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    Perk up your popcorn with these flavour mixes. For each, mix the ingredients in a small bowl, sprinkle on popcorn, and stir.

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    Pumpkin Pie Spiced Popcorn

    1 Tbsp (15 mL) coconut palm sugar or other natural dark sugar
    1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground ginger
    1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) ground allspice
    1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) ground cloves
    1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) nutmeg

    Thai Popcorn

    1 tsp (5 mL) curry powder
    1 tsp (5 mL) dried basil
    1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) sea salt
    1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) cayenne powder
    Zest of 1 lime

    Smoky Popcorn

    1/2 cup (125 mL) finely grated smoked cheddar cheese
    3/4 tsp (4 mL) smoked paprika
    1/2 tsp (2 mL) smoked salt
    Garlicky Rosemary Popcorn

    1/4 cup (60 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
    2 Tbsp (30 ml) finely chopped rosemary
    3/4 tsp (4 mL) garlic powder
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper

    Wasabi Popcorn

    1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) wasabi powder
    1 tsp (5 mL) coconut palm sugar or other raw sugar
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt
    1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) cayenne 
    1 sheet nori, finely crumbled

    source: "Popcorn", alive #359, September 2012

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