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March 11, 2019

Popcorn PIcks

I am crazy about popcorn, I microwave it, buy it by the bag precooked or cook it in my microwave popcorn bowl. I can remember being a kid and my mom would make us popcorn and malts for dinner, She would crack an egg into it thinking that she was at least giving us some protein. I think my love of popcorn started then

March 14, is World Popcorn Lover’s Day. This is the day for popcorn lovers like me not to be confused with the United States national holiday which commences on January 19.

Here are a few of my favorite popcorns’ including bagged, microwaved or flavorings you can make at home.

If making popcorn at home, which I am convinced is the world’s cheapest snack, you will love having the NordicWare Minnesota Made Microwave Popcorn Bowl on hand. My radio partner, Stephanie March’s daughter, called into our radio show to tell us she swears by it. The bowl is very simple, but apparently, it makes the best, most consistent popcorn at home. The bowl facilitates popping so that there are very few kernels left after popping. People say they like it even better than the air popper popcorn makers and a plus if you don’t have to use any oil.

Here are a few options to make your home-made popcorn snazzy. Mix these combinations up and shake them in a paper bag to mix.

Everything Bagel
Get the pre-mixed version at Trader Joes or make it yourself by mixing: 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon poppy seeds, 1 teaspoon garlic powder or dried garlic flakes, 1 teaspoon onion powder or dried onion flakes, ½ teaspoon salt

Thai
1 teaspoon curry powder, 2 teaspoons coconut flakes

Honey-Butter
Velvet Bees Honey Butter is made with 5 all-natural ingredients: 100% Minnesota honey, butter, organic cream, cane sugar, and pure vanilla. This combination is magic and makes the perfect topping for popcorn. Spoon out a couple teaspoons for a single serving and heat briefly in the microwave and pour over the popcorn before adding salt. This combination is sweet, salty and perfect. This is my favorite way to eat popcorn at home.

Smude Microwave popcorn
Smude’s Microwave Popcorn is Minnesota made and promises to be a healthier alternative to other microwavable brands. You can tell when you look at the popcorn that it’s something special with its fluffy white buttered kernels that is nothing like the greasy orange microwave popcorn that smells and looks like popcorn but tastes like chemicals. Smude Microwave popcorn doesn’t feel like chemicals and contains no, additives, or preservatives. It’s made in Minnesota and only 170 calories per serving, gluten-free, and boasts zero grams trans fats. This is fantastic microwave popcorn.

Maddy and Maize
This is fancy, party popcorn that tastes like no other– With flavors like Birthday Cake and Raspberry Lemon you can’t imagine how spot on these flavors are – and yes! These two are Made in Minnesota and available at your local target or online. They also are natural, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO and made with no artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Buddha Bowl Popcorn
I stumbled across this popcorn at Whole Foods and was wildly attracted to the giant Buddha on the packaging. The company is LesserEvil, and the Popcorn Assortment Includes 4 Different Flavors – Himalayan Gold, Himalayan Pink, Oh My Ghee!, and Classic Cheddah. You can tell right away the taste of coconut oil and its pleasant. This popcorn is also Organic, Non-GMO with No Refined Sugars, Salt, Preservatives, or Flavors plus Himalayan Salt!