It’s time for a movie and your favorite snack – popcorn! However, as much as you love it, you’re wanting to jazz it up a little. Throw in a few candies and voilà – a popcorn mix in! There are hundreds of popcorn mix ideas to try. Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites.
Popcorn Mix-In Ideas
Sweet, salty, or a mix of both? Whatever flavor of popcorn you choose just might determine which way you swing when it comes to mix-ins! Will it be adding a little something sweet to your salty popcorn, or will you add to the sweetness with extra sugary goodness?
Savory Popcorn Mix-In Ideas
If your popcorn is plain or salted, you may want to add a few savory items into the mix. You could try:
- Melted butter
- Mini pretzels
- Spicy peanut
- Wasabi peas
- Bombay mix
- Cashew nuts
- Honey sesame sticks
- Corn nuts
- Cheese crackers
- Fish crackers
- Sunflower seeds
- Parmesan Cheese
- Crushed chips like Doritos
Sweet Popcorn Mix-In Ideas
For those of us that like the sweeter things in life, there’s nothing better than choosing a selection of sweet and delicious mix-ins for popcorn. Why not add one or more of the following:
- Gummy bears
- Mini marshmallows
- Chocolate raisins
- Chocolate almonds
- Dried apricots
- Dried cranberries
- Mini cookies
- Chocolate chips
- Graham’s crackers
- Chocolate candies
- Caramel candy
- Brown sugar
- White chocolate drops
What Can You Mix with Popcorn?
When it comes to what you can mix with popcorn, the list is pretty much endless. Sometimes it’s a case of raiding the larder and looking through your cupboards to see what delicious combinations you can come up with. Some will work, and you’ll feel like you discovered the best combo ever. Others may not – but experimenting is all part of the fun.
If you’re stuck for ideas, you may need a little popcorn mix in inspiration. Why not have a read of a few of our favorite popcorn mix-in combos to try?
Perfect Popcorn Mix-In Idea Combo To Try
If you’re stuck for inspiration about a perfect popcorn mix in combination, stop right there! We’ve got some great combinations to suggest for you to try.
We really like this one: Pizza Popcorn from Delish! You’ll need some light butter popcorn, butter, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, oregano, a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, and some chopped pepperoni.
Once you’ve popped the popcorn, add the rest of the ingredients to the bag and give it all a mix and a shake. Voilà – perfect pizza popcorn! It gives a whole new meaning to Friday night being pizza night!
You’ve heard of cinema-sweet popcorn, but what about cinnamon sweet? A sugary glaze, a touch of spice… what’s not to like on a cold winter’s night? Grab some light brown sugar, butter, double cream, ground cinnamon, and your popcorn – you’re almost ready to go! Get the full recipe here.
The Healthy Popcorn Mix-In Option
If you’re thinking about getting some extra goodness into your diet and you’re avoiding sugary popcorn mix-ins, this trail popcorn mix is a great combination of savory and sweetness for when you’ve got hunger pangs.
You’ll need popcorn kernels, rapeseed oil, raisins, whole almonds (preferably with skins on), and some puffed wheat. Once your popcorn’s popped, add in the extra ingredients. You’ll find the whole delicious recipe here. You could always add other combinations of dried fruits to your mix, such as coconut or apricots, to change things up a little.
Mexican Mix-In Popcorn Recipe
If you’re wanting something a little off the wall, our original Mexican Mix In Popcorn could be just what you’re looking for. It’ll give added crunch, zing, and a touch of heat to your palate. This is more of a dish than a typical popcorn mix-in, but you’re sure to love it! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Plain popped popcorn
- Tortilla chips
- Chopped fresh red chilis or chili flakes (whichever you prefer)
- Spring onion
- Sour cream
- Finely grated cheese (optional)
- Lime wedges (for an added garnish)
When you put this mix together, especially if you’re serving it to guests, it’s probably best to keep all the ingredients prepared and separated into small dishes, a bit like if you were hosting a fajita night. A mini popcorn bar on a serving platter is a good idea. This way, people can mix up their Mexican popcorn in whichever way they please. You can throw in some chilis, spring onions, tortilla chips and cheese and give it a good old mix.
However, we’d recommend doing it this way, especially if you want to make a night of it:
- Place your popped popcorn in a large serving bowl. Freshly popped warm popcorn works best here.
- Break up or crush some tortilla chips and mix them in with the popcorn (your favorite Doritos would do, but we find plain salted ones work best).
- Finely chop your chilis and spring onions and sprinkle this on top of your popcorn mix. Give it another mix!
- Add a generous dollop of guacamole on the side and drizzle some sour cream over the top.
- Sprinkle some grated cheese on the top if you wish.
- Add a couple of lime wedges on the side – they make it pretty if nothing else!
We’re sure you’ll love this unique Mexican popcorn treat. You could always change it up a bit by finely grating some lime zest over the top or using Mexico cotija cheese instead of your regular choice.
Banana Split Mix In Recipe
Who doesn’t love a banana split? For this mix-in, you’ll need some dried banana chips and chocolate chips. Some chocolate or toffee sauce is a good addition too. Get some popcorn (plain or sweet works best here!) and mix in your dried banana chips and chocolate chips. Next, add the sauce of choice – we like chocolate, but toffee, fudge, strawberry or even a dollop of Nutella works well. The sauce can be drizzled liberally over the top of the popcorn or mixed in too, whichever takes your fancy.
To finish it off, why not sprinkle on some desiccated coconut or add a dollop of whipped cream? Oh, and don’t forget the cherry on the top!
The Take-Away on Delicious Popcorn Mix-In Ideas
Will it be pepper and pretzels, cinnamon and spice, or almonds and avocado? Or how about a ‘dinner’ of Mexican popcorn fajitas with banana split for dessert? Whatever your combination, mixing it up with your choice of delicious popcorn mix-ins is all part of the fun. If you find a combination that’s to die for, why not let us know? We’re always interested in new flavor combinations and ideas!