Five Favorite Fall Popcorn Recipes

By Leslie Sausage Created: November 4, 2012 Last Updated: November 4, 2012
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Kettle corn: a true classic. (Eugene Bochkarev/

Kettle corn: a true classic. (Eugene Bochkarev/

October is National Popcorn Month, so pop up a batch or two!

October is national popcorn month because popcorn is harvested each fall in the Midwest. This all-time favorite snack is cheap, easy to make, and most people like it—it’s the perfect treat!

Try some of our favorite popcorn recipes:

1. Pink Elephant Popcorn: Very Pretty Pink

    3 tablespoons butter
    1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
    4 tablespoons dry strawberry-flavored gelatin
    2 quarts popped popcorn

Melt butter over low heat. Stir in marshmallows until they are soft but not melted. Add flavored gelatin mix. Stir until everything is a nice pink color throughout. The gelatin may not dissolve completely, but that’s OK. Pour evenly over popcorn and stir until popcorn is evenly coated. Cool. Enjoy!

2. Kettle Corn: A True Classic

    1/4 cup oil
    1/2 cup popcorn
    1/4 cup sugar

Heat oil in popper (or large soup pot). Add popcorn and sugar. Pop as usual. Remove immediately to avoid burning. If you use white sugar, it will taste like popcorn balls. If you use brown sugar, it will taste like caramel corn.

To add color: Add a few drops of food coloring on the unmelted sugar when ingredients are put in popper. Dot drops around in 6 or 8 places. Don’t squirt in one spot or it will lump!

3. Crispy Popcorn Snack: Savory and Delicious

    3 quarts popped corn
    1/4 cup butter, melted
    1/2 small can French fried onions
    1/4 cup bacon bits
    Salt to taste

Toss popped corn with melted butter. Stir in French fried onions and bacon bits. Sprinkle with salt. Place on jellyroll pan or baking sheet. Heat oven to 250 degrees F. Bake for 5 minutes; serve hot.

4. Pizza Popcorn: Yummy

    3 quarts popped corn
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons dry spaghetti sauce mix
    2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Place popcorn in a large bowl. Warm olive oil in microwave. Drizzle oil over popcorn. Sprinkle with dry spaghetti sauce powder and Parmesan cheese; toss to coat popcorn.

5. Sugar and Spice Popcorn: Addicting

    1 tablespoon butter
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    2 quarts popped corn

Melt butter over low heat. Add sugar and spices. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Drizzle over popcorn and toss to mix well. Other spices can be substituted: allspice, anise, cloves, ginger, mint, or even pumpkin pie spice.

Leslie Sausage is a freelance writer. Reprinted with permission by

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