Popcorn Party: Machines + Recipes for a Tasty Treat

Did you know that Americans consume more than 16 billion quarts of popcorn a year? I didn’t either. Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories with air popped popcorn containing just 31 calories per cup and oil-popped just 55 calories. Popcorn is really simple to make on the stove, with a machine, or an air-popper, but I bet you didn’t know that you could bid and win a variety of different machines on DealDash or great recicpes to make popcorn taste even better, now did you? (If you did, tell us!).

One recipe I stumbled upon recently comes from a lady who lives in a treehouse down in Miami. I saw Shawnee’s Popcorn being sold in a Whole Food’s in Sarasota, FL and here’s what’s in it. “Our popcorn is full of nutrients and minerals, and it leaves you wanting more just because it tastes so good and your body is feeling happy!”

Green Thumb Popcorn ingredients so you can make your own nutrition-packed, healthy popcorn at home:

Organic popcorn- air popped or cooked on the stove in coconut oil. Then tossed with organic sunflower oil, organic spirulina, nutritional yeast, Sea salt, organic garlic powder, organic cayenne powder, organic kelp powder, organic beet powder, organic carrot powder.
Ranch Popcorn
 Melt 4 tablespoons butter with a 1-ounce packet ranch seasoning mix; toss with 16 cups hot popcorn and 2 tablespoons chopped chives. Season with salt.
Toss 16 cups hot popcorn with 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary and 2 teaspoons kosher salt.
Peanut Butter
Heat 1 cup honey and 3/4 cup sugar over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup peanut butter and 1 teaspoon each vanilla extract and kosher salt until smooth; pour over 16 cups hot popcorn and 2 cups peanuts and toss. Spread on baking sheets and let cool.
Cinnamon Sugar
Drizzle 6 tablespoons melted butter over 12 cups hot popcorn; toss with 4 cups cinnamon cereal (such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch), 1/3 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

Kettle Corn
Mix 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a small bowl; set aside. Heat a few popcorn kernels in 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat until one pops. Add 3/4 cup popcorn kernels and cover. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally, until the popcorn starts rapidly popping. Crack the lid open and pour in the sugar mixture. Cover and cook, shaking the pot, until the popping subsides.

Heat 1 cup each peanuts and dried arbol chiles, 1/2 cup each peanut oil, sesame seeds and Szechuan peppercorns, and 4 teaspoons each sugar and kosher salt in a large skillet over medium heat until the nuts and chiles are toasted, 4 minutes; pour over 16 cups hot popcorn. Toss with 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil.

Birthday Cake Batter Popcorn
6 cups popped pop corn, 1 1/2 cups or so almond bark (or white chocolate), melted, 1 cup cake batter mix,
1/4 cup butter, assorted sprinkles

Check out the HUGE variety of popcorn related items up for auction on DealDash:
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The Nostalgia Electrics Vintage Collection offers a wide array of classy vintage popcorn makers in both tabletop and cart styles.  
The Waring Pro WPM10 can make up to 20 cups of popcorn, plus it’s got a halogen heater with built-in stirring system that reduces the amount of oil needed. Large steam vents keep popcorn dry and crispy. Buy it now price is $59.99 on DealDash.
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maxi maticMaxi Matic Popcorn Maker – Buy it now price is $149.99.

This popcorn popper features a 4-oz. kernel capacity that lets you make plenty of popcorn for a large group – 1 1/2 gallon capacity. Plus, the warming tray keeps popcorn warm until you’re ready to serve.

The Nostalgia Electrics Retro Kettle Popcorn maker last sold for $0.59. It has a buy it now price of $72.retro kettle popcorn