Top Popcorn Toppings

Popcorn appears to be having a moment. First there was sweet ‘n’ salty, now the supermarkets seem to be stocking all kinds of weird and wonderful flavours. If you’re not wholly convinced that popcorn is the perfect snack, allow me to sell it to you. First of all it is SUPER easy to make. You’ll realise that the recipes below are slightly vague, but that’s because you can’t really go far wrong; the toppings you create can be tailored to your taste. Secondly it is FUN to make. If you don’t get a bit of a thrill from watching and listening to the kernels bounce around in the pan, you need to ask yourself some serious questions about the state of your soul. Finally, popcorn is relatively healthy. Obviously this depends on your topping, but since it can be a savoury or a sweet snack, it can replace both crisps and chocolate and will be healthier than both.


Below are my three favourite recipes for making your own popcorn toppings. To make the basic popcorn, heat up a thin layer of oil on a medium heat, add as many kernels as you want, put the lid on the pan and wait for the pure magic to begin.

Garlic and Parmesan

A large knob (straight faces everyone) of butter

1 Clove of garlic

Dried mixed herbs

Grated Parmesan


This topping might feel a bit ‘out-there’ for the popcorn novice, but trust me, to get the most out of this snack you have to start seeing the corn as a blank canvas. Simply melt the butter in a pan, crush the garlic and add to the butter, stirring constantly, then add a shake or two of the mixed herbs. Once you’ve created the buttery sauce, take off the heat and pour it over your popcorn. Try to get an even covering by mixing around the corn, then grate the parmesan cheese over the top. This flavour of popcorn is super nice warmed up too.

Sweet and Salty

A large knob of butter

2 tbsp sugar

Table salt to taste


Until you try this combination, you will undoubtedly dismiss it as sick and wrong. I can pretty much guarantee you though, that after your very first mouthful, you will be well and truly converted. Somehow it just works. There is plenty of this stuff in the shops, but it couldn’t be easier to make your own. Just melt the butter in a pan and add the sugar, stirring until it has mostly combined. Pour the sauce over the popcorn, mixing thoroughly to ensure an even coverage, then sprinkle over the salt. Taste to adjust the ratio; you want even saltiness and sugary-ness to get the full effect of it’s addictive nature.

Rocky Road

A large knob of butter

50g milk chocolate

A handful of glace cherries cut into smaller pieces

A handful of mini marshmallows


This one might not tick the healthy box, but it sure ticks every other one. Melt the butter and the chocolate together on a low heat, stirring constantly. Once combined, take off the heat and add the marshmallows and cherries. Mix the sauce into the popcorn and leave in the fridge to set.


  1. August 5, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    yum! i always put some parmesan cheese on my popcorn, love the taste!

    • Emily
      August 5, 2014 / 8:50 pm

      I had never thought of it until recently! The possibilities are endless! 😀

  2. August 5, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    The parmesan popcorn sounds delicious, I hadn’t considered savoury popcorn beyond just salted. It’s such a healthy and filling snack, as long as you put the right things on it! I’ve started taking my own popcorn to the cinema in a tupperware box, will have to use one of these weird toppings and see what my friends think 🙂

    • Emily
      August 6, 2014 / 11:24 am

      I have to admit I was a bit hesitant to branch out into savoury, but now i’ve tried it there is no going back! That’s a really good idea to take some yourself as it’s SO expensive at the cinema! I’m going tonight in fact to watch the Inbetweeners so I may just take your advice! Thanks!

  3. August 5, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    I’ve tried the sweet and salty popcorn from the supermarket and was pleasantly surprised! This rocky road popcorn looks ah-may-zing though! I’m definitely pinning this to try making my own later. Thank you!


    • Emily
      August 6, 2014 / 11:25 am

      I was really weirded out by the idea of sweet and salty at first but it’s since become a firm favourite! Hope you enjoy whichever you try, let me know how it goes! x

  4. August 6, 2014 / 1:30 am

    I’ve been kind of intrigued by savoury flavors as there’s so many in shops now. The garlic and parmesan recipe sounds right up my street, but my head is still kind of shouting ‘What, no, all kinds of wrong’. Maybe I’ll try the rocky road first, stick to the sweeter side of things.

    • Emily
      August 6, 2014 / 11:27 am

      Ha I know what you mean, I saw tomato and basil in the supermarket and just thought ‘WRONG’, but then I thought well Popcorn on it’s own is neither sweet nor savoury and so it can be a blank canvas. But yes, maybe start with the rocky road, as there is nothing not to like about it! Hope it goes well!

      • August 10, 2014 / 12:43 am

        Tomato and basil, woahhhhh. I’ll definitely have to try some of the more savory flavours out at some point though. c:

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