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20 Delicious Popcorn Recipes that Will Make Your Movie Night More Delightful

20 Delicious Popcorn Recipes that Will Make Your Movie Night More Delightful

We love our movie nights and our little get-togethers with friends and family, so why not try something a little daring with a treat that usually only gets the choice of butter and salt.  These popcorn recipes that are fun, sophisticated, playful, and exotic will turn up the fun. They are also a super safe way to start segueing into more exotic culinary adventures.

1.  Peanut Butter Cashew Popcorn

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    This popcorn recipe from Julie’s Eats & Treats is a grown-up popcorn ball that has cashews and honey as some of the ingredients.  Sticky sweet, it will have you reaching for more.

    2.  Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

    SPICEY BACON

      Spicy and with bacon!  That is enough said from A Cozy Kitchen. This popcorn recipe will make many weak in the knees.

      3.  Funfetti Popcorn

      Funfetti Popcorn

        Got kids or just a kid at heart? Stir up some fun with this rainbow sprinkle popcorn covered in cake batter mix and melted white chocolate. Fun and easy to make and to eat!

        4.  Turtle Popcorn

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          Get me started with anything that has real butter, brown sugar, and pecans! This will turn your favorite candy into your favorite popcorn.

          5.  Wasabi Popcorn

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            I can’t do everything sticky sweet, so turn up the heat with wasabi and cayenne pepper powdered popcorn! The sweet comes from the brown sugar.

            6.  Truffle Bacon Popcorn

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              Did someone say bacon? I don’t know if the truffle salt is worth the expense, but I do know a little substitution would probably not be missed in lieu of more bacon and dashed with parmesan cheese.

              7.  Curried Popcorn

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                Want something with curry in a hurry? You can pop the popcorn and stir in the ingredients after. This will give you a different texture you might enjoy. But try it their way too, because the olive oil and the curry in the pan with the sugar while popping does something special with the flavor.

                8.  PB & J Popcorn

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                PB&J Popcorn

                  Something for the kids again and so pretty for presentation. It might be fun to do this with different jellies. The white chocolate is a great way to get any flavor to stick. You may have to play with the amount of jelly to get the color and flavor balance you want.

                  9.  Tequila Popcorn

                  Tequila Popcorn

                    Only a dash of tequila, cayenne, and cumin with some lime juice, so don’t think this is going to soggy or so risque. It is, however, fun and the flavor and smell could be very enjoyable and complimentary to a themed party. Got to try it.

                    10.  Taco Popcorn

                    Taco Popcorn

                      This is supposed to taste like Doritos! So I would try it out just the see, but I was missing the idea of real cheese melting all over the place. So I might just improvise and sprinkle on some cheddar. Get real cheesy!

                      11.  Coconut Curry Popcorn

                      Coconut Curry Popcorn

                        With curry, coconut oil, and cumin, you can get a little adventurous without breaking your budget or your kitchen. I think I’d pair this with a great movie from India. Have a themed movie night.

                        12.  Key Lime Pie Popcorn

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                        Key Lime Pie Popcorn

                          Miniature melted marshmallows and melted white chocolate make it an easy win. Key Lime frosting and more melted dark chocolate with graham cracker chunks make this a win-win.

                          13.  Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn

                          Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn

                            Salted caramel has got to be the great marketing catch phrase of the confection market. With the almonds and the pretzels to complete the dish, the only think I am wanted is maybe some dark chocolate drizzled on.

                            14.  Cookies and Cream

                            cookies and cream

                              There are only three ingredients: popcorn, Oreos, and white chocolate. Go for it!

                              15.  Reese’s Peanut Butter Popcorn

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                                I’m not sure if they needed more than three ingredients with this one. The popcorn, mini peanut butter cups, and with melted chocolate chips was enough to get me going. But their way is great, too.

                                16.  Parmesan Basil Popcorn

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                                parmesean basil popcorn

                                  Healthy and easy, this tasty treat you can whip up super quick with less mess. Just some coconut oil and some freshly grated parmesan and a little bit of basil.

                                  17.  Almond Joy Popcorn

                                  almond joy popcorn

                                    For this, you are not just tossing your favorite candy bar into a hot bowl of popcorn. The ingredients are parsed out and you mix it all together in perfect harmony to get this yummy dish.

                                    18.  White Chocolate Thin Mint Popcorn

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                                      In less than 10 minutes with just a handful of chopped up thin mint cookies, you will have a wonderful snack.

                                      19.  Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

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                                        If this could have a caramel crust on the outside that you crunch through bite after bite, you would have some serious noshing.

                                        20.  Nutella Popcorn

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                                          How many people in the world love that particular brand of hazelnut chocolate spread? And how wonderful and idea than to spread it all over some popcorn. Take a little extra time and a few extra ingredients, and you will have a splendid treat many of your friends would love to eat.

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                                          Last Updated on October 20, 2020

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                          • (1) Research
                                          • (2) Deciding the topic
                                          • (3) Creating the outline
                                          • (4) Drafting the content
                                          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                          • (6) Revision
                                          • (7) etc.

                                          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                          2. Change Your Environment

                                          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                          6. Get a Buddy

                                          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                          Reality check:

                                          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

                                          Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

                                          More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

                                          Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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