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Homemade Popcorn

Crunchy, buttery, light and airy with the perfect bite. Movie theatre style buttery popcorn that is ridiculously good and ridiculously easy. You’ll be wanting to climb in the bowl and lick the sides, it’s that good! 

A blue and white bowl with homemade popcorn in and around it

Homemade Popcorn

I’ve been making this delicious stovetop homemade popcorn for over four decades now and I think that makes me a near pro. I’m more than willing to share my secrets though. It’s easy anyway.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

  1. Coconut oil gives the popcorn the perfect flavor.
  2. The salt to butter ratio is perfect!
  3. I’ll show you how to keep the butter from wilting your popcorn.

 

Blue flowered bowl holding too much popcorn with some spilling over onto the white wooden counter

Homemade Popcorn

 

WHAT OIL SHOULD I USE FOR HOMEMADE POPCORN? 

  • Most people use vegetable oil for their homemade popcorn, but let me tell you, that’s starting off on the wrong foot. 
  • You want to use Coconut oil to make PERFECT homemade popcorn. 
  • Coconut gives your popcorn the perfect taste. 
  • You can cut the coconut oil with half vegetable oil to save money if you want, but make sure there’s some coconut oil in there. 
  • That’s what gives movie theatre popcorn its unique taste.

WHAT MAKES HOMEMADE POPCORN TOUGH? 

Most of the time homemade popcorn is tough for one of three reasons:

  1. The popcorn steamed too much while it was popping  OR
  2. You used popcorn that was old and out of date. Old popcorn = tough popcorn.
  3. Did you apply the butter while it was still hot? If so, it will make your popcorn tough.

HOW LONG DOES HOMEMADE POPCORN LAST? 

Once you pop homemade popcorn, it will be good for a day or so. Store it in a closed paper bag to retain freshness. 

WHAT DIETS CAN I EAT HOMEMADE POPCORN ON? 

Homemade popcorn does not work for…

  • Low Carb Diets
  • Keto Diets

Homemade popcorn MIGHT work on some other diets, you’ll have to look at nutrition information for your particular diet to find out. 

CAN I MAKE HOMEMADE POPCORN WITHOUT OIL? 

Your best bet for making any homemade popcorn without oil is by using an air popper. That recipe you’ll have to Google somewhere else. 

HOMEMADE POPCORN TOPPINGS

The list of homemade popcorn toppings is endless! In fact, you can find a 101 popcorn toppings right over here. A few we like at my house…

  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Truffle oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Cinnamon and Brown Sugar
  • Caramel
  • Nacho cheese
  • Salt and Vinegar
  • Ground black pepper

WHAT KIND OF SALT SHOULD I USE ON MY POPCORN? 

This is an IMPORTANT question! Only use POPCORN SALT on your popcorn.

Popcorn salt is ground up finer than regular salt and it clings to popcorn and hides in the nooks and crannies better!

You can find popcorn salt with the popcorn, popcorn toppings and other popcorn items at your grocery store.

 

WHAT KIND OF BUTTER TASTES BEST?

This is an important question too! 

To get the best buttery flavor, I recommend the following:  

  1. Melt a stick of butter on the stovetop. Allow it to cool to near room temp. Spoon the butter solids off the top and use that as your popcorn butter. You MUST wait until it is cool to apply it to your popcorn though, other wise, it will make your popcorn tough! 
  2. Melt a few tablespoons of ghee (found in the oil section of your grocery store) and use this as your popcorn butter. Only apply it to your popcorn once it is cooled. 
  3. Purchase popcorn oil and use it for the butter. You can find it with the popcorn in your grocery store.

 

HOW DO I POP THE POPCORN SO IT DOESN’T GET TOUGH? 

  • Please refer to the video that is in the recipe card below. 
  • You will need to make sure that the lid of the popcorn pot is vented sufficiently to let the steam out.
  • You can accomplish this by keeping the lid slightly out of kilter with the popcorn top. 
  • Be careful not to burn yourself. 
  • Consider purchasing a speciality made popcorn pot if you make popcorn a lot, it is designed to let the steam out during popping. 

IS APPLYING THE BUTTER IMPORTANT? 

Yes, applying the butter is of utmost importance! If you apply the butter while it is hot, it will cause your popcorn to be tough! Melt the butter WAY ahead of when you will be popping and allow the butter to cool to nearly room temp before spooning over. 

If you use just the butter solids that collect at the top of the melted butter, this will render the most buttery flavor AND help keep your popcorn from wilting. 

HOW TO STORE MY POPCORN

Once you have popped your popcorn, if you want to save some for later, it is best to store it in a paper bag and close the top as tightly as possible.

The paper bag will help keep your popcorn from becoming stale. 

EQUIPMENT I WILL NEED FOR POPPING POPCORN

You will need:

  • A saucepan with a lid to pop the popcorn
  • Small saucepan for melting butter
  • A spoon for skimming the butter solids off the top of the melted butter
  • Kitchen towel
  • Large bowl to pour the popcorn in to. 
  • Coconut Oil
  • Popcorn Salt
  • Butter
  • Fresh Popcorn

You might consider a stove top popper like this one if you pop a lot of corn at home. It allows the popcorn to vent, keeps it stirred and then has a handy pour spout. This is an affiliate link and you can click the photo to go straight through to go to Amazon to compare prices. If you purchase through this link, I will receive a commission (thank you very much). The commission doesn’t increase your price at all and it helps to support this website.

 

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Homemade Popcorn

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THE RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE POPCORN

Popcorn in a blue and white bowl on a wooden table

Homemade Popcorn

You are going to immediately wonder why you didn't start making your own homemade popcorn sooner.  It's fresh, tender, crunchy and delicious.  
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: perfect homemade popcorn, home popped popcorn
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes

Ingredients

  • 1 stick of butter - melted in the microwave vegan use butter alternative
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbs Coconut Oil – heaping
  • ½ cup corn for popping
  • Popcorn salt to taste

Instructions

  • Melt stick of butter in a microwave safe dish and set aside to cool. Set out a large bowl in which you will put your popcorn when it is popped. Put vegetable oil and coconut oil in a large stock pot that has a lid over medium high heat on the stove top. Put 3-4 kernels of popcorn in the oil to heat and put the lid on the pot. These kernels are indicators and when they pop, you will know that the oil is ready.
  • Add popcorn all at once and place the lid back on the pot. Using large kitchen pot holders, set the lid slightly askew and hold the pot with your hands on both sides so that you can shake the pot and hold the lid slightly askew at the same time. Begin shaking the pot gently back and forth over the burner. Make sure to keep the lid askew so that steam can escape – this keeps the popcorn crispy. Steam causes wilting. You will hear the popcorn begin to pop – keep shaking until the popcorn popping slows to one or two pops per second. Remove the pot immediately from the heat and pour immediately into the large bowl that you set out in step one. It is important to pour the popcorn into the other bowl to stop the cooking – so that popcorn does not become over cooked. Allow popcorn to cool for at least 5 minutes.
  • When popcorn is cooled and butter has also cooled, you will note that the butter has white solids floating on the top. With a spoon, skim the white solids off of the top of the butter and sprinkle over the top of the popcorn. Do not do this while the popcorn is hot or the butter is hot as this will cause the popcorn to shrivel and become wilted. Once both are cooled – it will make an excellent flavoring for your popcorn. You may add as much of the remainder of the butter that you like or reserve for another use. Sprinkle with Popcorn salt to taste. Use the Popcorn salt rather than typical table salt – popcorn salt is smaller and clings to the popcorn kernels better.

Notes

It's important to have fresh popcorn kernels
Be sure to vent the lid while shaking, the steam will make your popcorn wilt otherwise.
Use salt made specifically for popcorn, it has a finer grain and gets in the nooks and cranies better!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Popcorn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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***this post originally appeared on Loaves and Dishes on February 22, 2015. The post has been updated and reposted***

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Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~ Isaiah 40: 30-31

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Evie

Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Thanks for sharing. This is so much better than microwave popcorn. I'm definitely curious about what flavor the coconut oil gives it.

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Thanks Evelyn! I hope you love it!

Joan Priddy-Southern

Saturday 26th of January 2019

Ohhh Wendy- I am a popcorn lover- 2 or 3 times each week. In fact it can be a meal if no one is around for dinner but me. I loved your post and the Video! I'm a purist though- Popcorn ( only Orville Redenbacher's will do), Olive Oil and when it's done I salt it. I will have t try the popcorn salt though- I think that might be a plus. I need to shake things up a bit and try one of your toppings as well .... Thanks for a great post!!!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 27th of January 2019

Thanks Joan! Let me know how it goes!!

Moxie

Friday 2nd of February 2018

Hello popcorn

Death

Sunday 1st of March 2015

Magnificent web site. Plenty of useful info here. I am sending it to several buddies ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks for your sweat!

wendi.spraker@yahoo.com

Sunday 1st of March 2015

Hey thanks! :)

Gonzo the Great

Friday 27th of February 2015

Love the blog! I make popcorn on the stove, too - the only way I will eat it. But my hack is that I use a grease spatter guard as the lid on the top of my pot - easy to hold onto with the handles on the pot; allows all the steam to escape; don't have to worry about steam "scalds" (I just made that up, but I bet you know what I mean) from the steam escaping through the side of the pan.

wendi.spraker@yahoo.com

Friday 27th of February 2015

Gonzo - GREAT IDEA!!! I always just put on my giant oven mitts - tilt the lid a little and shake away. The grease spatter guard is even a better idea!!! I'm going to update the post and ask people to read the comments for your great idea! Thanks!

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