Exotic Popcorn Recipes Sure to Mess With Your Taste Buds

We’re crazy for popcorn. In fact, it may even be our favorite snack. It may be the best snack period. And though we’ll be perfectly satisfied chowing down on some regular salted or buttered or salted and buttered popcorn, we’re totally down to get freaky with it and try a more exotic popcorn recipe. The thing with popcorn is that it works with a surprisingly wide array of unusual ingredients. So, we scavenged the sprawling badlands of online cooking sites in search of the ultimate outlandish popcorn. Here’s what we found.


Crunchy Insta-Ramen Popcorn


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Let’s go back, way back. Back to the days of freshman year of college when our bodies absolutely despised us. Well, guess what, we’re going in for another round of instant-ramen-McGayverism: Soak a few packages of ramen noodles (keep the flavor packets on the side for now), fry the noodles in a single layer until they’re crisp, and then drain them. Break those bad boys into pieces and serve them with your freshly made popcorns and the flavor packets you set aside. (You do know where you left them, don’t you?)


Butter Curry Popcorn


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So just take a huge stick of butter much bigger than you feel comfortable eating. Okay, now take another one just as big and throw them into a pan. Chill for a second as you let them slowly melt over a low flame (this would be a great time to woefully contemplate the copious amounts of butter you’re about to ingest). Now it’s time to get groovy: Add some raisins, pistachios, a tablespoon of curry powder, and heck you could even add some apples and soy sauce if you’re going for Japanese curry corn or some Sriracha if you feel like adding some heat. Let it all cook for a few minutes and add it to your popcorn with some salt (if you did choose to add soy, please note that soy is already incredibly salty, so don’t overdo it with the extra salt).


Sticky Marshmallow Corn



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We’re about to get nasty. Melt eight cups of mini marshmallows in any color, add a few tablespoons of butter with half a cup of sugar, and, if you have any, some corn syrup. While everything’s dissolving into one primordial soup of buttery, sugary singularity on your saucepan, just muster up as much of that incredible aroma as you possibly can. Once everything’s all nice and gooey, throw it on a bowl of popcorn with, you guessed it, a bit of salt.



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