I’ve always been a popcorn junkie. I freakin’ love it. I’ll watch a movie, just so I can eat popcorn while I do it.
My popcorn of choice is hot air popcorn, popped in a $10 popper I got a few years ago and have used more times than I can count. When I was still eating dairy, I would use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (you can’t believe it because it pretty much is) Spray. It was perfect for popcorn because it would evenly spread the buttery flavor before sprinkling on sea salt. Unfortunately, after I went vegan, I was left without a good spray for my popcorn. GFA Brands makes a couple of Smart Balance sprays, but they have dairy in them. I wrote to GFA to encourage them to make an Earth Balance spray and they wrote back to tell me there were no plans for such an item. Bummer.
So, over the last year I’ve gotten used to drizzling olive oil on my popcorn, then sprinkling it with sea salt and nutritional yeast. I’ve grown to love it and even though friends look at me strange, they’ve generally liked it, too.
But a month or so ago I’ve found my new obsession: olive oil infused with essence of blood oranges. Blood oranges!
Now, after I pop my gigantic bowl of popcorn, I’ll drizzle just a little of this orange olive oil on and mix it around the entire bowl as much as I can. Then, I resume with regular olive oil, nutritional yeast, and sea salt. The result is that the whole bowl of popcorn smells a little orange-y. While it may sound gross, I love it. And until GFA starts making Earth Balance spray, this will be my go-to choice.