Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Popcorn Topping Recipes

Having spent a lot of time searching, shopping, planning, and preparing topping recipes for an event where popcorn was served in individual size containers for about forty people, I have three good reasons to share the recipes and Popcorn Bar set-up tips with you:
  1. Popcorn toppings are a fun topic.
  2. People that attended requested the recipes.
  3. There are not many all-inclusive posts on Popcorn Bar set up and non-messy, non-gooey topping recipes that taste great and work well for this type setting.
Lets start with the recipes.  Every one (except for Spicy Maple Bacon) is a dry mix designed to be sprinkled over lightly buttered popcorn.  Once you've prepared the toppings, each can be carefully poured into its own clean, empty spice jar when you're ready to serve it.  Please note that a few adaptations have been made from the original recipes:

Cajun Popcorn Topping from
6 tsp paprika
3 tsp onion powder
3 tsp garlic powder
5 tbsp salt
  2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, (optional)


Cinnamon Toast Popcorn Topping from

Cinnamon Toast
9 tbsp confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


Popcorn Topping Recipes from

Parmesan Nacho
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic salt

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp oregano (dried)
2 tsp basil (dried)
lemon pepper or black pepper


Sweet Chili Popcorn Topping recipe from

Sweet Chili
12 tbsp sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
 1 tsp cayenne pepper
 6 tsp paprika


Saveur Maple Bacon Popcorn Recipe
 My adaptation of Saveur's Maple Bacon Popcorn  was the crowd favorite. If you'd like the recipe, you can get it from my blog post here:

Spicy Maple Bacon Popcorn


If you'd like to know how to make your own Popcorn Bar, get it from my blog post below the photo:

Here is the tutorial for creating your own Popcorn Bar.  This is the one I helped put together.  I want to say a special thanks to my friend RB.  She led the planning and provided most of the cute decorations for this event.  She also provided the photos of our Popcorn Bar.

This post is shared at:

The Country Cook: Weekend Potluck #63 


  1. I think that Spicy Maple Bacon one (also mentioned in an earlier post) is pretty fantastic. I would really like someone to declare one day of the year Bacon Day, and eat bacon flavored everything. Preferably while they still sell Bacon Milkshakes at Jack In The Box.

  2. the popcorn bar was a hit. All of the recipes were delicious

  3. Thanks you for those very nice comments.

  4. What a darling...and yummy...idea and post! Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. This is just great!

  5. how cute... LDS young womens camp??

    1. Hi Cara-Anne,

      We did this for New Beginnings. Each topping represented a different YW Value.



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