When it comes to summer entertaining, popcorn is a casual, easy-to-make and inexpensive snack.
“It’s versatile. Your guests can season it to suit their tastes,” said Wendy Boersema-Rappel, spokeswoman for the Chicago-based Popcorn Board, a nonprofit funded by U.S. popcorn processors.
Consider, for example, creating a popcorn bar at a backyard party.
“Pop up a big batch of popcorn, put it in a large bucket and set out containers with a variety of candies, fruits, nuts and seasonings for guests,” Boersema-Rappel said.
Add-ins might include M&M’s, gummy candies, pretzels, peanuts, cashews, raisins, dates, coconut flakes, dried banana chips, granola or cereal pieces. Toppings to consider: brown sugar-cinnamon, garlic salt, parmesan cheese, lemon pepper, cumin, thyme or taco or barbecue seasoning.
The seasonings can be sprinkled on dry, or mixed with butter or buttery spray for better adhesion.
To further dress up popcorn served to guests, think about putting it in unusual or festive containers.