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Italian parmesan popcorn

Italian Parmesan Popcorn

I worked in an open newsroom for eight years. In the movies, it’s really glamorous. There are reporters running around waving sheafs of paper and yelling about scoops as phones ring off the hook. Yes, that does occasionally happen — the 2010 Flash Crash was pretty darn exciting , as are election nights — but for the most part, there are dozens of reporters simply typing away in silence.

Until, that is, someone microwaves fish. Then there’s a ripple effect of complaining about quick-cooking smelly foods in a communal space.  (You’d be amazed by how far the odor of reheated salmon or popcorn can travel.) Yet, I love popcorn so deeply that getting a late afternoon fix sometimes actually seemed worth braving the dirty looks/comments of my co-workers.

Yet, while satisfying in a pinch, a bag of microwaved kernels just can’t hold a candle to the Italian parmesan popcorn I make in the privacy of my own home (where there’s no one to complain about the smell except for Dave.) And his only objection is when I’ve made a batch and didn’t save any for him.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a bowl for two using a popcorn maker:

  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels

Popcorn kernels

(I’m partial to Urban Accents Premium White Gold Popcorn. I’ve probably tried a dozen different brands and have found that this one results in the biggest and fluffiest kernels.)

Urban Accents popcorn kernels

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter

Melted Butter

  • 1 heaping tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese

Parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 teaspoon dry Italian salad dressing mix

Italian seasoning

(Note: This is not for people who are trying to limit their sodium intake. It’s crazy salty. But also soooooo good.)

Now you’re about three minutes away from snack nirvana.

Popcorn popper

Once the kernels have popped, drizzle them with the melted butter, Parmesan and Italian seasoning. Toss a few times and try not to slap everyone else’s hands away from the bowl.

Italian parmesan popcorn bowl

Cheddar Popcorn

The Best Cheese Popcorn Ever

As an avid fan of both cheese and popcorn, I’ve tasted a not-so-small amount of orange colored kernels. Most are powdery and flavorless.

Garrett Popcorn’s cheese corn is the real stand-out. It’s my hands-down absolute favorite guilty-pleasure treat. I’ve even asked for it for Christmas — and might have, just once, told Dave that he better not come home from his business trip to Chicago if he wasn’t carrying a bag of the stuff. (I don’t know what they put in it, but it actually makes me crazy.)

The popcorn is buttery and cheesy and will stain your fingers bright orange for days. Just looking at the photo makes me feel five pounds heavier. But hey, sometimes you just have to throw caution and calorie-counting to the wind.

Garrett now has outposts in New York and Las Vegas in addition to several locations in Chicago, where it started. I’ll be honest, visiting its store in the shabby shadow of Penn Station just isn’t as exciting as lining up with other popcorn enthusiasts on Michigan Avenue. But in this weather, it’s nice to not even have to leave my couch. They ship.

(NOTE: Even though this post sounds like an infomercial, I am not being paid by Garrett. If the company does do paid endorsements however, I will accept payment in cheese corn.)