Karen’s popcorn was the big buzz around the office that first Christmas I worked in Transition Services. Apparently she’d be bringing it in to share with everyone that week, as she only made it once a year, during the holidays. Yet, while everyone was raving about it, all I could think was, “It’s popcorn- how’s good could it be?" And even when Karen rounded my cubicle, spilling a generous sampling of her savory popcorn onto a napkin and chirped, 'just try it- you'll love it!” I felt only indifference.
But I did what any reasonable person would do if munchies were placed on their desk- I munched. And I thought that Harvest Savory Popcorn was actually quite interesting and unique tasting and like no popcorn I’d ever had before. In fact, it was good. However, I continued about my day and didn't think much more of it. But then a strange thing happened in the days to come.
That delicious tangy, lemony, garlicky, hickory, dilly savoury popcorn seasoning haunted me and I couldn't get that damn popcorn out of my head! It was like it had some kind of spell over me. Seriously, it was weird. And then I became obsessed (as I often do with food) and I needed to have more of that popcorn in my life!
So I asked Karen for the recipe.
But when I got the recipe and looked at the steps involved and the time it took to make, I thought, "yeah right." No wonder she only made it once a year. I wouldn’t be doing that. There was baking and turning involved. Not for me. Not for popcorn. But I was torn; I really needed to eat this popcorn again. So I decided I had to try to shortcut it.
Survival of the Shortest
I love shortcut recipes and in my world it's called SURVIVAL. There are very few time-consuming recipes in my life these days that survive unless they can be shortened. Every little bit I can shave off cooking time makes a huge difference. My Shortcut Borscht is a great example of just how delicious quick, shortcut homemade food can be; it's done in 30 minutes!
So for this recipe, the first thing I did was shorten it by using microwave popcorn instead of air popping it. You could air pop it if you want, as I know there's a lot of concern over microwave popcorn these days, but I haven't owned an air popper in years. And then instead of baking it in the oven with the butter and Worcestershire, I just melted the butter in the microwave and added in the Worcestershire into the butter and sprinkled it on. There is no baking or turning in this recipe. You simply mix the topping together in a bowl and pour it over the popcorn.
In my house this savory popcorn flavoring recipe is now known as "Mommy's Special Popcorn" because I've been making it for years now; since the kids since were little. My kids love it and it's a movie night tradition. And since it isn't just plain old microwave popcorn and has other stuff in it, it's considered special....
For me, it's an indulgence. Hickory sticks are pretty much the same as eating potato chips, but in stick form and with hickory flavoring. I love the little guys, but they are not exactly low calorie or weight watchers friendly. But with this popcorn, I can enjoy some of them sprinkled throughout my light (smart popcorn) and get my fix. And it’s still not nearly as bad as eating potato chips straight up! I also leave out the nuts from the original recipe because they really aren't necessary and only add extra calories.
Hickory sticks are a pretty Canadian thing, so I'm not sure how easy it is to find them outside of Canada. However, you can order Hickory Sticks HERE (affiliate link) through Amazon and believe me, if you've never had them, you need to try them!
For this recipe, you'll need:
- microwave popcorn *you can use air popped popcorn
- Hickory sticks *you can substitute Shoestring Potato Sticks
- Worcestershire sauce
- lemon pepper
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- butter, melted * you can substitute vegan margarine to make it dairy-free
So, if you want to know what to put on popcorn besides butter or you are looking for a creative popcorn flavoring recipe, this quick and easy Harvest Popcorn recipe is perfect!
I only worked at that job in Transition Services a couple of years and I managed to get some really great recipes during my stint there. But by far, this Savory Harvest Popcorn was the best! And the shortcut version is just as delicious and because, let's be real, there are much better ways to spend your time than baking and turning popcorn. So if you're looking for savory popcorn recipes, then give this a try!
If you are looking for unique snacks, give my Vegan and Gluten-free Parsnip Chips a try!
👪 Serving size
This savoury popcorn serves 8, but you can double the recipe for a bigger group (or if you just want more :)) by clicking on the blue servings number in the recipe card. Simply select the number of servings you'd like and ingredient amounts will adjust accordingly.
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🍿Shortcut Harvest Popcorn Recipe
- 1 85g -pkg of microwave popcorn (plain or butter flavor) * you could use air popped if you prefer it over micrwave
- 2 cups Hickory sticks * you can substitute Potato Sticks
- 1 tablespoon dill weed
- 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoon butter melted
- Pop popcorn, as per package instructions, then add hickory sticks.
- Melt butter in microwave for about 30-45 seconds (covered to avoid splattering), then mix worcestershire with butter.
- Add a little bit of the butter, then sprinkle on half of each of the spices and mix. Then add the remainder of the butter and spices and mix.
Love this recipe. I make it with air popped popcorn.
Glad to hear you love it, Edith!
Love all the flavours you have added to this popcorn! And now I want to go make some!
Thanks, Wanda! You need to try the hickory sticks and these spices - there will be no going back to boring old popcorn! 🙂
Who could think of adding hickory sticks to Popcorn? But it’s great flavouring indeed and this is what makes it so unique. No wonder you couldn’t get this flavour off your head when you first tasted it!!
Fouzia, I know, hey?! I am seriously still addicted and that was at least 6 yrs ago!
Denise from Urb'n'Spice
Well, you had me at savoury, because even though I am a pastry chef, I love savoury snacks. Then, you had me at Hickory Sticks - it is one of those snacks that I love! I cannot wait to try this recipe - I am sure it would be appealing to anyone and any age. It sounds delightful! Thank you so much for sharing, Terri!
Thank you, Denise! I hope you enjoy it?I have been addicted since I discovered it 6+ years ago!
Really different and yummy.I made it in place of the usual caramel corn for movie night snack bags. Lots of good reviews. Addictive.
Glad to hear you enjoyed it!