Popcorn and movies go hand in hand and generally make for a foolproof Friday night. And as we get ready to find out who will be awarded the Best Movie of 2016 during the upcoming Academy Awards, it only makes sense (in my brain) to pair flavored popcorn with Best Picture nominees to crush your Oscar party.
I scoured the internet and my favorite cookbooks for some delicious popcorn options and I’m so excited to present them to you today. Here are the 9 Best Picture nominees and popcorn flavor pairings with links to the original recipes. I’ve adjusted and put my own twist on several of these that I mention in the descriptions below.
9 Best Picture Nominees and Popcorn Flavor Pairings
Homemade Caramel Popcorn
A few of these recipes use caramel popcorn as the base. To make homemade caramel popcorn melt 4 tablespoons of butter with ½ cup of light brown sugar. Toss over popcorn and sprinkle with sea salt. To harden, bake at 300 degrees for about 40 minutes, then cool completely.
Best Picture Nominee and Popcorn Pairings
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Arrival & Galaxy Popcorn
I could not wait to try out galaxy popcorn and I knew it had to represent one of our two space movies. It has edible silver stars in it for heaven’s sake! (Who knew that was even a thing?!) It was so easy to coat my popcorn in black candy melts, drizzle blue and lavender melted candy over the top and then sprinkle with the edible stars. This one looks so cool and tastes amazing! I’ll definitely be playing more with candy melts and edible stars in the future.
Fences & Homemade “Cracker Jacks”
The only thing that goes together more than popcorn and movies are Baseball and Cracker Jacks. It’s a classic treat and this recipe does not disappoint. Adding maple syrup to the mixtures gives a yummy flavor twist on traditional caramel corn.
Hacksaw Ridge & Rocky Road Popcorn
I picked Rocky Road for Hacksaw Ridge as this story about Desmond Doss is a rocky one. Get it?! My son says that’s a total Dad joke. I’ll take it. This treat redeems any bad puns that I serve alongside it. Combine vanilla and kosher salt with butter to coat your popcorn. Then add chocolate chips and marshmallows to your popcorn. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 2 minutes to get everything gooey and melted. YUM!
Hell or High Water & Buffalo Ranch Popcorn
If you are looking for a snack with bold Texas flavor, this is the popcorn for you. It was the unanimous hit in our home and SO GOOD! Add about 2 teaspoons of Frank’s Buffalo Sauce to 4 tablespoons of melted butter and toss over your popcorn. Sprinkle with powdered ranch dressing (or use the scratch version recommended in the recipe) before serving.
It was about this point that I discovered my error in wanting to do this popcorn post.
So much popcorn!
Let’s do a little math to get a picture of what I was experiencing. I made up a quarter batch of each popcorn flavor… about 4 cups. Multiply that by the 9 Best Picture options and I’m clocking in with a MINIMUM of 36 cups of popcorn.
Just hanging out for the snacking.
What have I done?!
But what can I say… I’m dedicated to you and this space, so let’s pop on!
Hidden Figures & Potato Chip Caramel Popcorn
Hidden Figures is about 3 brilliant women that worked together to help achieve one amazing outcome. I chose a popcorn that included 3 of my favorite snack elements for one stellar treat. If you can’t find chocolate covered potato chips, hand dip your own. Once the chips have cooled and hardened, combine with homemade caramel popcorn and broken pretzel sticks. Chocolate…check, crunchy…check, salty & sweet…check, out of this world popcorn…CHECK!
La La Land & Tuxedo Popcorn
Guys… I really struggled with this selection because, as one commentator put it, La La Land is a love letter to Los Angeles. Having grown-up in LA, the city has a very special place in my heart and I wanted to pick a popcorn pairing that would do it justice. The pressure was VERY real! I went with Tuxedo Popcorn, because LA (or Hollywood) is the Land of spectacular gowns and tuxedo’s. Drizzle melted white chocolate and dark chocolate over homemade caramel popcorn for an old school Hollywood dessert.
Lion & Curry Popcorn
This recipe is sweet and exotic. Mix raisins and pistachios into curry infused butter before drizzling over your popcorn. It’s a flavor explosion that’s perfect for movie night. This one is really interesting and if you like curry, you’ve gotta try it.
Manchester by the Sea with Sea Salt & Vinegar Popcorn
My current snack obsession is sea salt & vinegar almonds so I knew I just had to try something similar to pair with Manchester by the Sea. To be honest, I wasn’t sure the technique for making this flavor combo would work, but it totally does! Mix ¼ cup of malt vinegar with 2 teaspoons of kosher salt in a spray bottle. Shake to dissolve the salt and then spray your popcorn. So easy!
Moonlight & Chicago Popcorn
Moonlight takes place in Miami, but because the movie captures the life story of a young man in 3 acts, I knew I wanted to go with Chicago Popcorn… Caramel, Butter, & Cheddar combined into one tasty treat. There are lots of recipes for cheddar popcorn, but I have yet to find one that has the flavor impact that manufactured, store bought cheddar popcorn does so I opted for this shortcut. Make up the homemade caramel popcorn, classic buttered popcorn, and add white cheddar popcorn for a delicious combo of salty and sweet.
That’s it! 9 Best Picture nominees and 9 incredible popcorn flavors. All more scrumptious and interesting than the last. And my house smells like Christmas with butter and sugar filling the air. Watching the Academy Awards is going to be so delicious!
Which movie popcorn flavor combination is your favorite? Which popcorn recipe are you eager to try? Which movie are you hoping will win on Oscar Sunday? Let me know your picks in the comments section.