When you mention popcorn, most people think of the kind you microwave; or even worse, the stale, artificially-buttered type from the movie theater. But believe it or not, popcorn is so much better than that. When popped fresh on the stove, it tastes fresh and crisp and is even deserving of a spot at your next cocktail party. And you don't have to play it straight when it comes to popcorn. There are so many flavors you can add, savory or sweet.

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  • Bacon Caramel Popcorn

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.theendlessmeal.com/bacon-caramel-popcorn/" target="_hplink">Bacon Caramel Popcorn recipe</a> by The Endless Meal</strong> Bacon in popcorn doesn't happen often, but it should. It's just that good.

  • Garlic Popcorn With Cayenne Pepper

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.melangery.com/2012/07/garlic-popcorn-with-cayenne-pepper-and.html" target="_hplink">Garlic Popcorn with Cayenne Pepper recipe</a> by Cooking Melangery</strong> Cayenne pepper adds a lot of spice so use it sparingly. But this spicy popcorn is nicely paired alongside a cold beer.

  • Pistachio Caramel Popcorn

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.flanboyanteats.com/cooking_recipes/pistachio-caramel-popcorn/" target="_hplink">Pistachio Caramel Popcorn recipe</a> by Flanboyant Eats</strong> The crunch of the pistachios adds a nice contrast to the light airiness of popcorn. This makes a great simplified version of trail mix.

  • Chili-Lime Popcorn

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://withstyle.me/2012/05/04/cinco-de-mayo-chili-lime-popcorn/" target="_hplink">Chili-Lime Popcorn recipe</a> by With Style</strong> A bit of chili makes this popcorn spicy and the lime keeps it nice and refreshing, making this a perfect snack for a summertime outdoor gathering.

  • Sugar and Spice Popcorn

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.creative-culinary.com/2011/06/sugar-and-spice-popcorn/" target="_hplink">Sugar and Spice Popcorn recipe</a> by Creative Culinary</strong> A little bit of sugar and cinnamon go a long way in dressing up popcorn for a party. And in the summer, it's nice to keep sweets light like this.

  • Garlic-Parmesan Popcorn

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://laphemmephoodie.com/2012/05/garlic-parmesan-popcorn.html" target="_hplink">Garlic-Parmesan Popcorn recipe</a> by La Phemme Phoodie</strong> Garlic and parmesan are always a match made in heaven when served in Italian dishes -- and the same is true when used to top popcorn.

  • Sriracha Ranch Popcorn

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thecurvycarrot.com/2012/05/23/sriracha-ranch-popcorn/" target="_hplink">Sriracha Ranch Popcorn recipe</a></strong> Once you get hooked on Sriracha, it's hard to resist putting it on everything. And so popcorn just makes sense.

  • Sweet Seaweed Popcorn

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thelittlebigblog.com/2012/05/29/recipe-sweet-seaweed-popcorn/" target="_hplink">Sweet Seaweed Popcorn recipe</a> by The Little Big Blog</strong> Seaweed adds a new and unexpected flavor to popcorn, and when you drizzle it with honey it has just the right amount of sweetness.

  • Peanut Butter And Chocolate Popcorn

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://naturallysweetrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/02/poppy-chow-peanut-butter-chocolate.html" target="_hplink">Peanut Butter and Chocolate Popcorn recipe</a> by Naturally Sweet Recipes</strong> When you combine peanut butter and chocolate, people get excited. And when you use it to top popcorn, it makes a snack that's hard to resist.

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