Can anyone truly enjoy a night at the movies or a night Netflixing without a large bowl of popcorn? I know I can't. There is just something about popcorn and a movie. I prefer to avoid the microwaved popcorn and especially the popcorn at the movie theater. Then one day the popcorn gods shined upon me when our product development team introduced butter-flavored coconut oil.
This is by far my favorite way to use our new butter-flavored coconut oil. It's as simple as making stovetop popcorn, drizzling the melted coconut oil and sprinkling sea salt on top. I can't get enough. I haven't even mentioned the BEST part of using coconut oil instead of butter. It's the health benefits. Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years in tropical cultures and is a great source of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides). MCTs are a form of a saturated fatty acid that is stored as energy instead of fat in the body and supports a healthy brain and heart. I'll take another spoonful, please! It also contains lauric acid and caprylic acid that are converted into monolaurin, which has been studied for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
Before you say, "I don't want the coconut flavor on my popcorn," I should mention that our butter-flavored coconut oil has NO coconut flavor or odor, so the only thing you will taste is a rich, buttery flavor. It tastes like movie-theater popcorn. In the world of coconut oil, this is where we drop the mic.
I love shopping at local spice stores like the Savory Spice Shop in Portland to find new spice blends for my popcorn. If you want to spice up your popcorn game even more, then I've got some delicious suggestions for you.
1. A while back I was feeling adventurous and sprinkled some curry powder into my bowl of popcorn. It was SO scrumptious.
2. A tangy option is to mix in Lemon-Pepper with the butter flavored coconut oil. It's delighful.
3. I'll admit it. I have a big sweet tooth. I love melting 1/4 cup of dark chocolate, drizzling it on top, followed by a sprinkling of cinnamon and then mixed all together you have some serious popcorn YUM going on.
Do you have a secret popcorn recipe you'd like to share?