18 Surprising Flavored Popcorns to Buy at the Grocery Store

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18 Surprising Flavored Popcorns to Buy at the Grocery Store

18 Surprising Flavored Popcorns to Buy at the Grocery Store

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It’s a brave new world, folks. Oreos now come in Brownie Batter flavor, Jelly Belly makes vomit-flavored jelly beans, and Dunkin’ Donuts is selling a Fudge Croissant Donut. Diversification is all the rage among brands looking to freshen up their image, so sure enough, packaged popcorn companies are stepping up their game as well. 

Act II Kickin’ Jalapeño Microwave Popcorn

Act II Kickin’ Jalapeño Microwave Popcorn

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Act II has been stepping up its microwave game lately, and this flavor is genuinely spicy.

Act II Sweet Cinnamon Microwave Popcorn

Act II Sweet Cinnamon Microwave Popcorn

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Sweet microwave popcorn is a relatively new development, and Act II is offering a cinnamon-flavored sweet variety. 

Angie's Holidrizzle Boom Chicka Pop Frosted Cupcake Flavored Kettle Corn

Angie's Holidrizzle Boom Chicka Pop Frosted Cupcake Flavored Kettle Corn

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Not only does this popcorn have what’s quite possibly the best name of any food product in history, it also has real sprinkles on it. 

Earth Balance Vegan Popcorn Aged White Cheddar Flavor

Earth Balance Vegan Popcorn Aged White Cheddar Flavor

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White Cheddar is a popular popcorn flavor, but what about vegan white Cheddar? That’s one you don’t see too often. Instead of cheese, it’s made with onion and garlic powders, lactic acid, and yeast extract. 

G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix

G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix

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You know how when you get those big tubs of popcorn divided into Cheddar and caramel flavors, the two sides occasionally spill over into each other? The flavors actually work really well together, and the combination is officially called “Chicago Mix.” 

G.H. Cretors Greek Yogurt Caramel Drizzle

G.H. Cretors Greek Yogurt Caramel Drizzle

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G.H. Cretors has also taken its caramel corn and drizzled it with sweet Greek yogurt. Nice!

Golden Fluff Popcorn Onion & Garlic

Golden Fluff Popcorn Onion & Garlic

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This is a flavor combination you’re more likely to see on potato chips, but it certainly works on popcorn as well. 

Jody’s Cinnamon Toast Gourmet Popcorn

Jody’s Cinnamon Toast Gourmet Popcorn

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This popcorn is coated in a crunchy cinnamon-kicked glaze, and we’re definitely okay with that. 

Orville Redenbacher’s Natural Light Zesty Pepper Butter

Orville Redenbacher’s Natural Light Zesty Pepper Butter

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Even old Orville is getting in on the game, launching a line of “Gourmet Naturals” in some creative flavors. This one is made with roasted red peppers, sea salt, and “a touch of seasonings.”

Orville Redenbacher’s Kettle Korn Pop-Up Bowl

Orville Redenbacher’s Kettle Korn Pop-Up Bowl

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This one is actually really cool, and essentially reinvents microwave popcorn as we know it. These popcorn bags turn into bowls as they cook in the microwave, so all you need to do is peel the lid off and you’re ready to go. The company also offers microwave “tubs” that pop inside a movie theater-style popcorn container.

Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Sea Salt & Vinegar

Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Sea Salt & Vinegar

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Salt and Vinegar is another flavor we’re more used to on potato chips, but we can tell you from experience that it also really works on popcorn

Popcorn, Indiana Drizzlecorn

Popcorn, Indiana Drizzlecorn

Popcorn, Indiana (which has brick and mortar stores as well as a line of packaged products), sells a popular line of “Drizzlecorn,” clusters of popcorn drizzled with tasty sauces. Drizzlecorn options include Black & White, Sea Salt Caramel, Toasted Coconut, and our favorite, Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Popsalot Saigon Sunrise

Popsalot Saigon Sunrise

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Popsalot produces some unique popcorn flavors, but this one might be the most surprising. This gourmet kettle corn incorporates real Vietnamese cinnamon. 

Quinn Parmesan & Rosemary

Quinn Parmesan & Rosemary

Quinn sells a line of truly artisanal popcorn. After popping the unflavored organic popcorn the consumer has to add two separate packets, one with sunflower oil and one with flavoring, then shake it up. But it’s well worth the trouble: Flavors include Vermont Maple & Sea Salt and Hickory Smoked Cheddar, but we’re partial to the Parmesan & Rosemary, which is actually made with (gasp!) real Parmesan cheese and dried rosemary. 

SkinnyPop Ultra Lite White Cheddar

SkinnyPop Ultra Lite White Cheddar

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White Cheddar popcorn is generally as unhealthy as most other snack foods, but SkinnyPop’s take on it is made with “natural non-dairy cheddar flavor” and contains just 43 calories per cup. 

Snacks101 Baked Popcorn All Natural Smokey Chipotle

Snacks101 Baked Popcorn All Natural Smokey Chipotle

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Snacks101’s popcorn is baked, meaning that it doesn’t need to pop in oil, and the oil that it does include is heart-healthy coconut oil. The smoky chipotle flavor kicks it up a few notches, too. 

Trader Joe’s Popcorn in a Pickle

Trader Joe’s Popcorn in a Pickle

This new offering from Trader Joe’s tastes really pickley, because it contains citric acid (for a vinegary kick) and a whole lot of real dill oil. 

Why River Crab Seasoned Popcorn

Why River Crab Seasoned Popcorn

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Why River Seasonings is renowned for its crab seasoning, and the products it flavors (including Cheddar cheese crackers and peanuts). Its popcorn is available in pre-popped bags as well as microwave bags, and it’s savory and addictive.