If you're a popcorn lover, you know the difference between gourmet popcorn kernels and sub-par popcorn kernels. While the gourmet corn pops up fluffy and tender, its basic counterpart can leave much to be desired in way of taste and texture. Gourmet popcorn also has a tendency to pop better, so less kernels are wasted.
There are several ways to use gourmet popcorn and incorporate it into your life. Of course you can enjoy it as a snack on movie night or any other time, but you can also put it to work in other ways, such as decor and gifts. High-quality popping corn makes the ideal present for any snack-lover in your life. If you know the recipient's favorite flavor, you can customize the gift even further.
Following are some creative ways to use gourmet flavored popcorn:
1. Party Snacks and Favors
Since popcorn is popular among people of all ages, it makes the perfect party snack. You can also customize the color to coordinate with an event theme, such as red cinnamon-flavored popcorn for a Valentine's Day soiree, or orange cheese- and dark-chocolate flavored popcorn for a Halloween bash. You can either make the popcorn yourself or buy if pre-flavored from a gourmet retailer.
When it comes to serving the delicious treat, you can fill large bowls with the individual flavors and place them on a long buffet-style table. Give the guests small bowls or paper bags and have them choose their favorite flavors. Another creative way of serving popcorn is by placing it into colorful paper cones, and then standing them up in basket. Write the guests' names on the cones as party favors.
In addition to traditional caramel-, cheese- and butter-flavored popcorn, you can also find the snack in unique sweet and savory flavors such as grape, cinnamon sugar, cherry, lemon and lime. For kids' birthday parties, fill ice cream cake cones with the popcorn as easy-to-eat snacks.
2. Decor and Crafts
If you find yourself with more popcorn than you can eat, incorporate the fluffy kernels into kid-friendly craft projects. As one idea, help children string the kernels onto fishing line using a needle to create a old-fashioned Christmas tree garland.
You can also transform orange cheese-, yellow butter- and red cinnamon-flavored popcorn into an autumn-inspired craft by gluing them onto a hand-drawn picture of a tree as leaves.
During the spring time, draw a picture of a lamb on a piece of construction paper and glue plain white popcorn onto it as the animal's fluffy fur.