We all have bags of microwavable popcorn in our pantry. What if we told you that you could take that everyday snack and transform it into a gourmet popcorn masterpiece? It is actually quite easy to do when you use popcorn flavor powder. 

You can make your next movie night extra special with some cheesy, buttery, and super flavorful powdered seasonings. They are simple to use and will completely enhance your snacking experience. Once you know how to use popcorn powders, you will never have a boring, basic bowl of popcorn ever again.

What is Popcorn Flavor Powder?

Popcorn powder is a type of dry seasoning that has been made exclusively for popcorn. The seasonings often come in a shaker, making them very easy to add to your snack. All you need to do is shake the powder over a bowl of popped popcorn and it is ready to eat. 

Popcorn powdered seasonings come in a wide variety of flavors. You can find simple popcorn salt, cheesy popcorn powder, herb-infused powders, and even spicy popcorn toppings. There is a popcorn powder for everyone. 

Best Popcorn Seasoning Powder Flavors

We wanted to tell you a little bit about each of our favorite popcorn powders and why they are so great. See which one catches your eye. You may want to just try them all.

Sour Cream & Cheddar Cheese

Sour cream and cheddar cheese popcorn seasonings are popular choices. Both types of powders add a tangy and savory flavor to a bowl of popped popcorn kernels. Combine the two powders to make the perfect popcorn flavor. 

Cheddar cheese & sour cream popcorn powders are typically used to create movie theater-style popcorn at home. Add this powder to your snack and you will turn a plain bowl of popcorn into something really amazing. 

Garlic Parmesan

Garlic parmesan popcorn flavor powders are one of the best gourmet combinations out there. The rich, salty taste of parmesan cheese is complimented by the spicy, strong taste of garlic. Both flavors go really well on top of crunchy popcorn.

Look for popcorn powders that already combine parmesan and garlic. You can also make this combo on your own, mixing grated parmesan cheese and garlic powder together in a bowl and then sprinkling it over your popped popcorn. You will love this fancy, yet easy popcorn creation.

White Cheddar Cheese

White cheddar cheese popcorn seasoning may be the easiest one to find. They sell white cheddar popcorn powder in quite a few grocery stores and gourmet markets. It is a classic flavor to add to your popcorn.

Sprinkle some white cheddar cheese powder inside your bag of popped popcorn. Hold the bag closed while you shake it yo, coating every piece of popcorn in cheesy powder. This will be fantastic for movie nights or as a mid-day snack. 

Caramel Corn

Caramel popcorn flavor is an easy way to add the sweet, strong taste of caramel to your popcorn. It is a lot easier to sprinkle caramel powder over your popcorn than to attempt to make your own homemade caramel corn. And a lot less sticky. 

Look for caramel corn popcorn flavor that is gluten-free to fit your snack into everyone’s diet. This is a perfect way to make a sweet and salty snack. 


Jalapeno popcorn flavor powders are spicy, savory, and pungent. They will add some quick heat to your bowl of popcorn. This is a great choice of popcorn flavoring for anyone who prefers a spicy snack over a sweet treat. 

Look for jalapeno powder that also has cheddar cheese powder. Cheese and jalapeno go well together, too.

Kettle Corn

Lots of people love kettle corn and we don’t blame them. It is a sweet, salty flavor that we also adore. We are especially fond of Kernel Season’s brand of kettle corn seasoning. Just sprinkle a little over your popped popcorn and enjoy. Homemade kettle corn is as easy as that. 

Cajun Seasoning Blend

Cajun popcorn is pretty amazing. If you have never had this zesty snack, you should try it right away. It is really easy to make.

Use your favorite cajun seasoning blend and add it to your popcorn. You can find popcorn cajun seasoning or just use any kind in the spice aisle of your local store. All that paprika and pepper is sure to be a hit at your next movie night. 

Cinnamon Sugar

Cinnamon sugar popcorn is warm, sweet, and simply delicious. This is a great choice for anyone who wants a sweet snack with a little bit of crunch. 

While we love cinnamon sugar popcorn all year long, it is especially great in the fall and winter when cinnamon is in season. Make your own cinnamon sugar blend or look for a pre-made mix. 

Nacho Cheddar

When you can’t decide between a bowl of popcorn and nachos, why not combine the two? Use nacho cheddar cheese powder to make your popcorn really great. 

Nacho cheese popcorn has a Mexican flair to it. It can be used to make a fun, themed movie night or social gathering. Everyone will love the cheesy taste of popcorn and how easy it is to eat. 

Sea Salt & Movie Theater Butter

If you want a really salty, really buttery snack, then this is the powder for you. Sea salt and movie theater butter is the classic flavor of popcorn and using popcorn powders will just enhance that taste. 

Sprinkle seas salt and movie theater butter powder over your warm popcorn to make sure it sticks well. It will be great on microwave popcorn or popcorn made in your air popper. Our little tip is to keep the popcorn warm. It always tastes best that way.

How to Use Popcorn Seasoning

Popcorn seasoning is very easy to use. Once you have used it once, you will never go back to plain popcorn in a bowl.  

Start by popping your popcorn in an air popper, over the stove, or in the microwave. Pour your popped popcorn into a large bowl. You want the bowl to be big enough to toss your popcorn without it falling out. 

Next, sprinkle your seasoning over the popcorn. Start with a small amount as you can always add more. Toss the popcorn in the bowl, making the seasoning coat every piece. Taste a few pieces and add more shaker powder if needed. 

For extra flavors, try mixing the popcorn seasonings together and creating your own, custom blends. Try adding some chopped nuts or chocolate chips for an extra treat. 

Top Tip: Buy a Variety Pack.

If you like trying new snacks and getting creative with your gourmet popcorn, then you should definitely buy a variety pack of popcorn seasoning. Not only will this give you all your favorite flavors, but will also allow you to try a few seasonings you may have never had before. 

You can also try mixing the seasonings in the variety pack, giving you endless combinations to try. Having a variety of seasoning options on hand is a great way to keep your snack time interesting. 

Get More Snacking Inspiration on the Popsmith Blog

Popcorn powder and popcorn seasoning are such an easy way to give your bowl of popcorn a flavor boost. There are a lot of great seasonings out there you should try. 

There are also a lot of great popcorn recipes, tips, and facts on our blog that you may want to check out. We are always writing, researching, and dreaming up new ways to enjoy popcorn. Check back soon and happy snacking.