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Pepped Up Popcorn

Pepped Up Popcorn
PREP TIME
5 min
COOK TIME
5 min
YIELDS
2 servings

Popcorn is a fiber-rich whole grain that, with a couple easy additions, is a great snack for lunchboxes or anytime.

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Ingredients

Cheesy Popcorn

1
(3.5-oz) pkg natural microwave popcorn (not the buttered kind)
1
Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2
Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan
Kosher salt

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn

2
Tbsp dark brown sugar
1
Tbsp unsalted butter
½
tsp chili powder
1
(3.5-oz) pkg natural microwave popcorn (not the buttered kind) , popped

Rocky Road Popcorn

1
(3.5-oz) pkg natural microwave popcorn (not the buttered kind)
1
cup mini or regular chocolate chips
2
cups mini marshmallows
1
cup salted peanuts (optional)
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Directions

Step 1

Pop the popcorn according to package instructions. While hot, carefully open package and dump into a large bowl. Drizzle oil over the popcorn, and toss the popcorn with your hands to coat. Add the cheese and toss again. Season, to taste, with salt. Cool. Transfer to a sealed container and tuck in a lunch box.

Step 2

Put the sugar, butter, and chili powder in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on medium (50 percent power) until butter melts, about 1 minute. Stir to dissolve sugar. Drizzle over freshly popped popcorn; and toss to evenly coat. Cool. Transfer to a sealed container and tuck in a lunch box.

Step 3

Pop the popcorn according to package instructions. While it’s still hot, carefully open and dump into a large bowl. Add the chips and marshmallows.

Step 4

Return popcorn to the microwave. Cook on high until the chips and marshmallows get gooey, about 1 minute. Add the peanuts, if desired, and toss with a spoon until all the popcorn is coated. Cool until chocolate hardens, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a sealed container and tuck in a lunch box.

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