Pizza Popcorn is the answer when you’re craving pizza and a movie. Buttery and sprinkled with herbs and cheese, this popcorn will satisfy all your wants and desires!
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Pizza Popcorn recipe
Every afternoon, around 3 or 4 p.m., it becomes popcorn o’clock at our house. Since my husband and I both work from home, it’s become our go-to snack. We take turns making a big batch to share.
Then one day I dreamed up this Pizza Popcorn. Craving pizza but trying to eat lighter? This popcorn is the answer. It’s tossed with melted butter or olive oil and sprinkled with cheese powder, herbs and pizza seasoning.
Pizza popcorn is perfect for movie night, for a mid-afternoon snack, even a late-night snack.
Why you’ll love this recipe
Pizza popcorn is the perfect snack or appetizer! It’s always a hit because….
- It’s easy to put together with ingredients you probably already have on hand.
- Pizza popcorn works beautifully as a movie night snack, afternoon snack or appetizer for a pizza party.
- You can customize it with your favorite pizza toppings.
How to make perfect popcorn
Though my love for popcorn goes back to childhood, this afternoon snack habit started when my husband and I got one of these popcorn bowls as a wedding present. These things are a total game changer.
You can make a huge, perfect batch of perfectly-popped popcorn, with no harmful chemicals, no paper waste, no burnt kernels. I’m serious. If you like popcorn, this bowl will change your life.
It took me a few tries to get it right, but it’s become one of our favorite recipes.
But if you don’t have one of these bowls, all you need is plain popcorn. You can buy it popped or you can pop kernels in the paper bag method or on the stove. Check out these methods for popping popcorn from The Cookful.
Pizza popcorn seasoning
To make pizza popcorn, you’ll need a few toppings to mix together.
The cheesy herb topping is what gives it alllllll the pizza flavor. You’ll need:
Italian herbs seasoning usually contains dried oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, basil and sage, so if you don’t have the mixed kind on hand, you could absolutely throw on some of these others. Oregano and basil will have the most pizza-ish (yes, I’m making that a word) flavor.
Best cheese powder for pizza popcorn
To mimic the mozzarella on pizza, white cheese powder works best to add cheesy flavor to popcorn.
White cheese powder is different than the yellow powder you get on cheddar cheese popcorn. The grated parmesan that comes in a bottle would work fine as a substitute or in addition.
Instead of the white cheese powder, you can use nutritional yeast for a vegan option (be sure to use olive oil as a binder, too.)
The red chili flakes will add some spice, so add those at your own risk, or just add a pinch. You could also sprinkle on some black pepper if you like.
Pizza popcorn toppings and mix-ins
If you want to add some more mix-ins to your pizza, here are some ideas:
- pepperoni, cut into small pieces
- dried pineapple chunks
- red pepper flakes
- bacon bits
- chopped fresh basil
How to get toppings to stick to popcorn
To get seasonings to stick to popcorn, it’s best to add some kind of binder, such as:
- melted butter
- olive oil
- avocado oil
For this pizza popcorn, I used a copious coating of melted butter. Half a stick sounds like a lot, but trust me — it helps with the flavor and getting the herbs to coat every kernel!
If you prefer something lighter, you can use a drizzle of olive oil instead.
How to make pizza popcorn
Start with a batch of plain, unflavored popped popcorn.
I typically pop a 1/4 cup of kernels in my silicone popcorn. Pop it in your microwave until the popping begins to slow down considerably until you can count about 2 seconds between pops.
While your popcorn is popping, mix together your cheese powder, salt and herbs.
Then, melt your butter. While it melts, pour the popcorn into a large bowl.
Pour half of the butter over your popcorn, then toss to coat. Then repeat with the other half. Tossing is important, so try to coat every single kernel.
Lastly, you’ll sprinkle half of your cheesy herb mixture over top, then toss and repeat. Don’t skip that step!
More pizza appetizers
Make a warm Pizza Dip with Breadstick Bites to start the party. Everyone will love dipping breadsticks into this cheesy dip.
Pizza Rolls in the Air Fryer would be a huge hit! These cheesy, stuffed treats will be gone in no time.
Anyone would love digging into this amazing Pepperoni Bread.
More popcorn recipes
- Movie Theatre Butter Popcorn
- DIY Christmas Popcorn Tins
- Puppy Chow Popcorn
- Chocolate Birthday Cake Popcorn
- Caramel Popcorn Recipe
- Pour popcorn into a large serving bowl or mixing bowl.
- In a small bowl, mix together the cheese powder, salt and seasonings and set aside.
- Pour half of the melted butter over your popcorn, then toss to coat. Repeat with the other half, and toss again.
- Sprinkle half of your cheesy herb mixture over top, then toss to coat. Repeat with the other half, and toss one more time.
I typically pop 1/4 cup kernels in my silicone popcorn bowl in the microwave. Three minutes on high is the magic number for me, but the trick is really to wait til popping slows to about 2 seconds between pops.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 492mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g