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How to make your own dill pickle popcorn seasoning

Addie Broyles
You can make a popcorn seasoning with dill, coriander, mustard, garlic and citric acid, which is available in the canning section of many grocery stores. [Addie Broyles/American-Statesman]

Pickle popcorn has been around for much longer than pickle sunflower seeds, but if you can't make it to Cornucopia, the locally owned popcorn shop that has been selling dill pickle popcorn for about a decade, you can make a pickle popcorn seasoning at home.

If you want that signature acidity found in vinegar pickles, you'll have to seek out citric acid, either in a high-end grocery store with a large spice and baking section, or, if you're lucking, in the canning department of a supermarket. Instead of using a spice grinder, you can use ground spices instead of the seeds and mix the ingredients together in a bowl.

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Dill Pickle Popcorn Seasoning

Pickle popcorn is just one thing you could make with this seasoning mix. Try adding it to salad dressings, sautes, marinades or rubs. Use more dill or ground dill seeds, if you have them. The citric acid adds much-needed sourness to the seasoning mix, so seek it out or order it online if you really want a strong pickle flavor. Some grocery stores sell it in the bulk spice section or with the canning supplies.

— Addie Broyles

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 1/2 teaspoon dried dill

1/2 teaspoon citric acid (optional)

In a spice grinder, pulse all of the ingredients to a fine powder. Sprinkle on buttered popcorn.

— Adapted from a recipe on