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After a long day of classes, you are probably hungry for a small snack to eat. This popcorn recipe is the perfect savory treat that will hold you over until dinner. This will dispel all cravings of some savory dish you are going to have later on in the night. This is a great alternative to having butter drenched or kettle popcorn that we all know and love, but are ultimately less than healthy. This twist on this classic movie treat will rethink how you see popcorn. The rosemary gives you a savory and, when you least expect it, the cayenne pepper comes in with a punch. This popcorn is good at any time of the day, this is a MUST try!


1 Cup of Popcorn Kernels (Divided)

1 Brown Lunch Bag

2 Tablespoons of Finely Chopped Fresh Rosemary Leaves

½ Teaspoons of Cayenne Pepper

4 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons of Salt

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Butter



  1. Place ¼th of your popcorn kernels in a brown lunch bag.
  2. Fold over the top twice.
  3. Microwave the popcorn for 2-3 minutes. (Or when the popping of the popcorn is 2-3 seconds apart from each other).
  4. While the popcorn is popping, coarsely chop your fresh rosemary.
  5. After the popcorn is done popping, place the contents of the paper bag in a large bowl.
  6. Place the unpopped kernels back into the brown lunch bag and repeat step 3 and 5.
  7. After you have popped all of the popcorn, combine the remaining ingredients with popcorn (Rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, olive oil, salt).
  8. Microwave the butter for 45 seconds or until melted and then drizzle on top of the popcorn.
  9. Stir the mixture with a fork.
  10. After the mixture is mixed well enough. Enjoy!


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Researched By: Emily Cooley, Peer Educator

Photo Cred: popcorn