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Ranch Flavored Popcorn

Posted in: Snacks, American, Birthday, Super Bowl, Tailgating, Vegetables,


America’s love affair with popcorn is rumored to date all the way back to the colonial era, when Native Americans first introduced British colonists to the delicious and healthy snack. Go back farther, and you will discover that popcorn has been a well-enjoyed snack for about 4,000 years. Popcorn itself is a kind of corn that expands and puffs when heated. Over the years, popping technology has evolved dramatically; now, most people make popcorn from generic microwavable popcorn bags. Some, however, still find that popping corn on a stovetop is both healthier and more authentic.

Jancey, the Hoosier Chef from Indiana, a large popcorn producer, demonstrates an easy and natural way to cook popcorn, a snack that usually has only 55 calories without butter and around 100 with. After heating oil in a saucepan, add in the kernels and shake. The shaking of the pan along with the hot oil will pop the kernels and cook them evenly, so they do not burn. A spice mixture of old bay seasoning, dehydrated ranch dressing, garlic powder and sugar dresses up the popcorn, turning a simple snack into a healthy treat to bring to any party. This recipe makes enough spice mixture to sprinkle over two servings of popcorn so use half now and save the other half for a rainy day.


Ranch Flavored Popcorn

1 tablespoon oil

1/8 cup corn kernels

1 tablespoon dehydrated ranch dressing

1 tablespoon old bay seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon granulated sugar

¼ teaspoon oil (for seasoning)


1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat.

2. Add corn kernels to the pan, and shake frequently.  Cover the kernels with a lid. 

3. Once kernels begin to pop, continue to shake, and keep on the heat until popping slows.  

4. Move the popcorn to a large bowl. 

5. In a small bowl, combine spices;:old bay, garlic powder, sugar, ranch, and ¼ teaspoon oil. 

6. Mix the spices together until well incorporated. 

7. Sprinkle the spice on the popcorn and serve.  Makes enough spice mix for two servings of popcorn, so any extra can be saved for a later date.

About The Cook

Jancey SmithInspired by the movie Julie and Julia and encouraged by her family, Jancey Smith began blogging and writing food columns over two years ago. By day she is a graphic designer and print coordi

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