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The One Ingredient Everyone's Adding To Their Popcorn

It's the savory topping you never knew your popcorn needed.

It's snack time! You head to the pantry to grab something to hold you over until your next meal, but nothing looks appealing—we can relate. If you're air-popping your popcorn, you're doing it right. It's a healthy snack that's sure to keep you full, but there's no question that without seasonings or toppings it can be super plain. That's probably why you took a quick glance at those un-popped kernels in your pantry and passed them by.

What if we told you if you look at those kernels and picture a plain popcorn snack you're doing it wrong. Instead, look at this air-popped snack as a blank canvas for all of your favorite flavors. It's the seasoning options, if you do them right, that can give your popcorn snack a new life without adding tons of extra calories. Skip the tons of melted butter and salt, and swap them out for everything bagel seasoning. You won't be sorry. (Related: 100 Easiest Recipes You Can Make)

Everything bagel seasoning is the perfect topping for this plain snack.

It's still on trend for a reason. And if you don't have everything bagel seasoning in your pantry already, we have a recipe to make it yourself that won't disappoint. What's not to love about dressing up your popcorn with sesame seeds, flaky sea salt, minced garlic, poppy seeds, and minced onion? It's incredibly simple, even if you don't already have it made, but when you do all you have to do is sprinkle it on once the popcorn is ready! It's that easy.

And just like that, you could be stepping up your snack time flavor game big time. It's the savory addition you definitely need to try. Plus, the online foodie community will back us up! If you're looking for some recipes for everything bagel popcorn, lots of food bloggers have given it a try. One of our favorite recipes that has it ready in less than 5 minutes start to finish is from Katie's Cucina.

If you're looking for something on the sweeter side go with cinnamon sugar.

We know that everyone isn't a fan of savory popcorn, even though it is one of our personal favorites. For something on the sweeter side, going for a cinnamon sugar topping is the move. Again, we're tapping into the power of seasoning with this one—and thankfully it's just as simple as the everything bagel popcorn. So whether you're craving sweet or salty, putting trust in your seasoning options can give that plain air-popped popcorn the boost of flavor it needs, while still remaining relatively healthy.

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Rachel Linder
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