palomitas de maíz – popcorn
pah-loe-MEE-tahs day mah-EESS; sustantivo femenino
A su hermana le gusta comer palomitas de maíz en el cine.
Her sister likes to eat popcorn at the movie theater.
The singular form, palomita, is a piece of popcorn. In speech, palomitas is often used without de maíz, thus, Me encantan las palomitas.
Like many plants and foods, the Spanish word for popcorn varies from country to country. Some examples are: pipocas in Bolivia, poporopos in Guatemala, and rosetas in parts of Spain. There are many others. If you’re not sure of the regional word, just throw a couple of possiblities into the conversation and ask what word your companions use. They will be glad to tell you, and you may be able to teach them a word or two, as well.