes it easier to shake out from beginning to end. Label each jar on the lid and on the front with a pretty label.

These customizable spice labels are really cute and can be used to cover the rather bright green tops of the Ball brand shakers I recommended. Buy a small gift box big enough to hold all the flavored salts you’re giving with about an inch between them, fill it with decorative paper filler strips, and place the jars about an inch apart inside, nestling them into the filler so they don’t move around. Make sure the label on the outside of the jar is facing forward.

The only thing you have to decide now is which of these DIY flavored salts you plan to give away &mdash and which you’ll keep for yourself.


18 DIY flavored salt recipes to spice up your cooking (INFOGRAPHIC)

Spice up your life with flavored salts you can sprinkle on popcorn, rim cocktails with or season your favorite sweet or savory dishes.

Making your own flavored salts at home is easy, and it’s often far cheaper than buying the gourmet store-bought stuff. They make impressive hostess or housewarming gifts too.

Tips for making flavored salts

  • Place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder or small food processor, and pulse to process and combine.
  • When grinding liquids with salt, sprinkle the liquid over the salt rather than pouring in one area.
  • Some recipes with fresh ingredients may also require oven-drying. Spread them evenly and as thinly as possible on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and put them in an oven set to 170 to 180 degrees F for one to two hours or until they’re dried but not browning. If your salt is stuck together when it comes out of the oven, you can pulse it in the grinder or processor again.

To give them as gifts, just pour the finished products into a series of matching spice and herb shaker jars. (Put a little uncooked rice in the bottom, if desired, to absorb moisture.) Don’t fill them completely full &mdash you should see a little empty space at the top, which makes it easier to shake out from beginning to end. Label each jar on the lid and on the front with a pretty label.

These customizable spice labels are really cute and can be used to cover the rather bright green tops of the Ball brand shakers I recommended. Buy a small gift box big enough to hold all the flavored salts you’re giving with about an inch between them, fill it with decorative paper filler strips, and place the jars about an inch apart inside, nestling them into the filler so they don’t move around. Make sure the label on the outside of the jar is facing forward.

The only thing you have to decide now is which of these DIY flavored salts you plan to give away &mdash and which you’ll keep for yourself.


18 DIY flavored salt recipes to spice up your cooking (INFOGRAPHIC)

Spice up your life with flavored salts you can sprinkle on popcorn, rim cocktails with or season your favorite sweet or savory dishes.

Making your own flavored salts at home is easy, and it’s often far cheaper than buying the gourmet store-bought stuff. They make impressive hostess or housewarming gifts too.

Tips for making flavored salts

  • Place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder or small food processor, and pulse to process and combine.
  • When grinding liquids with salt, sprinkle the liquid over the salt rather than pouring in one area.
  • Some recipes with fresh ingredients may also require oven-drying. Spread them evenly and as thinly as possible on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and put them in an oven set to 170 to 180 degrees F for one to two hours or until they’re dried but not browning. If your salt is stuck together when it comes out of the oven, you can pulse it in the grinder or processor again.

To give them as gifts, just pour the finished products into a series of matching spice and herb shaker jars. (Put a little uncooked rice in the bottom, if desired, to absorb moisture.) Don’t fill them completely full &mdash you should see a little empty space at the top, which makes it easier to shake out from beginning to end. Label each jar on the lid and on the front with a pretty label.

These customizable spice labels are really cute and can be used to cover the rather bright green tops of the Ball brand shakers I recommended. Buy a small gift box big enough to hold all the flavored salts you’re giving with about an inch between them, fill it with decorative paper filler strips, and place the jars about an inch apart inside, nestling them into the filler so they don’t move around. Make sure the label on the outside of the jar is facing forward.

The only thing you have to decide now is which of these DIY flavored salts you plan to give away &mdash and which you’ll keep for yourself.


18 DIY flavored salt recipes to spice up your cooking (INFOGRAPHIC)

Spice up your life with flavored salts you can sprinkle on popcorn, rim cocktails with or season your favorite sweet or savory dishes.

Making your own flavored salts at home is easy, and it’s often far cheaper than buying the gourmet store-bought stuff. They make impressive hostess or housewarming gifts too.

Tips for making flavored salts

  • Place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder or small food processor, and pulse to process and combine.
  • When grinding liquids with salt, sprinkle the liquid over the salt rather than pouring in one area.
  • Some recipes with fresh ingredients may also require oven-drying. Spread them evenly and as thinly as possible on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and put them in an oven set to 170 to 180 degrees F for one to two hours or until they’re dried but not browning. If your salt is stuck together when it comes out of the oven, you can pulse it in the grinder or processor again.

To give them as gifts, just pour the finished products into a series of matching spice and herb shaker jars. (Put a little uncooked rice in the bottom, if desired, to absorb moisture.) Don’t fill them completely full &mdash you should see a little empty space at the top, which makes it easier to shake out from beginning to end. Label each jar on the lid and on the front with a pretty label.

These customizable spice labels are really cute and can be used to cover the rather bright green tops of the Ball brand shakers I recommended. Buy a small gift box big enough to hold all the flavored salts you’re giving with about an inch between them, fill it with decorative paper filler strips, and place the jars about an inch apart inside, nestling them into the filler so they don’t move around. Make sure the label on the outside of the jar is facing forward.

The only thing you have to decide now is which of these DIY flavored salts you plan to give away &mdash and which you’ll keep for yourself.


18 DIY flavored salt recipes to spice up your cooking (INFOGRAPHIC)

Spice up your life with flavored salts you can sprinkle on popcorn, rim cocktails with or season your favorite sweet or savory dishes.

Making your own flavored salts at home is easy, and it’s often far cheaper than buying the gourmet store-bought stuff. They make impressive hostess or housewarming gifts too.

Tips for making flavored salts

  • Place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder or small food processor, and pulse to process and combine.
  • When grinding liquids with salt, sprinkle the liquid over the salt rather than pouring in one area.
  • Some recipes with fresh ingredients may also require oven-drying. Spread them evenly and as thinly as possible on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and put them in an oven set to 170 to 180 degrees F for one to two hours or until they’re dried but not browning. If your salt is stuck together when it comes out of the oven, you can pulse it in the grinder or processor again.

To give them as gifts, just pour the finished products into a series of matching spice and herb shaker jars. (Put a little uncooked rice in the bottom, if desired, to absorb moisture.) Don’t fill them completely full &mdash you should see a little empty space at the top, which makes it easier to shake out from beginning to end. Label each jar on the lid and on the front with a pretty label.

These customizable spice labels are really cute and can be used to cover the rather bright green tops of the Ball brand shakers I recommended. Buy a small gift box big enough to hold all the flavored salts you’re giving with about an inch between them, fill it with decorative paper filler strips, and place the jars about an inch apart inside, nestling them into the filler so they don’t move around. Make sure the label on the outside of the jar is facing forward.

The only thing you have to decide now is which of these DIY flavored salts you plan to give away &mdash and which you’ll keep for yourself.


18 DIY flavored salt recipes to spice up your cooking (INFOGRAPHIC)

Spice up your life with flavored salts you can sprinkle on popcorn, rim cocktails with or season your favorite sweet or savory dishes.

Making your own flavored salts at home is easy, and it’s often far cheaper than buying the gourmet store-bought stuff. They make impressive hostess or housewarming gifts too.

Tips for making flavored salts

  • Place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder or small food processor, and pulse to process and combine.
  • When grinding liquids with salt, sprinkle the liquid over the salt rather than pouring in one area.
  • Some recipes with fresh ingredients may also require oven-drying. Spread them evenly and as thinly as possible on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and put them in an oven set to 170 to 180 degrees F for one to two hours or until they’re dried but not browning. If your salt is stuck together when it comes out of the oven, you can pulse it in the grinder or processor again.

To give them as gifts, just pour the finished products into a series of matching spice and herb shaker jars. (Put a little uncooked rice in the bottom, if desired, to absorb moisture.) Don’t fill them completely full &mdash you should see a little empty space at the top, which makes it easier to shake out from beginning to end. Label each jar on the lid and on the front with a pretty label.

These customizable spice labels are really cute and can be used to cover the rather bright green tops of the Ball brand shakers I recommended. Buy a small gift box big enough to hold all the flavored salts you’re giving with about an inch between them, fill it with decorative paper filler strips, and place the jars about an inch apart inside, nestling them into the filler so they don’t move around. Make sure the label on the outside of the jar is facing forward.

The only thing you have to decide now is which of these DIY flavored salts you plan to give away &mdash and which you’ll keep for yourself.


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