The great thing about popcorn is it can serve as a blank canvas for any flavor creation you can imagine. If you’re looking to move beyond salt and butter—don’t get us wrong, the classics are great, too!—look to our flavors to spice up your popcorn popping oil.
Bickford’s flavors are:
Derived from the highest-quality, natural sources
Suspended in a water or oil base (with the exception of vanilla)
Designed to be more concentrated than other on the market
Highly heat stable
Popcorn Popping Oil Basics
Many are surprised to hear that butter isn’t the only fat used to make delicious popcorn. Using oil is necessary for making popcorn over the stove top in a pan. This “old-school” method favored by popping purists takes a bit more time and effort, but it delivers more flavorful results then you can get from the machine or microwave.
For stovetop popping, preheat a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat and add the oil. Once the pan is hot, add the kernels, salt, and any flavor you’re using. Shake the pot across the burner continuously until the kernels are popped.
When choosing a popping oil, it’s generally recommended to use something with a high smoke point, such as canola, vegetable, or coconut. Olive oil can add great flavor, but may require more careful monitoring of the heat.
Once you have the right oil, the sky’s the limit on flavor options. We have a whole range of oil-soluble flavors that can be combined directly with your popping oil.
Browse the full collection of popcorn popping oil flavors.
Popping Oil Flavor Ideas
If you’re seeking ideas, Bickford has a few popcorn recipes to get you started. Feel free to follow these to the letter, or use them for inspiration in a new creation.
Our tried-and-true candied popcorn recipe starts with a generous portion of popped popcorn and uses sweetened condensed milk, unflavored gelatin, and our oil-soluble toffee flavor. The result? Crunchy kernels bathed in the buttery-almond taste of traditional English toffee—way better than any packaged popcorn you’ll find in the supermarket!
Savory popcorn creations are equally delicious. Our garlic flavored popcorn is simple yet scrumptious. Unpopped kernels are added to canola oil on the stove, followed by Bickford’s garlic flavor and salt. After some vigorous shaking over the burner, you’re ready to enjoy!