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Episode 509: The Hills are Alive
Better than at the movies!

A night of watching a movie invariably involves a night of eating popcorn. According to Michael Godel from All Our Favourite Foods, popcorn has a very neutral flavour, so it is easy to spruce it up by adding some seasoning to it. Here are 3 great recipes:

East-Asian Seasoned Popcorn (far-left)

These Japanese spices are super tasty (and super strong, so use sparingly!).


  • ¼ tsp wasabi powder
  • ¼ tsp schashimi togarashi powder
  • ¼ tsp zeodor powder
  • ¼ toasted rice powder


In a tiny bowl, mix wasabi, schashimi togarashi, zeodor, and toasted rice powder.

Sprinkle spices over popcorn.

Add salt and fresh pepper to taste.

*Blend all of the spices together before you sprinkle them on the popcorn.

Nutty, Buttered Popcorn (middle):

Many people love to have butter on their popcorn, and this is a nice way to do it.


  • tbsp oil
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup almonds
  • butter
  • chocolate chips (optional)


Heat oil in a saucepan on medium. Add almonds and pecans and allow them to toast for a couple of minutes.

In another saucepan, melt butter on medium heat.

Add butter to nuts, shake it up and toss it over the popcorn.

Add chocolate chips if desired.

*Note: you can use cold popcorn for this recipe because you're adding a hot mixture.

Southern Style Popcorn (far right):

This aromatic, flavourful popcorn involves New Orleans style seasonings.


  • ½ tsp filé powder
  • ¼ tsp New Mexican chili powder
  • (*Cayenne, Molido, and De Albo chili powders also work well).
  • ¼ tsp episote leaves


In a bowl, mix filé powder, New Mexican chili powder, and episote leaves.

Add to popcorn.

Add salt and fresh pepper to taste.

*Michael suggests that with dry spice mixtures, you'll want to sprinkle it onto relatively hot popcorn so that the dry ingredients will adhere to the popcorn.

Whether you make these three great popcorn recipes yourself, or simply place the spices out on the table and allow your guests to create their own combinations, you and your guests are in for a tasty treat.

Special Thanks: Michael Godel; All Our Favourite Foods, Toronto, ON; (416) 467-1297