Party Popcorn Bar

Types of Popcorn Seasonings and Toppings | Popcorn Seasonings and Toppings Recipes

With a little imagination, you can create a popcorn bar that is sure to please all of your guests.

One-half cup of unpopped popcorn kernels will make approximately 16 cups of popped popcorn. The popcorn can be made a day ahead of time, but you should store it in airtight containers to preserve freshness. (For information on preparing popcorn, see the article, "Preparing Popcorn on the Stovetop.") Also, the popcorn should not be seasoned until the day of your popcorn party or gathering.

The simplest party popcorn bar will consist of plain popcorn and a variety of seasonings and toppings that guests can use to create their own "gourmet" popcorn.

Types of Popcorn Seasonings and Toppings

Try some of these popcorn dressings, seasonings, toppings,
and popcorn salt for your next popcorn party or gathering.
Powdered Ranch
Dressing Packets
Powdered White
Cheddar Cheese
Powdered Italian Dressing Packets
Parmesan Cheese
and Garlic Salt Mixture
Peanuts, Granola, Raisins, and
Miniature Chocolate Candies
Parmesan Cheese
Prepared Cinnamon Sugar
Cajun Seasoning Salts Garlic Salt
Powdered Chile Pepper Lemon Pepper Salt Powdered Jalapeño

Popcorn Seasonings and Toppings Recipes

Chile Popcorn


  • 16 cups popped popcorn
  • 3 small dried red chile peppers
  • 7 tablespoon margarine
  • 1/4 tablespoon garlic salt
  • Peanuts (optional)


  • If popcorn is cold, heat in oven.

  • Over low heat, melt margarine.

  • Add chile peppers to margarine and cook for 5 minutes.

  • Remove chiles and pour butter over heated popcorn.

  • Season with garlic salt; add peanuts if desired.

Game Day Popcorn


  • 16 cups popped popcorn

  • 2 cups sharp Cheddar
    cheese (shredded)

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 3 teaspoons lemon pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoons Cayenne pepper

  • 3 teaspoons chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • Peanuts (optional)

  • Granola (optional)


  • In a large bowl, combine popcorn, peanuts (optional), granola (optional), and shredded cheese.
  • Over medium heat, melt butter.
  • Add spices to melted butter and stir well.
  • Pour butter and spice mixture over popcorn mixture and toss.

Garlic-cheese Popcorn


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cheddar
    cheese flavored salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 cups popped popcorn (hot)


  • Over low heat, melt butter.

  • Add seasonings and pour over hot popped corn.

  • Garlic-cheese popcorn is best when served warm.

Italian-style Popcorn


  • ½ cup oil (preferably olive oil)

  • 2-8 oz. packages of
    Italian dressing

  • 2 tablespoons of
    lemon juice (optional)

  • 16 cups of popped popcorn


  • Bring oil to a boil in small saucepan.
  • Add lemon juice and Italian dressing packets, stirring constantly.
  • Pour over popcorn and toss.
  • Italian-style popcorn is best when served warm.

Note: For more recipes featuring popcorn, see our selection of Popcorn Recipes.

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