Movie nights are a staple in many households. And yes, popcorn is usually its sidekick. But at what point to we start standing up for ourselves? We deserve better than plain old butter flavored popcorn. We shouldn't be restricted to what the store offers. We are the species that invented the cronut! We can do anything.
Here are some must-try popcorn recipes for you to try this weekend. Impress your friends with your ability to transform the simple popcorn kernel into something gourmet. Note that all these recipes work better if you air-pop the kernels on the stove, but you can obviously use microwave popcorn as well! Just make sure you're getting the completely plain kind, no butter.
1. Peanut Putter Cup Popcorn
A combination of sweet and salty...and Reese's. This is the perfect popcorn to satisfy all your cravings at once. Check out the recipe here.
2. Honey Mustard Pretzel Popcorn
The perfect snack not only for movie night, but also sporting events. This recipe combines the classic flavors of honey mustard pretzels with our beloved popcorn. Grab the recipe here.
3. Ranch Popcorn
Who doesn't love ranch? I mean, really. This recipe is perfect if you want something salty but also a little bit tangy. Get the recipe here.
4. Maple Pecan Popcorn
This is like a pie but in popcorn form instead. A perfect snack, especially closer to the holidays. Crunchy, salty, sweet, this will be a crowd pleaser. Check out the recipe here.
5. Jalapeno Bacon Popcorn
This recipe is perfect for a guys night in, or a girls night too. We don't gender-assign popcorn here! It's salty and spicy plus it has bacon so how can it not be good? Grab the recipe here.
6. S'mores Popcorn
A great snack for a summer night. Combining campfire snacks with movie snacks in genius. Indulge in this delicious rendition of popcorn before the summer is over! Get the recipe here.
7. Garlic Butter and Cheese Popcorn
So basic. So yummy. So perfect for your movie night. Grab the recipe here.
8. Cinnamon Roll Popcorn
A perfect treat inspired by some of the best comfort food around: cinnamon buns. This sweet snack is sure to make your weekend plans even better, regardless of what they were. Check it out here.
9. Parmesan-Rosemary Popcorn
This one is a little more adult-like. Not that kids won't love it, but if you're looking for a way to spice up a date night or a Ladies Night In, you've found your popcorn. Grab the recipe here.
10. White Chocolate M&M Popcorn
Last but certainly not least, this kid-friendly treat is the surefire way to make you the best mom on the birthday party circuit. You can even get the kids involved in helping, too! Check out the recipe here.