TV Tuesday #33: Hassle Free Holiday Snack: Perfect Holiday Popcorn

 You may not think of this as a snack to set out for guests but I urge you to give it a try. I was introduced to this fabulous popcorn recipe at a funky restaurant in Victoria called The Superior (which we love) and I swooned. As we waited for our meal they brought the tastiest popcorn I had ever had.

I know, you’re probably thinking “Popcorn, really?” But it makes perfect sense. It’s light, so it’s not too filling and won’t spoil the meal. It’s also a much healthier version than caramel corn, and much easier on the waistline than a cheese platter or hor d’oeuvres. It’s also gluten free, dairy free and it’s spiced perfectly for the fall and winter.  It’s also very inexpensive and super easy to make.

Now if I do nothing else today, I hope to convince all of you that are still making toxic microwave popcorn to switch over to a whole food version. Once you see how easy and simple it is to make, there will be no reason to pay big money for a simple inexpensive organic ingredient, that doesn’t take much more time than it’s microwave counter part. And the flavors in this popcorn will surprise you.

I’ll also show you one little trick to making perfect popcorn every time. Check it out…

This is our new spice mix that we “stole” from The Superior, but feel free to use any combo of spices that float your boat. I do hope you’ll give this addictive combination a try.

Note: The spray bottle has olive oil in it, but feel free to fill your bottle with an oil you like. I used a tablespoon of coconut oil in the pot since I can’t get enough of it. I usually make a 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels at a time, but adjust according to the size of your group.

You can also buy organic popcorn kernels to avoid buying gmo corn.

Anis and Fennel Popcorn Spice

Inspired by The Superior Spiced Popcorn

Using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, grind the fennel seeds and anis seeds. Add the salt and stir until well combined. Sprinkle on warm, freshly popped corn.


I’m sharing this with Mangia Mondays, Monday Mania, My Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.

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21 Responses to TV Tuesday #33: Hassle Free Holiday Snack: Perfect Holiday Popcorn

  1. Ellen November 27, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Can’t wait to try this. I’m a big fan of popcorn. One of my favorites is to add a tablespoon of sugar after I add the corn – turn the heat down a bit – popping takes longer, but the results are amazing – add salt and the popcorn is somewhere between a snack and a dessert!

  2. Yolanda Ott Breidenbaugh November 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    What kind of oil is in your pump?

    • France Morissette November 28, 2012 at 2:16 am #

      Hi Yolanda, I use olive oil in my pump, but you could use anything you like. I like the flavor of olive oil and it’s a great way of eating it without heating and denaturing it. I use coconut oil in the pot to cook it since it can handle the heat.

  3. Verdungal November 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Before I even read this. I am thinking is this organic corn or GMO and what kind of oil is used.

    • France Morissette November 28, 2012 at 2:15 am #

      I use coconut oil in the video to cook the popcorn and the corn is non gmo. Buy organic if you’re not certain what you’re buying.

  4. Pat November 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    my favorite popcorn topping is nutritional yeast
    I also like to mix in a few raisins

  5. Sarah November 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    For sure trying this! Did you use a full or half cup of corn kernels? thanks!

    • France Morissette November 28, 2012 at 2:13 am #

      Hi Sarah, I usually make a 1/3 cup if I’m sharing, a 1/4 cup if I’m not. I know the math doesn’t seem right, but it’s because I usually eat the lion’s share.

  6. GM November 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I love Love popcorn too. That seasoning sounds so delish.

    Not sure though if organic popcorn means its non-gmo.

    • France Morissette November 28, 2012 at 2:12 am #

      Hi GM, By definition, vegetables can’t be labelled organic if they are gmo. Good to know when at the store.

    • Carolyn H November 28, 2012 at 2:20 am #

      Organic = non GMO.

  7. Shelley Alexander November 28, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    Hi France, I do love organic popcorn too and I make mine in a big pot with coconut oil. One of my favorite toppings is melted pastured butter and himalayan sea salt. I will have to make your version with the anise seeds and fennel. Thanks for sharing!

    • France Morissette November 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      Hi Shelley, Pastured butter and himalayan sea salt is my go too topping before I found this. So delicious…butter and good salt…I’m getting a popcorn craving.

  8. Melinda Parkhurst November 29, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    I love a little pesto or chili powder, garlic powder and nutritional yeast

  9. Jeanette Chen November 29, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    I love using coconut oil for popcorn – your spice mix sounds like a nice changeup!

  10. Miz Helen December 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    This is one of my favorites, I love your seasons! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. Amber Husten December 3, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    Oh France, I was smiling ear to ear at this video!! You’re so damn adorable. LOVE the hair lady – looking foxy.

    Okay, so…I am SO with you on the popcorn. I also love it, however, it’s like the biggest no-no with Crohn’s Disease. Such a bummer. But when I did eat it, I loved the salty sweet combo. I would add salt, garlic grans, and a drizzle of warm honey with some oil over the entire thing.

    And I can’t agree more about those disgusting bags of popcorn. So terrible.

    Thanks for sharing this great treat I really wanted to reach into the computer screen!

    • France Morissette December 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      Ooh!Amber, I’m going to have to try that. Warm honey and salt on popcorn. Swoon!

    • beyondthepeel December 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

      Thanks for that lovely compliment! :) Sorry you can’t eat popcorn any more. What are your favorite snacks now?

  12. Annette January 6, 2013 at 1:42 am #

    I just finally tried this! I got two popcorn poppers for Christmas. It is now a new favorite but it is competing with truffle oil and nutritional yeast.

    Thanks for this.

    • France Morissette January 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

      Hard to compete with truffle oil Annette. Sounds delightful. Truffled popcorn and pinot noir anyone? Yummy!

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