Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cinnamon Popcorn

Popcorn. It’s low-calorie, inexpensive, and simply fun. It’s great to serve at parties, it’s available all year long, and it’s loved by kids and adults the world over. It’s practically synonymous with movie watching, and who doesn’t enjoy snacking on popcorn at the ballpark or county fair?

As a zealous recipe buff and cook, I think the best thing about popcorn (aside from eating it!) is its versatility. Those soft yet crunchy kernels can carry more than just butter and salt! The possibilities are endless. Popcorn can be sweet, savory, or a combination of both—just open your spice cabinet and play with different flavors. Garlic, cumin, nutmeg, chili, freshly ground pepper, dill, cloves…well, you get the idea.

Popcorn is also high in protein and fiber. Unfortunately, most of the popcorn available in the grocery store (even the type for microwaves) has fat added.

I’d like to share one of my favorite (and definitely kid-friendly) popcorn concoctions: Cinnamon Popcorn. The recipe is easy-to-follow and uses ingredients you probably have in your kitchen already. If you’re watching your sugar intake, simply substitute the sugar for Splenda and you won’t miss out on a thing.

Makes 4 servings (1 cup each serving)

2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups freshly popped popcorn (Use a hot air popper.)
Nonstick cooking spray

First, collect all of your ingredients. 

Next, use an air popper to make 4 cups of popcorn. 

Then, Combine 2 tsp sugar and ½ tsp ground cinnamon in a small bowl or custard.

Mix well. 

Spray the baking sheet lightly with cooking spray, then spread the popcorn on it. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.


One last idea: Your leftover Cinnamon Popcorn makes a great on-the-go snack. Simply divide up any remaining popcorn into individual servings and store them in zip lock bags.

Whether you’re a snacker or a foodie—or a little of both—there’s no end to the fun you can have with popcorn. I’d love to hear your favorite popcorn recipes! 

Each Serving Provides
Calories: 41
Total Fat: 0.3g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 0mg
Total Carbohydrate: 8.5g
Dietary Fiber: 1.4g
Protein: 1g

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