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Flavored Popcorn

Martha Stewart Living, May 2011

Set the scene for a night at the movies with custom popcorn containers. Trim the tops of white paper bags with scallop scissors, and then draw stripes with a red marker. Print our popcorn labels on adhesive paper, or attach with glue.

You don't need a store-bought package for delicious popcorn! And who says you have to go with the same old buttered flavor? Spice things up with fun varieties, such as pesto, sugar and spice, and s'mores. 

Place 1/4 cup popcorn kernels in a brown paper lunch bag. Fold down the top of the bag, and crimp to seal. Microwave on high until popped (making about 6 cups), 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Season popcorn with 1/4 teaspoon salt; transfer to a bowl, and add toppings as suggested below.

Add a Topping:

1. Pesto Presto
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter + 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons jarred pesto

2. Sugar and Spice
3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted with 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar (toss with popcorn) + 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice

3. S'mores
2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows melted with 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (toss with popcorn) + 2 chopped graham crackers + 1 1/2 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate