We’ve all had those nights where we just sit there, binge-watching Scandal on Netflix and eating everything in sight. I’m slightly ashamed to say I’ve eaten shredded cheese, straight out of the bag, when I’m craving something to snack on. Thankfully, I’ve recently rediscovered popcorn to be TV’s best accompaniment – it’s relatively low-calorie, easy to prepare, and tastes delicious. Though buttered popcorn will always hold a place in our hearts, I invite you to branch out and try one of these easy topping combinations to spice up your next snacking session.


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1. Mexican Chocolate 

Add some melted butter, then some chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. Omit the cinnamon if you just want some plain ol’ chocolate popcorn in your belly. Other toppings that work great with the melted chocolate and butter combination are shredded coconut and caramel.


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2. Cinnamon Sugar

If you want to be healthy, skip the butter and start with some coconut oil. Mix the melted coconut oil with some brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle it on your popcorn and there you go!

 3. Cheese

Try sprinkling a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese onto your popcorn; the kind in a green can works great for popcorn, surprisingly! If you want to make this vegan, try using some nutritional yeast instead. A pinch of paprika or cayenne pepper really amps up the flavor, too.


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4. Cool Ranch

Unfortunately, it’s pretty difficult to recreate the taste of our beloved Doritos Cool Ranch chips, but you can get pretty close by sprinkling one teaspoon of ranch dressing mix, along with some melted butter, onto your popcorn.

5. Spicy Sriracha

For an Asian-inspired, spicy snack, sprinkle some wasabi powder on your popcorn, along with some Sriracha and a dash of soy sauce. Sesame oil will really help it all stick together, so don’t be afraid to add a teaspoon of that as well.

The combinations are truly endless, so don’t be scared to go and experiment with new flavor combinations.