How to make butter popcorn, butter popcorn recipe

Can you put butter in an air popper?

Same as with an oil popper: you put it on after popping. Some hot air poppers have a small tray that you can use to melt butter using the warm air, then dump it on. You can‘t pop popcorn directly in the butter. There’s too much water in butter, and proteins burn at the temperatures required to pop corn.


22. Peppermint Bark

It’s crunchy and sweet with a little bit of spice. If you’re looking for the perfect holiday treat, this is it right here.

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What is the Difference Between Yellow and White Popcorn Kernels?

So you are strolling down the aisle looking for popcorn kernels when all of a sudden you see more options than you’d ever imagined. Most likely, there are a variety of white and yellow popcorn kernels. Some might be organic, others not. You might even see an heirloom mix or blue kernels, too.

White and yellow kernels are the two most common popcorn kernel varieties, so let’s dive deeper into the differences between the two.

I always had an inkling that white popcorn kernels

I always had an inkling that white popcorn kernels resulted in a smaller, more delicate batch of popcorn, and once I did a little more research, I found that in fact, it was true. According to Peggy Woodward in her Taste of Home article:

White popcorn kernels are smaller, more delicate kernels than their yellow counterparts. Yellow kernels tend to pop larger, and are sturdier. As in its name, yellow kernels are also slightly tinted yellow, giving them a ‘buttery’ appeal.

If movie-theater-style popcorn is what you’re after, I recommend using yellow popcorn kernels for their sturdiness. They’ll hold up a little better to your toppings, too, with their large, fluffy shape.

At the end of the day, when you have a popcorn cra

At the end of the day, when you have a popcorn craving, you can choose either type of kernel and be totally set with a bowl of perfectly popped popcorn. Sometimes I even mix the two for added variety.

12. Thai Curry

To me, curry is one of the most delicious things in the world. I’m drawn to its distinct flavor like a moth to a flame.

I never thought to use it on popcorn, though. So when I stumbled upon this recipe, you can imagine my glee!

If you are curry-obsessed like me, you should definitely give this one a try.

What kind of oil is used for popcorn?

Choose your cooking oil carefully.

Extra virgin olive, walnut or avocado oils are best. Canola oil is the next best option. Flax seed and wheat germ oil shouldn’t be heated, so they don’t really work for popping popcorn. Use palm and coconut oils sparingly because of their high saturated fat content.

Homemade Popcorn Seasoning

Now that you’ve perfected making stovetop popcorn, the options are limitless when it comes to making a variety of homemade popcorn seasoning flavors. Here are a couple of my favorites:

🥶 Cold Butter

If you aren’t buttering all your popcorn at once, you will need to deal with cooling butter. As butter cools it will naturally start to solidify. That could cause some issues.

If you are having that problem, you can add a small amount of a neutral tasting oil to help the butter to continue flowing. When you buy a spreadable butter at the grocery store, often oil has been added to it, so it’s softer when cold. You are applying that same principle here.

I prefer to use all the butter up before it cools or keep it warm.

Get Seasoning To Stick To Popcorn With 3 Simple Ways

There are many ways to help you pop popcorn at home, so the way to make the seasoning stick to popcorn will be slightly different from other types of popcorn.

Therefore, I will divide it into three separate cases to make it easier to visualize and apply the method more rationally. But first, you should see if your popcorn kernels spoil. It’s always better to start off your recipe with fresh kernels, don’

1. Stovetop Popcorn

Note the two essential stages in attaching seasoni
Note the two essential stages in attaching seasoning to stovetop popcorn

It is considered the most popular way to make popcorn when there’s no popcorn makers. To season the popcorn with this method, you should remember to keep two essential points in mind.

Before Popping

Before popping the popcorn, you should coat the kernels with some oil to help them pop and create some binder for your seasoning. The ideal ratio is to use 1 tablespoon of oil for ¼ a cup of kernels to make a thin oil coating without getting your popcorn soggy.

Sprinkle a little salt quickly to coat the filling lightly before the popcorn cools down. While the popcorn is popping, shake the pan gently to pop evenly and absorb the oil better.

After Popping

If you forget to add the seasonings before the popcorn has finished popping, do not worry because you still have the proper treatment. Pour the popcorn into a bowl, add a binder like oil, butter, or whatever you like, such as Tabasco, vinegar, or honey.

To prevent it from getting soggy, use a spray mister to coat the popcorn and sprinkle some of your favorite seasonings. Shake the popcorn well in the bowl and make a few more times once the flavors are right. Let’s enjoy it.

2. Air Popped Popcorn

As mentioned before, air poppers can give your snack a dry texture. However, this doesn’t mean you have to give up on this convenient method. Knowing how to cleanse popcorn makers can somewhat address the issue, or you can check out the method below:

Using Oil/ Butter

As I said above, you should use some adhesives for your popcorn to “stick” with the seasoning. Oil and butter are the most viable candidates for this purpose due to their availability and lip-smacking flavors.

Oil and butter are some of the most popular ways t
Oil and butter are some of the most popular ways to help the seasoning stick to the popcorn


Step 1: Melt butter or use some oil.

Step 2: Use a spray mister to apply the oil/melted butter to your popcorn. If you don’t have a spray mister, you can drizzle the fats onto your snack, but make sure you do it slowly and evenly to prevent the popcorn from becoming soggy.

Step 3: Use your favorite seasoning powder to sprinkle evenly on the popcorn

Step 4: Wrap your hands on both sides of the bowl and shake to mix the popcorn with the seasoning.

Step 5: Continue to coat some butter/oil over the popcorn and repeat the process of shaking and tossing the popcorn. You can repeat this process 2-3 times until you feel your popcorn has enough flavor.

Here is the way I shake and toss my air-popped popcorn

Watch this video: How To Make The Best Air Popped Popcorn

Without Using Oil/ Fats/ Butter

Besides oil or butter, you can use other ingredien
Besides oil or butter, you can use other ingredients to make a binder for seasoning.

Suppose you want to enjoy a healthy bowl of popcorn without oil and fat; how to make the seasoning stick to popcorn without oil and butter. Extremely simple.

You just need to prepare one of the following ingredients, such as Tabasco, honey, water, vinegar, saltwater, lemon juice, etc., to create a binder for seasoning.


Step 1: Prepare some adhesive liquid of your preferences.

Step 2: Pour the popcorn into a bowl and drizzle some liquid over the popcorn. Use a mist to wet over the surface of the popcorn, do not pour a large amount of liquid to avoid your popcorn getting soggy.

Step 3: Sprinkle the seasoning (powder) evenly on the popcorn.

Step 4: Shake the bowl of popcorn well so that the seasoning is evenly absorbed.

Step 5: Repeat the process until the seasoning is evenly absorbed.

Get tips on how to get the seasoning to stick to popcorn without oil and butter. You can see this video to know more:

Watch this video: How To Get Popcorn Seasoning To Stick To Popcorn Without Butter

Steaming The Popcorn

Sufficient steam can help moisten the popcorn, mak
Sufficient steam can help moisten the popcorn, making the seasoning easy to stick.

Strange as it may sound, steaming is a fantastic way to ensure that the seasoning stays on your popcorn. If you are down to experimenting with new ways to spice up your popcorn, the instructions below are definitely made for you.


Step 1: Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and pour your favorite kind of popcorn into a colander.

Step 2: Place the colander containing the popcorn over the pot of boiling water.

Step 3: Coat the popcorn in the steam by stirring the popcorn in the colander.

Step 4: This is the most critical time to make the seasoning stick to the popcorn. Sprinkle the seasoning evenly over the popcorn; the steam will make the perfect binder for the seasoning.

Step 5: Note that you should not steam your popcorn for more than 30 seconds. Extended exposure to moisture will give your snack a soggy texture.

3. Microwave Popcorn

You can add a little seasoning before popping the
You can add a little seasoning before popping the popcorn in the microwave.

Besides the stovetop popcorn method, the microwave is also a quick and convenient way to enjoy great popcorn. To make your popcorn more evenly spiced, you can apply the method below.

Before Popping

Prepare a paper bag to whip up some popcorn. To make popcorn crispy and absorb the seasoning evenly, you definitely can not forget the oil or butter. Brush a little oil to coat one side of the bag evenly.

Fun fact: This is one of the requisite steps to make your popcorn colorful. Butter and oil are powerful binding agents, allowing seasonings/food coloring to stick to your popcorn; so always make sure you have some when preparing this crunchy snack.

Then, put a portion of your kernels in the bag with some of your favorite seasonings. Fold the mouth of the bag about 2-3 times to seal it.

The next thing you need to do is shake the bag to evenly distribute the seasoning on the popcorn and put it in the microwave.

Note that when placing in the microwave, you should put the oiled and buttered part facing up. After about 2-3 minutes, you have the full flavor of buttered popcorn right away.

Getting seasonings to stick to microwave popcorn easily with this method.

Watch this video: How to Get Seasonings to Stick to Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn

After Popping

If the taste is not to your liking, you can add more flavors like air-popped or stovetop popcorn. Pour the popcorn into a bowl, mist with some binder (oil, butter, Tabasco, vinegar, etc.). Sprinkle with seasoning and shake well.

Repeat the process until you have the right popcorn flavor.

How to make Movie Popcorn YELLOW!

For a truly authentic Movie Popcorn experience, this recipe includes an option to make your popcorn yellow!

After many many batches of popcorn, I’ve settled on a combination of imitation saffron and tumeric powder as the best way to add an authentic yellow colour to the popcorn. I dissolve it in a touch of water, then swirl it around in the butter before adding the kernels.

Caveat: You will get yellow fingers and tongue, just like when you indulge in Cheetos and Cheezels! There is also the slightest hum of warmth left on your tongue from the spices, barely noticeable. None of my friends noticed it – until I probed them repeatedly!!!

For fellow food nerds interested in how I landed on this: The spices have to be dissolved in a touch of water because they don’t dissolve or seep into fat. This was also the problem with normal yellow food colouring – it doesn’t dissolve in fat. I tried emulsifying it by shaking in a jar with the butter, grinding with salt and sprinkling. I also found that using both spices achieved the colour I was after – tumeric alone makes the popcorn a crazy neon yellow colour, while saffron comes out a cheddar orange colour. 

Phew! Who knew I could write so much about po

Phew! Who knew I could write so much about popcorn??!!

I will tell you this though. Putting aside the yellow colouring, because that really is optional, Homemade Movie Popcorn is insanely addictive. It’s buttery in a way that just dousing with normal melted butter never will be. It’s lightly and evenly salted in a way that you can’t achieve just by using normal cooking or table salt.

And the best part?

IT STAYS CRISP FOR DAYS. As in – perfectly crispy.

Start thinking about how you’re going to smuggle this into the cinema. Because honestly, it’s almost criminal how expensive movie popcorn is to buy!!! – Nagi x

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