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24 Must-Try Gourmet Popcorn Flavors for 2024

Recipes for a Flavorful Year

A brand-new year means a year of opportunity to try something new and also to bring back some traditional favorites. Why not start with popcorn? We’ve put together a list of gourmet popcorn flavor recipes you’ll want to try (in no particular order). Browse the list and pick some that stand out for you. Let us know your favorites!

Oreo Popcorn

1. OREO® Popcorn

When America’s favorite cookie gets paired with popcorn, you get an irresistible treat! This recipe comes complete with authentic OREO cookie crumbles and crème.

Pizza Popcorn

2. Pizza

It’s one of the most popular go-to meals on the weekends. Now, imagine bringing the same satisfying taste to your popcorn. Garlic, herbs, and cheese come together to make the perfect combination.

Strawberry Popcorn

3. Strawberry

Get your tastebuds ready! This popcorn is covered in a candy-coated strawberry flavor. The flavor is sweet, and the color is bright, making it an appealing choice.

Jalapeno Popcorn

4. Jalapeño

If hot and spicy is your thing, you’ll want to try jalapeno popcorn! Bring the heat with this incredible fulfilling flavor. Just one taste provides an experience for all the senses!

Salted Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

5. Salty Chocolate Caramel

Could there be a better pairing than chocolate and caramel? This sweet and salty snack will be a hit with its rich, indulgent flavor.

Loaded Baked Potato Popcorn

6. Loaded Baked Potato

Rich cheddar, savory bacon, smooth sour cream… need we say more? This melt-in-your-mouth flavor combination is a crowd-pleaser.

Blueberry Popcorn

7. Blueberry

Pleasing to the eyes and to the tastebuds, this blueberry popcorn is coated in a bright blue candy glaze. The sweet fruity taste will keep you coming back for more.

Red Velvet Popcorn

8. Red Velvet

Creamy and decadent with just a fraction of the calories of cake, red velvet popcorn is a hit year-round. Melted White Alpine Wafers are drizzled on top to make the perfect finish.

Honey Mustard Popcorn

9. Honey Mustard

This popular condiment is now a tasty popcorn flavor that your customers will crave. Honey mustard is a mix of spices, more sweet than sharp. It pairs nicely with lunches or as a snack.

Pina Colada Popcorn

10. Piña Colada

It’s your ticket to paradise. Well, popcorn paradise at least! Enjoy the tropical taste of piña colada popcorn. This candy-coated wonder is full of pineapple and coconut flavors.

Red Cinnamon Popcorn

11. Red Cinnamon

This zesty flavor literally pops! The bright red color draws you in and the candy cinnamon taste is energizing. Ideal for holidays or any day.

Ranch Popcorn

12. Ranch

One of the world’s top-selling salad dressings is now a tasty, savory popcorn flavor. You’ll appreciate the smooth ranch taste. Try topping it on salads for an extra burst of flavor.

Buffalo Breath

13. Buffalo Breath

Buffalo Breath is a top choice for those who crave popcorn with a bold, fiery kick. The flavor is not just hot but richly savory. Pair it with ranch popcorn for the perfect balance of hot and cool.

Watermelon Popcorn

14. Watermelon

This summertime favorite flavor will be a hit in candy-coated watermelon popcorn. With a touch of sweetness and tartness, just one taste and it will bring a smile to your face.

Mediterranean Herb

15. Mediterranean Herb

This blend of garlic, basil, rosemary, and other seasonings complements Greek and Italian flavors. It is savory and fulfilling with a taste that will soon be one of your favorites.

Vanilla Popcorn

16. Vanilla

It’s popular in ice cream and now it makes your popcorn just as delicious! The light and sweet candy-coated flavor is perfect for pairing with mix-ins like nuts or try combining it with other popcorn flavors like strawberry.

Cincinnati Style Chili Popcorn

17. Cincinnati Style Chili

This may be a hometown favorite, but it can have an even larger appeal. Cincinnati-style chili is a uniquely bold flavor with hints of cinnamon, chocolate, onion, and mustard. Make it one of your signature flavors.

Black Cherry Popcorn

18. Black Cherry

With a black candy coating, the flavor of black cherry is as bold as it looks. You’ll be pleased by its sweet and tart combo.

Dill Popcorn

19. Dill

The flavor that makes pickles so popular is now available in a tasty popcorn seasoning. Dill is trending in everything from potato chips to drinks. Taste and see how it performs with popcorn.

Ginger Snap Caramel Popcorn

20. Ginger Snap Caramel Popcorn

A hit at the holidays, ginger snap popcorn makes a great seasonal snack. For an irresistible crunch, add crushed ginger snaps to caramel corn along with ginger and cinnamon.

Bacon Popcorn

21. Bacon Popcorn

Bacon is one of the most loved flavors and it goes great with popcorn! In this recipe, you’ll use Signature Shakes® Bacon Seasoning, along with pieces of cooked bacon to bring out the full flavor experience.

White bowl holding spicy mango flavored popcorn next to a wedge of mango and jalapeno pepper

22. Spicy Mango Popcorn

As “sweet plus heat” becomes a more popular trend, the mixing of flavors can create new fresh tastes that your customers will enjoy. This recipe for Spicy Mango Popcorn combines the sweetness of Mango Corn Treat Mix with a kick of Ghost Pepper Flavacol. Yum!

Apple Cider Gourmet Popcorn drizzled with white icing

23. Apple Cider Popcorn

Indulge in the cozy, autumnal flavors of Apple Cider Popcorn! This unique recipe blends the warm, spiced notes of cinnamon and the tangy sweetness of apple and orange, creating a popcorn experience that’s both comforting and invigorating. It makes the perfect seasonal touch to your menu.

S'mores Popcorn

24. S’mores

We had to end our list with the flavor that people keep coming back for… s’mores! The dessert-themed flavor mixes marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, and caramel corn for maximum tastiness.

This is just a portion of our gourmet popcorn recipes… check out our recipe section for even more inspiration!