For me, watching the Oscar's or even a marathon of nominated movies, is more fun with a crowd. And what food is more associated with the movies than popcorn, right? So this year I'm making it the theme with sweet popcorn balls, popcorn topped cupcakes and a DIY popcorn bar with a fun assortment of toppings.
Putting this together was quick and easy. A fun shopping trip to a local party supply store to pick up some black and gold napkins, cupcake liners and popcorn cups and a stop at the grocery store for some good popping corn and my favorite chocolate cupcake mix.
The sorcery of the popcorn balls required some cooking and sticky handling but my friends and neighbors devoured every test batch I made so they were worth a little work. Did I mention they're sticky?
The key to the DIY popcorn bar is to have a good assortment of toppings. Dell Cove Spices makes at least a couple of dozen fun options so the hardest part was choosing what to get. I went with a mix of sweet and spicy. From the expected, like kettle corn seasoning, to the fun dill pickle spice. Because why not have some fun, right? Even the cupcakes got a touch of chocolate caramel seasoning and a sprinkle of sparkling silver sugars.
Because I can't resist the combination of sweet and salty, I pretty much owned that bottle of kettle corn spice while I worked my way through the popcorn. Next time I think I need to add the salted caramel seasoning to my collection. Enjoy!
This recipe is sponsored by Dell Cove Spices. Thank you for supporting the products I love and use in my kitchen.