Perfect Pops for Every Occasion

Jan 11, 2016, 13:36 ET from Family Features Editorial Syndicate

MISSION, Kan., Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) No matter what kind of events you have on your social calendar, you can pop up delicious treats that are sure to be a hit.

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Whether hosting a get-together for the guys and tuning into the game or having a night in with the girls, freshly popped popcorn, which is naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO and gluten free, can help you please every palate.

Sweet, spicy, salty or served in more non-traditional ways, the possibilities are endless, and perfect for everything from date night to a family movie night or even a sleepover or kids' party. And since it's healthy and whole grain, popcorn is a satisfying snack suitable for every occasion that you can feel good about serving.

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Cookies 'N Cream Popcorn

Yield: 12 cups


cups popped popcorn


package (11 ounces) white chocolate chips


teaspoons coconut oil


Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped


Place popcorn in large bowl; set aside.

In medium saucepan on low heat, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil; stir until blended.

Pour melted chocolate over popcorn, stirring until well-coated. Stir in chopped Oreos.

Spread mixture on baking sheet and chill until chocolate has set. Break into pieces to serve.

Popcorn Party Pizza

Yield: 8 slices


tablespoons butter


bag (10.5 ounces) mini marshmallows


quarts popped popcorn


tube (.68 ounces) red piping gel


package red raspberry fruit roll-ups

green jelly beans


candy-coated chocolate pieces


Spray 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray; set aside.

In large saucepan over medium heat, heat butter.

Stir in marshmallows until melted.

Stir in popcorn until well coated.

Spread mixture evenly onto prepared pizza pan.

Drizzle red piping gel over "pizza" to make "sauce."

Cut small circles (about 1 1/4 inches in diameter) from fruit roll-up and place on pizza for "pepperoni" slices.

Decorate as desired with jelly beans, coconut and candies. Allow to cool completely before cutting into wedges to serve.

Popcorn and Peanut Truffles

Yield: About 30 pieces


cups popped popcorn


cup roasted and salted peanuts


package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


cup honey


In large bowl, stir popcorn and peanuts together; set aside.

In microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips 10 seconds. Stir chips and repeat, stirring after each 10 seconds, until chips are melted. Warm honey in microwave 10 seconds and stir into chocolate until well blended.

Pour chocolate mixture over popcorn mixture and stir until popcorn is evenly coated. With small ice cream scoop, push popcorn mixture into scoop and release onto wax paper to form truffles. Refrigerate until firm.

Note: Truffles can be stored in an airtight container up to 5 days.

Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Popcorn

Yield: 10 cups


cups popped popcorn


tablespoons butter or margarine


tablespoons light brown sugar


teaspoon coconut extract (optional)


cup chocolate chips


teaspoon vegetable oil


bag (7 ounces) shredded coconut, toasted


Place popcorn in large bowl; set aside.

In small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar and coconut extract; stir until melted and combined.

Pour over popcorn, coating well. Spread popcorn onto large cookie sheet.

In glass measuring cup, melt chocolate chips and vegetable oil in microwave on low heat until smooth. Drizzle over popcorn. Immediately sprinkle coconut over popcorn mixture; cool.

Break into pieces and serve.

Cheesy Pepperoni Popcorn

Yield: 6-8 cups


cup nonfat Parmesan cheese


teaspoons garlic powder


teaspoon dried oregano


teaspoon dried marjoram leaves


teaspoon dried basil leaves


teaspoon dried sage

black pepper, to taste


cups popped popcorn


cup turkey pepperoni, cut into bite-size bits

olive oil cooking spray


In small bowl, combine Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, oregano, marjoram, basil, sage and pepper; mix well.

Place cooked popcorn and turkey pepperoni in large bowl; spray lightly with cooking spray.

Sprinkle popcorn and pepperoni with cheese mixture and toss to coat evenly.

Michael French 

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