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You know those days, when you’ve eaten dinner, but maybe it’s too late for dessert (or maybe you’ve already eaten dessert) and you still feel the need to munch? Maybe you’re watching a movie on a Friday night and to you, movies just aren’t complete without popcorn? Whatever your reason, sometimes we all just need a snack.

Enter the air popper. Yes, we have one. We’ve decided that this little unitasker is worth our precious cabinet space. You may feel otherwise, but we love our little popper.

One of our favorite snacks is freshly popped popcorn drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Yes, we kind of ripped the idea from Trader Joe’s (whose olive oil popcorn is practically like crack), but we’ve adopted it as our own.

Until now, however, we’ve stuck to plain old extra virgin. The fruitier the better. You’re only using a few tablespoons so you might as well use the good stuff. You may feel that popcorn is useless unless it is smothered in butter (and I think I’ve expressed my love for butter enough already this week), so let’s give the olive oil some love, too. Because it truly makes an otherwise ordinary snack extraordinary. This may be the shortest, simplest recipe I’ve ever posted. It may also be one of our all-time favorites.

Take it up another notch and use a fiery chili-infused olive oil, like the one the fine folks at Nudo were kind enough to send (they also sent me a sample of their stone ground lemon, which sounds divine, but maybe not on popcorn). But the chili… oh the chili! Spicy. Sassy. Delicious.

So for once (and I don’t say this often), put down the butter, and give this a try.

Olive Oil Popcorn

Makes 4 snack-size servings


1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 teaspoon table or popcorn salt (fine grain), or to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil of your choice


Place popcorn kernels in air popper and pop according to manufacturers directions (alternatively, you can make ‘air-popped’ popcorn in the microwave, simply put kernels in a brown paper bag. Fold over top of bag multiple times. Microwave on high for about 4 minutes or until the pops are more than 1 second apart).

Transfer popcorn to a large bowl (much larger than the actual quantity of popcorn). Drizzle over olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time, and toss to coat. Continue adding olive oil until you achieve your desired coverage. Sprinkle with salt again and toss until evenly coated.

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This wouldn’t be Giveaway Week without a giveaway, right? I am so pleased to be able to offer one of Nudo’s Three Tenors gift boxes to one of you. That’s right, one lucky reader will win a fabulous gift box with a sampling of some of Nudo’s most popular oils, including their basic extra virgin, stone ground lemon lemon, and the fiery chili-infused oil.

Would you believe, that after almost 4 years of blogging under this name, this is the first olive oil giveaway I’ve done? I should really put this name to better use…


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What is your all-time favorite snack?

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  1. my favorite snack is peak of season ripe, fresh fruit. so good. namely, figs. but i think it’s because they’re best for about a week out of the year (and only if you get them before the birds do!). but a peach or tomato or pear will do just fine and even better with a wedge of sharp cheddar..

  2. Crusty bread with butter and honey. Yum!

  3. I love pretzels and also clementines

  4. Anything fresh baked – cookies, cakes, muffins, breads

  5. Really good sour dough bread toasted with either a drizzle of olive oil or butter. I can eat a whole loaf of it……….!

  6. Cheese & crackers and wine :)

  7. Wow.. I never thought to put the olive oil on my popped popcorn. I usually pop it over the stove with olive oil, though. My favorite snack – really good crunchy tortilla chips with homemade salsa and guacamole. I can’t resist it!

  8. My all-time favorite snack is fresh-baked cookies and cakes. I also can’t say no to pita chips with hummus.

  9. I like your blog on Facebook (A. Mace).

  10. I have so many favorite snacks but if I have to pick one it would be tortilla chips and guacamole.

  11. Ice cream is so my favorite snack!

  12. It would have to be roasted garlic or cilantro hummus with pita chips for dipping. Y…U…M….

  13. Caramel popcorn – I love that sweet and salty crunch!

  14. Chips are good. So are pretzels. But stuck-on-an-island snack? Gotta go with popcorn with brewer’s yeast. But I will try olive oil and that!

  15. It’s hard to choose but my all-time favorite snack is gummy bears!!

  16. I tweeted. I’m @Fettbot!

  17. cheese -any cheese, though triple cream brie with some of your balsamic fig jam is great!

  18. I’ve always liked your blog, but now I do on facebook too!

  19. My favorite snack, is anything crunchy with cheese :)

  20. My favorite snack is chocolate ice cream, I love ice cream!

  21. Favorite snack: chips, salsa and guacamole. Guacamole with or on anything really. Thanks for the chance!

  22. I love snacking on warm popcorn and adding a bag of Reese’s Pieces. Yumm!

  23. I am also a fan on facebook. :))

  24. The classic chips and salsa. :D

  25. all time favorite snack? there are too many to choose from! i like ice cream, kettle corn, reese’s pieces, strawberries, chips & hummus….i could go on and on.

    fan on facebook right here!

  26. greek yogurt, fruit and some crunch :) (flax seeds, wheat germ, granola, nuts…)

  27. I love your idea of popcorn with olive oil, but I might insist on topping with some oregano and parmasean cheese. I love some homemade jalapeno poppers (jalapeno, cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked till crispy), and don’t tell anyone … cheetos!

  28. I love almond butter on a banana or cheese, any kind of cheese!

  29. I “LIKE” you on facebook as well.

  30. O MY CUPCAKES!!! My fave is caramel corn, oh yummilicious it is. I would love this popper so I could make it for my fam and friends, blessings, and a merry, and happy.

  31. Lately I’ve been craving hummus, because the good stuff is so hard to find, and frankly a little expensive unless you make it yourself. But it is like crack for me sometimes, served with any kind of fluffy, chewy naan. I go through phases where it’s my designated breakfast. White bean hummus, traditional garlic hummus, tomato & basil hummus, eggplant hummus. Goodness, I think I’ll have dreams about it tonight.

  32. And I am a fan on Facebook.

  33. My all time favorite snack is hummus with pita bread.

  34. I’m a fan on facebook as well!

  35. my all time favorite snack is (without a doubt) HUMMUS! with veggies, pita chips or veggie chips… or anything to get the hummus-y goodness into my mouth :)

  36. homemade tortilla chips with homemade pico de gallo! i was VERY spoiled when I worked at a restruant and still am spoiled since our good friends ran that restuant!!

  37. Love, love, love brie and apples. Wish the brie weren’t so fattening…

    I am a fan on facebook.

  38. looks and sounds yummie!!
    my favorite snack is cheese and pretzel thins… always takes care of the tiny little hungers in between meals.
    fan of yours on FB.

  39. I love popcorn, too! My other guilty pleasure snack is Cheez-Its. I only let myself buy them once a year, otherwise it would be insane! :) That olive oil looks A-MAZING. Yum.

  40. I’m a Facebook fan!

  41. My favorite snack is whatever cheese happens to be in the fridge – hopefully Wisconsin Cheddar or a Blue cheese.

  42. My favorite snack is a sweet red apple and some nice sharp cheddar cheese. Yum!

  43. I’m a fan on facebook!

  44. My favorite snack right now is greek yogurt with honey… mmm delicious

  45. I’m also a fan on facebook :)

  46. My favorite snack is popcorn, but I can’t eat it any longer since it aggravates my diverticulosis. I’m a fan of salty, savory snacks. Spiced nuts are great.

  47. I just friended you on facebook!

  48. One of my favorite snacks is good ole triscuits with very sharp cheddar and a grainy or hot and sweet mustard.

  49. I became a facebook fan!

  50. And I already like you on FB (Amber Shea F.)

  51. My housemate’s mom gave us an airpopper as a housewarming gift. Plain popcorn doesn’t really do it for me, but this just might. I will definitely have to try it.

  52. Ice cream, especially homemade.

  53. Ice Cream for me. 2 Tablespoons of whatever is my favorite flavor at the time.

  54. Homemade kale chips with olive oil, tamari and nutritional yeast. YUM!

  55. Manchego cheese on Indian flat bread is fabulous!!

  56. Flax chips from Costco and my homeade Hummus with Nudo Extra Virgin Olive oil and a glass of Red wine

  57. Tapiro- which is a pudding made from the sonoran elderberry bush – and a tortilla with melted butter. I don’t get it very often but hands down, would rather eat that than almost anything else.

    Also, am a fan on facebook!

  58. My all time favorite snack is kettle corn made with my whirly pop.

  59. this may sound weird to some, but I shovel lots of super chunky peanut butter into a bowl and pull it back out with celery sticks. plenty of fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt on the p’butter~

  60. My husband and I have popcorn every night of the week, seriously 7 nights a week! Looking forward to trying it with olive oil.
    :-) Mandy

  61. It’s really hard to pick an all-time favorite snack. I love snacking. I actually plan on snacking after dinner. Some people call it dessert. Right now I call it cereal time. It used to be peanut time (specifically a mix of honey-roasted and unsalted peanuts, which lasted until I went through 2 lbs of peanuts in 2 days and decided it was getting unhealthy). I went through a popcorn phase right after I got my wok and remembered that my dad always made popcorn in a wok. So right now, my favorite snack is: 1 cup of Kashi Go Lean cereal, 1 cup of rice crispies, stirred, no milk, munched on while watching 30 Rock on Netflix. Try it!

  62. I am really not much of a snacker. I have been on a major homemade sourdough cracker kick lately though

  63. already fb fan
    erin neu

  64. Fresh vegetables and hummus has to be my favorite thing to snack on. I also love tortillas with a little bit of butter on them.

  65. Also I am a fan on facebook

  66. Fan on facebook!

  67. Cut up apple with peanut butter- I forget how much I like them until my son asks for one,I sneak a bite and then want my own!

  68. Favorite snack is hummus, fresh french baguette and olives. If I’m dying for sweets I normally with grab a handful of almonds, mini chocolate chips and honey nut shredded wheat but I’m more of a savory girl.

  69. I’m a fan on Facebook too.

  70. Fave snack has got to be a good quality trail mix that includes nuts & chocolate. Or just chocolate covered nuts! Yum.

  71. I now follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter – @wendysuemcd

  72. I like Love and Olive Oil on facebook – Wendy McDaniel

  73. Veggies and hummus, hands down. Mmm.

  74. Believe it or not – my favorite is popcorn!

  75. Queso dip and chips!

  76. I love popcorn with LOTS of salt!

  77. My favorite snack is gummy bears!

  78. My favorite snack…I had to think long and hard about this and I decided that it’s nothing fancy and it’s totally filled with preservatives, but I <3 me some cheesey poofs. It must be something about the neon orange color that really draws me to them.

  79. I love popcorn, especially in the wintertime! Can’t wait to try Nudos olive oil popcorn…yum!!!

  80. How can I pick just one? Lately it actually has been popcorn. I’m pregnant and apparently craving salt, so popcorn or chips and salsa have been staple items lately :)

  81. Salt and Pepper Potato chips, crinkle cut.

  82. I LOVE chips and salsa! My husband loves going to Mexican restaurants, but hates that I eat all the chips. Inevitably, we end up there anyway and I eat all the chips :)

  83. I follow Love and Olive Oil on Facebook!

  84. My favorite snack is milk chocolate chips and Goldfish crackers. Yum!

  85. My favorite snack is wheat crackers with cream cheese and olives. Serve along side some mixed nuts and you’ve got a great snack that gives you the energy to keep going!

  86. Favorite snack is a hard one! Either some sliced pecorino with grapes, or ranch pretzels (made only with some oil, lemon pepper and a packet of Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix!).

  87. all-time favorite snack are pears and dubliner cheese. or chocolate chips and peanut butter (by the spoonful!)

  88. I just tweeted your giveaway. pick me! pick me! :)

  89. I also “liked” your page on facebook. this is serious, I don’t usually “like” anything on facebook. but, that’s how awesome olive oil and your blog are. :)

  90. I have a serious weakness for chips…love them.

  91. I’m a fan on FB.

  92. that’s tough! apple slices with peanut butter… or beef jerky… or cheese and crackers. i can’t decide.

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