Oscar Inspired Popcorn from Russian, Hungary & Sweden

by Cindi SutterFounder & Editor of Spirited Table® - images & recipes by Mark Addison that include flavored “Movie Popcorn” inspired by each countries’ food heritage and traditions. 

Film: Loveless Country: Russia

CHAK-CHAK POPCORN 
Top your popcorn like a traditional Russian Chak-Chak, a popular fried noodle coated in sticky honey sugar glaze. 

Ingredients
1 – 3.5 oz. bag of popped popcorn
8 oz honey
4 oz sugar
1 Tbsp vodka
1 Tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Preparing the syrup: Pour the honey into a saucepan over medium heat and gradually stir in the vodka and sugar. Hold the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until all the sugar is dissolved.  Pour the hot syrup onto the popcorn in a glass bowl and mix it well and carefully.
  2. Coat a glass baking dish with butter and spread the popcorn mixture evenly with spatula chilled with ice water to prevent sticking. 

Film: On Body and Soul Country: Hungary

POPCORN PAPRIKASH
This Paprikash popcorn recipe uses Hungarian Paprika, dried thyme, garlic salt, onion salt, and butter – all of which are commonly used in the Hungarian iconic- Chicken Paprikash. It packs the herby, paprika heat of classic Hungarian cuisine in a movie popcorn.  

Ingredients
1 – 3.5 oz. bag of popped popcorn
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp Hungarian Paprika
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp onion salt
2 Tbps melted butter

Instructions

  1. Mix together the thyme, onion and garlic salt, and paprika in a small bowl.
  2. Transfer the freshly popped popcorn to a larger ziplock bag, then add the spice mixture and drizzle the melted butter on top. Zip the bag closed and shake until the popcorn is evenly coated with spices. 

Film: The Square - Country: Sweden

HAVREFLARN POPCORN
Havreflarn is a traditional oatmeal cookie with nuts and dipped in chocolate. Melted chocolate acts as a glue to adhere the crumbled oatmeal cookies and toasted almonds to the popcorn for a Swedish inspired dessert-style movie popcorn.  

Ingredients
1 – 3.5 oz bag of popped popcorn
1 cup of milk chocolate chips
1 cup of broken crispy oatmeal cookies
1/2 chopped toasted almonds

Instructions

  1. Melt the milk chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring frequently. 
  2. Pour over the bowl of popcorn and stir in with the broken cookie pieces and almonds