Microwave popcorn is often a go-to snack for college students. It’s easy to store, quick to make and the perfect snack for study sessions or Netflix marathons with your roommate. However, sometimes the standard butter and salt gets boring. When it’s time to switch it up and add more flavor try one of these five simple — and cheap! — ways to add more flavor to your popcorn.
If Taco Tuesday is your favorite day at the dining hall then this popcorn upgrade may just change your life. For an exciting flavor that will start a fiesta in your month, sprinkle powdered taco seasoning on freshly popped corn. For even more flavor, toss some shredded cheese into the mix. This upgrade is both delicious and cheap, as taco seasoning packets will cost you pennies at the grocery store.
Cinnamon and Sugar Popcorn
Satisfy your craving for salty and sweet snacks by adding sweetness to your popcorn. Once your snack is fully popped, open the bag slightly and sprinkle in a light amount of cinnamon and sugar. Just snag 2 sugar packets from the dining hall, that should be plenty, and just a small amount of cinnamon is all you need. Close the bag and shake well to create an even coating of sweetness. This snack is so good you may not want to share.
Parmesan and Garlic Popcorn
This popcorn upgrade will have you feeling like you’re eating cheesy garlic bread, without all of the calories. Simply shake parmesan cheese and garlic powder into the bog of freshly popped corn and shake to cover all of the pieces. Pour the finished product into a bowl, or eat it straight from the bag if you just can’t wait. This snack both easy on the pocket and a delicious addition to any movie night that will satisfy any savory snack craving.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Popcorn
If you love peanut butter and chocolate — let’s face it, who doesn’t? — adding them to your popcorn will no doubt be a recurring event. Before you begin popping your popcorn put equal parts of peanut butter and chocolate (1 tbsp of each is usually enough) in a microwave-safe bowl and nuke until the chocolate is melted (about 45 seconds to 1 minute). The chocolate can be in the form of chocolate chips, a candy bar broken into smaller pieces, Hershey kisses or whatever you have on hand. Take the melted peanut butter and chocolate out of the microwave and stir together while the popcorn is popping. When the popcorn is done put it in a bowl and drizzle the mixture over the popcorn. Stir or toss the corn to get an even coating. You may want to wait to let the mixture cool down and set so the snack won’t be so messy. However, if you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty, eating this snack warm and fresh is oh so satisfying.
Bacon and Ranch Popcorn
Perfect for any bacon-lover, this snack is great for any Super Bowl party, or even to eat by yourself. However, if you consider this to be your meal (yes, it’s just that good) you may need to take a health supplement. Once your popcorn has finished popping in the microwave, sprinkle powdered ranch seasoning — available for next to nothing in the grocery store — inside the popcorn bag and shake. Next, pour the bag of ranch-coated popcorn into a bowl and sprinkle pieces of bacon on top. If you’re looking for a cheap, no preparation bacon, go for bacon bits to sprinkle on top. However, if your bacon-obsession leaves no room for anything less than fresh, hot slices you can easily prepare bacon in your microwave. Once the pieces of bacon are sprinkled on top, it’s time to enjoy one of the most amazing bags of popcorn you will ever eat.
Who says popcorn has to be boring? Spicing up this snack with simple and mouth-watering ingredients will make your popcorn better than you ever thought possible. To make things even better, these additions to your popcorn are low-cost and most are low in calories, making your snack that much more delicious. The next time you’re looking for a flavorful, satisfying and easy-to-make snack, look no further than a bag of popcorn.