Popcorn has long been an easy, low-calorie, delicious snack choice for me. A few years ago, my mother got me this awesome microwave popper. I love it because I can pop regular popcorn in it and not have to pay out the wazoo for the bags of microwave popcorn. It also does not require any butter or oil (although you can use either if you like).
For about 90 – 100 calories, you can have 3 cups of popcorn, according to CalorieKing.com. That is enough to keep me munching for quite a while, which helps divert my thoughts from other, more nutritionally devoid snacks. And there is a bonus! I also get about 3 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of dietary fiber in those 3 cups, as well as some potassium, zinc, and phosphorus. So you can feel good about serving popcorn as a snack to your kids.
For several years after my mom bought me that popper, I would happily pop my corn, sprinkle it with some salt, and snack away. As the kids got older, I taught them how to use it as well so they could fix their own snack whenever they wanted (it was SO great when they got old enough to be able to do it themselves!!). Thing 1 especially enjoyed his popcorn, and began making it on almost a daily basis. One day, I walked into the kitchen and smelled the familiar aroma of the popcorn snack, but there was also another scent in the air. Thing 1 was up to his creative tricks! He had popped the corn, and then, instead of sprinkling with salt, he used Old Bay Spice. At first I thought it was a bit kooky, but then I tasted it, and I was blown away. It opened up a whole new world of snack flavors for us.
We call this popcorn Crab Shack Popcorn because the Old Bay Spice reminds us of crab shack seafood restaurants at the shore. We added a little melted butter and lemon to round out the flavors and really drive home the crab shack experience. (Plus, it helps the spice stick to the popcorn even better!)
BTW, Thing 2 LOVES this variety, believe it or not. His rating? 5 out of 5 biscuits!!
This is a great snack to enjoy outdoors on a summer evening with a nice cold beer (or lemonade for non-grown-ups!), watching the fireflies flit about and listening to the light chirping of crickets. But it is good all year round, especially in the cold of February when you are craving a warm, sunny beach vacation! (We don’t enjoy it outdoors in February. In case you were wondering. It is a bit nippy, and besides, there are no fireflies.)
- ⅔ cup unpopped popcorn
- 2 tablespoons buttery spread
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ tablespoon (or to taste) Old Bay Spice
- Prepare popcorn in microwave or air popper according to directions.
- Melt the buttery spread in the microwave.
- Add the lemon juice to the melted buttery spread and mix to combine.
- Slowly drizzle the butter/lemon mixture over the prepared popcorn while tossing to distribute coating and prevent popcorn from getting soggy.
- Sprinkle the Old Bay Spice over the buttered popcorn while tossing to distribute as evenly as possible.
- Serve immediately.
- Savory Popcorn Snack (primroseparties.com)
- Salted Caramel Popcorn (piggywolfcuppycakes.wordpress.com)
- Scooped: Buttered Popcorn Ice Cream (sweets.seriouseats.com)