5 Ways to Make Popcorn That's ALMOST as Good as Cupcakes (PHOTOS)

caramel cornThe Huffington Post recently ran an article that posed a provocative question: "Is Popcorn the New Cupcakes?" Writer Anneli Rufus mused as to how the classic treat has been showing up on the menus of fancy restaurants across the country, and wondered if it could just be the latest in the string of desserts in which "low-culture-meets-high-culture and kiddie-classics-go-ironic."

I would argue that nothing will ever be the next cupcake, but if anything could give those perfect little pastries a run for their money, it's popcorn. Versatile, crunchy, and a fantastic way to combine sweet and salty flavors, the ways to prepare it are endless. Here are five incredible recipes for popcorn that's almost as good as cupcakes.

Which do you like better -- popcorn or cupcakes?

 

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  • Aztec Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

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    This recipe combines pumpkin seeds, chocolate, and a little kick of spice and caffeine from chile powder and espresso. Yum!

  • Twix Caramel Popcorn

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    Oh. My. Yum. The recipe calls for pieces of Twix bars to be added to the gooey caramelly goodness, but you can substitute the candy bar of your choice. This is a great recipe to save for all of that leftover Halloween candy to come all too soon!

  • Popcorn S'mores

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    Think s'mores are good? Then you'll flip for this recipe that combines all of the traditional ingredients with yummy, crunchy popcorn. No campfire necessary.

  • Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

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    Imagine all of the ooey gooey goodness of a cinnamon roll added to the salty crunch of popcorn, and you have this recipe, a.k.a., heaven.

  • Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

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    If you simply can't decide between cupcakes and popcorn, why not combine them? This recipe provides the best of both worlds.

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