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Step Up Your Snacking With 8 Sweet Popcorn Upgrades

Buttered, salted popcorn is a classic, and it will always have a place in our hearts. Seriously, it's always so hard to pass up splurging on movie theater popcorn; the buttery, savory aroma hits you all at once.

But don't let that limit you! Popcorn is not only super delicious, but it's also incredibly versatile and lends itself amazingly to a bunch of desserts that are pretty easy to make and will challenge you not to eat the whole dang bowl by yourself.

Kick your feet up this weekend and lay off the extensive baking -- instead, drizzle some goodness right on top of your favorite popped snack and go to town.

1. Cookies and Cream Popcorn

This recipe uses melted white vanilla almond bark to bind the crushed cookies to the popcorn, but feel free to use your favorite fudgy flavor.

2. Pumpkin Pie Spice White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

Can't get enough pumpkin spice in your life? Make sure it's not for lack of trying.

3. Red Velvet Popcorn

This craveworthy recipe is the perfect use for the unprecedented event that you ever have a couple slices of leftover red velvet cake…though we aren't totally sure that "leftover red velvet cake" is actually a real thing that exists. Let us know if you get to the bottom of this mystery.

4. Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Ohhh yeah… It's every bit as good as it sounds, too. Plus, there's a pretty easy basic caramel recipe on here that you might want to keep around for other purposes.

5. Maple Walnut Popcorn Balls

We'd never dream of badmouthing Rice Crispy Treats, but we do have to admit that it's nice to have a change of pace. Plus, the earthy chopped walnuts and smooth, deep sweetness of maple syrup are a divine combination with butter and marshmallows, and they are super cute, too!

6. Caramel Nutella Popcorn

We love caramel, we love hazelnut chocolate spread, and just like that, they were married.

7. Popcorn Cake

Yes, this is real, and it's no bake! Just mix up popcorn, candy, pretzels and melted marshmallows and mold it into your favorite cakey shape.

8. Buttered Caramel Popcorn Cake

If you are in the mood for a little more intensive baking, try this yellow cake topped with SALTED CARAMEL ITALIAN MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM (yes, that needed to be SHOUTED in all caps because it is THAT GOOD) and salted caramel corn. Feeling lazy? Just make the salted caramel corn and skip the middle man. No judgment here.