7 Exceptional Popcorn Toppings

Whether you like it slightly sweet or super spicy, we've got the perfect toppings for your popcorn

If you’re planning on watching the Oscars this weekend, it also might be a good idea to plan out your popcorn. You can never go wrong with a little butter and salt, but why stop there? Make your popcorn as extravagant as all those Oscars dresses. If you’re looking for spice, try giving your popcorn a kimchi kick, or a little citrus, chile, and chocolate. And, of course, there are always the classics, like a good caramel corn. Try our 7 perfect popcorn toppings to take your Oscar viewing party (or any party, for that matter) to the next level.

Citrusy Chile-Chocolate Popcorn

Orange zest lends depth to this sweet popcorn topping, inspired by the chile-chocolate flavors of Mexican hot chocolate.

Creamy Coconut Caramel Corn

A smooth sauce made from sweetened condensed milk finds a textural counterpoint in nutty toasted coconut atop classic caramel corn.

Savory Kimchi-Nori Popcorn

A mix of intensely umami Asian flavors makes this popcorn heartier than most. Great as a snack, try it also as a side dish or as part of an appetizer spread.

Maple-Bacon Popcorn

Smoky bacon, sweet maple, and a kick of black pepper make for an entirely addictive bowl of popcorn. Get the recipe for Maple-Bacon Popcorn »

Mexican Corn-on-the-Cob Popcorn

Inspired by the flavors of elote, Mexican corn on the cob, this popcorn topping mixes bright lime zest with spicy chile and salty cheese.

Classic Caramel Corn

Crunchy, sweet homemade caramel corn can be made even better with the addition of nuts or chocolate chips. This recipe first appeared in our Jan/Feb 2013 issue along with our article Caramel Corn. Get the recipe for Classic Caramel Corn »

White Truffle-Pistachio Caramel Corn

This decadent take on caramel corn is a no-holds-barred combination of earthy white truffles, salty pistachios, and rich caramel. See the recipe for White Truffle-Pistachio Caramel Corn »