Popcorn seasoning

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Popcorn seasoning can refer to a variety of seasonings that are used to add flavor to popcorn. In the United States, popcorn seasoning is mass-produced by several companies for commercial and consumer use. Popcorn seasonings may be used to enhance the flavor of popcorn, and some are used to add a buttery flavor to popcorn.[1] Significant amounts are often used to ensure the adequate flavoring of popcorn, due to popcorn's low density.[2] It is also sometimes utilized to add coloring to popcorn.[1] Some popcorn seasoning may contain monosodium glutamate.[1][2] Some specialty products exist in unique flavors, such as chocolate and bubble gum.[2] Some popcorn seasoning products may be referred to as popcorn salt.[3]


Dry popcorn seasoning may be finely granulated to enable even dispersion when placed upon popcorn.[2] Common homemade popcorn seasoning ingredients include salt and melted butter.

Use in foods[edit]

Some oils used to cook popcorn contain popcorn seasonings mixed within the oil, and may be referred to as popcorn seasoning oils or liquid popcorn seasoning.[1][4]

Commercial applications[edit]

Popcorn seasoning is sometimes used within machines that are utilized to produce large quantities of popcorn for consumer purchase.[4]


In the 1950s in the United States, many commercial oil-based popcorn seasonings were produced with a coconut oil base, and also utilized artificial coloring.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Popcorn Costs Up; Seasonings Down". The Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. April 12, 1962. p. 63.
  2. ^ a b c d Handbook on Spices and Condiments (Cultivation, Processing and Extraction) by H. Panda
  3. ^ Reinhart, Peter (2011). Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads. Random House LLC. p. 294. ISBN 160774130X.
  4. ^ a b Kish, Warren A. (29 October 1949). "Increasing Popcorn Volume for the OPS". The Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 74–75.
  5. ^ Brunson, Arthur Maxwell; Richardson, Dewayne L. (1958). Popcorn. U.S. Department of Agriculture. p. 11.

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