Popcorn is absolutely huge right now, isn’t it? The crisp aisle of supermarkets and shops has given up a good section to different brands and flavours of popcorn and even cinemas have started offering more options when it comes to popcorn flavour. I can certainly see why. Popcorn is hugely addictive, tasty, much healthier than crisps if you do it right and offers an endless amount of flavour options. Really, it’s just surprising that we were limited to sweet or salted for so long.
SkinnyPop Popcorn recently got in touch with me to ask what my dream popcorn flavour combination would be as part of a campaign they are launching. This really got me thinking. There really is an endless stream of ideas. A quick Pinterest search turned up plenty of flavours, including some that I’d rather avoid (curry popcorn?)!But, the best thing about it is that while brands like SkinnyPop have plenty of popcorn options, there is nothing to stop you creating some amazing snacks at home yourself!
Personally, I love the idea of sweet popcorns instead of some of the savoury options out there. I’m really interested in creating dessert flavours. Here are some that I am keen to try out.
Lemon cheesecake is one of my favourite flavours. I always prefer a fruity dessert even though I’m a complete chocoholic! I think to do this you’d need to make a lemon cheesecake topping using mascarpone or ricotta, lemon juice and sugar and use it as a popcorn flavour.
Bakewell is another of my favourite flavours. Living close to Bakewell it’s something we have quite regularly and it never gets old. The flavours are just perfect together. For this one, I would mix the almond extract with some cherry flavouring and a little maple syrup to create a glaze to toss the popcorn in before sprinkling with almond flakes. To make it extra sweet you could add a drizzle of melted white chocolate.
This was actually the first thing I thought of. When I was about 11 I remember going to the cinema and they were giving away samples of cinnamon popcorn. It was vile. But, I was 11, what did I know? I can see this working with dried apple flakes, cinnamon and maybe a touch of vanilla for extra sweetness.
Chocolate and Mint
Chocolate and mint always work well together so why not put it on popcorn? Create a glaze using maple syrup and a little mint extract, drizzle over the popcorn and sprinkle with dark chocolate shavings.
Chocolate and Coconut
Bounty’s don’t ever seem to have been hugely popular, they are always the last in the celebration box. But, I love them! I think a coconutty popcorn could be awesome. I’d use milk chocolate and desiccated coconut for a great blend.