Homemade Popcorn ~ Savory or Sweet


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Homemade Popcorn ~ Savory or Sweet recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Popcorn has been one of my favorite snacks as long as I can remember. A microwave (purchased primarily for popcorn) might have been my first big expense after I moved into my first apartment. Even before I started popping corn without the microwave, I loved topping that popcorn with everything from spices to cheese or most frequently chocolate.

When we stopped purchasing microwave popcorn a few years ago, I started making popcorn on the stove-top. After a year or so of making popcorn that way, we decided the inexpensive investment in a popcorn machine was well worth it. We’ve been using this machine* for several years now and we still use it on a regular basis.

Both of these recipes are for a full batch of popcorn as made in my air-popper. If you lack an air-popper, be sure to check out the stove-top method. My kids are so accustomed to air-popped corn now; they eat it plain 95% of the time. The recipes below are special treats that we look forward to for our movie nights.

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Salted Caramel Popcorn is insanely, absurdly, ridiculously addictive! I couldn’t stay out of it. My family devoured half a batch the first night I made it and I can guarantee that I ate far more than my share.

Homemade Popcorn ~ Savory or Sweet recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Peppery Garlic Parmesan Popcorn
Yield: 4 Servings
(printable recipe ~ Peppery Garlic Parmesan Popcorn)

½ cup popcorn kernels (14 – 16 cups popped popcorn)
2 tablespoons olive oil
granulated garlic or garlic powder
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
fresh Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, grated fine with a microplane

Drizzle the popcorn with olive oil and toss with hands, large spoon or tongs to thoroughly coat. Sprinkle generously with dried spices and toss to coat. Grate plenty of cheese over the top and toss again. Enjoy!

Salty Sweet Cinnamon Popcorn
Yield: 4-6 Servings
(printable recipe ~ Salty Sweet Cinnamon Popcorn)
½ cup popcorn kernels (14 – 16 cups popped popcorn)
¼ cup melted butter
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

While the corn is popping, melt the butter. Slowly drizzle the butter over the popcorn, tossing well to thoroughly coat. Stir together the sugar, salt and cinnamon; sprinkle over the popcorn and toss again to coat. Enjoy!

* Presto has no idea who I am. I simply like their product.

Homemade Popcorn ~ Savory or Sweet recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. EcoCatLady says

    I'm a popcorn fanatic… and a bit of a popcorn snob too. I bought a stovetop popper that has a twirling paddle and I totally LOVE it. You get the delicious flavor of stove popped popcorn without the hassle. Part of the trick is to use an oil with a high smoke point. I use grape seed oil for savory and coconut for sweet.

    One of my favorite ingredients for savory popcorn is nutritional yeast. Sounds crazy, I know, but it's totally delicious. Another favorite is soy sauce.

    I've been experimenting with kettle corn lately. I love the combination of the salty and sweet flavors. Some recipes say to add the sugar to the popper the same time you add the popcorn so it makes a nice caramelized coating, but I haven't been brave enough to try it.

    I'll have to give your recipes a try next time I get a chance. I fear most of the time it's butter and salt around here because CatMan is a strict traditionalist where popcorn is concerned. Sigh.

  2. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me says

    LOVE air-popped popcorn. Tell me about your machine – how it it with unpopped kernels? Our current machine is terrible and leaves so many unpopped or half-popped that we have to be really concerned about what we're biting into. This is the second one in a row that's done this. Would love to find one we know will pop more kernels and pop more fully.

    • Broad bean says

      Hi, I realise you posted this about two years ago but in case you still haven't found a good popcorn maker I can recommend the "Thinkgizmos" hot air popcorn maker, we've had it for almost two years now and it pops a lot more of the kernels than our previous model and also doesn't fling it all over the kitchen. We love it. HTH. Paula