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Easy Homemade Popcorn Seasoning

Making homemade popcorn seasoning is so much easier than you would think. Today I’m showing you how to make 7 of my favorite popcorn flavors, from herby ranch to gingerbread!

Homemade popcorn seasoning in 7 flavors with labels on a marble background

The day I learned that popcorn is a whole grain was a pretty big day. Suddenly my favorite mindless-munching snack was a healthy one, and let’s just say I ate a lot of popcorn after that discovery. But while many store bought flavored popcorns are loaded with butter and sugar, you can make your own homemade popcorn seasoning at home that’s healthier (and cheaper!) than the store bought stuff.

How to make flavor stick to homemade popcorn

There are a few ways to make the seasonings really stick to the popcorn. I always like to spray the popcorn lightly with either flavorless or olive oil (depending if I want the olive flavor to shine through, like in the savory seasoning recipes). Simply spray or drizzle the oil over the popcorn and toss to coat the whole batch. Then sprinkle on your seasoning and toss once more for evenly coated popcorn.

Another way to ensure your seasonings stick is to swap out regular sugar for powdered sugar in the sweet recipes. This light sugar will coat each kernel without all sinking to the bottom. Ready to get popping?

Homemade popcorn seasoning in 7 flavors on a white wood background

Savory Popcorn Recipes

Ranch Popcorn Seasoning: ½ tsp dried dill, ½ tsp dried chives, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper

Making homemade popcorn seasoning is so much easier than you would think. Today I’m showing you how to make 7 of my favorite flavors, from herby ranch to gingerbread!

Dorito Popcorn Seasoning: 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp cumin, ¼ tsp paprika, ¼ tsp chili powder, ¼ tsp salt

Making homemade popcorn seasoning is so much easier than you would think. Today I’m showing you how to make 7 of my favorite flavors, from herby ranch to gingerbread!

Taco Popcorn Seasoning: 1 Tbsp taco seasoning, 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast

Making homemade popcorn seasoning is so much easier than you would think. Today I’m showing you how to make 7 of my favorite flavors, from herby ranch to gingerbread!

Coconut Curry Popcorn Seasoning: 1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut, ½ tsp curry powder, ¼ tsp salt

Making homemade popcorn seasoning is so much easier than you would think. Today I’m showing you how to make 7 of my favorite flavors, from herby ranch to gingerbread!

Sweet Popcorn Recipes

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn Seasoning: 2 Tbsp powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp salt

Making homemade popcorn seasoning is so much easier than you would think. Today I’m showing you how to make 7 of my favorite flavors, from herby ranch to gingerbread!

Gingerbread Popcorn Seasoning: 1 ½ Tbsp powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground cloves

Making homemade popcorn seasoning is so much easier than you would think. Today I’m showing you how to make 7 of my favorite flavors, from herby ranch to gingerbread!

Mexican Chocolate Popcorn Seasoning: 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 Tbsp powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp salt, pinch of cayenne pepper

Making homemade popcorn seasoning is so much easier than you would think. Today I’m showing you how to make 7 of my favorite flavors, from herby ranch to gingerbread!
Making homemade popcorn seasoning is so much easier than you would think. Today I’m showing you how to make 7 of my favorite flavors, from herby ranch to gingerbread!

Easy Homemade Popcorn Seasoning

Making homemade popcorn seasoning is so much easier than you would think. Today I’m showing you how to make 7 of my favorite flavors, from herby ranch to gingerbread!
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Course: Snacks
Keyword: popcorn, popcorn seasoning
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion: Christmas, Game Day, Halloween
Time: 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 8 mins
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Sarah Bond
4.75 from 20 votes

INGREDIENTS

Pick a Seasoning
  • Ranch: ½ tsp dried dill, ½ tsp dried chives, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper
  • Cinnamon Sugar: 2 Tbsp powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp salt
  • Gingerbread: 1 ½ Tbsp powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • Coconut Curry: 1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut, ½ tsp curry powder, ¼ tsp salt
  • Dorito: 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp cumin, ¼ tsp paprika, ¼ tsp chili powder, ¼ tsp salt
  • Mexican Chocolate: 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder,1 Tbsp powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp salt, pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Taco: 1 Tbsp taco seasoning, 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
Base
  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 tsp oil 5 mL

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix: In a small bowl, combine the ingredients to your seasoning of choice.
  • Pop: Prepare popcorn in either the microwave or traditionally on the stove. Spray or drizzle oil onto popcorn, tossing to evenly coat.
  • Serve: Sprinkle seasoning over popcorn and toss to coat once more. Serve warm.

NOTES

These seasonings are also great on oven-baked or air fried kale chips!
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  1. Dave says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Great ideas! I’m curious about the nutritional yeast which I never heard of. Is that a filler of some sort to add some bulk to the seasoning? Does it have a flavor?

    Thanks!

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Dave! Oh gosh, I’m so excited to have the honor of introducing you to nutritional yeast. I did an article all about it here, but in short it adds cheesy / eggy / creamy / savory flavor while being full of vitamins (especially B12, which isn’t usually found in vegan foods). I use it to add flavor to all sorts of dishes, but its texture, which is a bit flaky, makes it perfect for popcorn seasoning!

  2. Madalene says:

    I tried the Doritos recipes and it was a big hit! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful recipes.

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear, Madalene! 😀

  3. Lisa Wilson says:

    These sound delish! So my question is about the nutritional yeast as well. If you aren’t vegan, can you leave it out?

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Lisa! You can leave it out (or substitute it for parmesan), but it’s actually a really nice flavor (for vegans and non-vegans alike!). Enjoy 😀

  4. Sally says:

    That Dorito flavour is amazzzinng! We load it on our buttered popcorn. I quadruple the recipe each time as I’m addicted. Thanks for the recipe 🙂 i usually dont even like nutritional yeast much5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      YAY! So happy to hear it, Sally! 😀

  5. Jaci says:

    Enjoyed the Gingerbread Seasoning this evening. YUM Will definitely mix up more for the future. Looking forward to trying the Mexican Chocolate next.

    One of our favorites is Cinnamon Popcorn. I pop the corn in an organic non-flavored coconut oil – enough to make 8 or so cups. I then melt additional coconut oil to use as “butter”. The seasoning is a rounded teaspoon of Vietnamese (Penzey’s is my favorite) cinnamon, a packet of Stevia, and a good pinch of salt.

    Thanks for the recipes!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear it, Jaci! 😀 Sounds delicious with the coconut oil!

  6. Winta Mehari says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for posting the recipes! I am exploring some healthy popcorn seasonings. Did you know what the nutritional values are for these seasonings by any chance? Thanks!

    1. Sarah says:

      That’s a great question, Winta! Because spices generally have such little nutritional values, I didn’t include them. You can more or less expect most of these recipes to have about 40 calories (6g carbs, 1g protein, 1 g fat), along with whatever sodium from salt you might add. And if you add nutritional yeast, that will improve the nutritional profile a bit.

  7. Jillian says:

    So far I’ve tried the ranch and Mexican chocolate. Both have been perfect as is!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear it, Jillian! Happy popping!

  8. Gemma says:

    OMG!! I’m so exited that I found such great recipes. I made the cinnamon sugar, the Mexican chocolate, and the Doritos. they were all soooooooooooo good and i’m looking forward to making these recipes again. thanks so much!!!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear it, Gemma!

  9. Liz says:

    Hey there, these recipes look amazing. Wondering if these can be stored in jars if I make bulk quantities. Have never used the yeast and not sure of it’s shelf life.

    1. Sarah says:

      Yea they should all be shelf stable for a while! Nutritional yeast will be good for a long time at room temp (I keep it for up to a year).

  10. Mike says:

    Hello, Could the sugars be substituted with Splenda for those who are diabetic? Thank you

    1. Sarah says:

      Yep that would be fine with this recipe! 😀

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