Learning how to make homemade cheddar cheese popcorn will change snacktime forever! Enjoy it on movie night or at the holidays!
This post contains affiliate links. If you click on one and buy something, Feast + West receives a small commission at no additional cost to you. All opinions are our own.
Popcorn has magical healing powers. I’m convinced.
It’s a cure for the inevitable afternoon snack craving.
It also helps the scary parts of the movies feel, well, a lot less scary.
Another magical quality: I’ve been missing my grandmother a lot lately, and popcorn always seems to make me feel closer to her.
She was the popcorn queen.
My grandmother always had a few Orville Redenbacher packets in her cupboards, ready for a spin in the microwave.
If we ever found ourselves at a festival that served popcorn, she was sure to buy a bag to share.
There is no kind of popcorn she would turn down.
Especially cheddar cheese popcorn.
It is often the star of Christmas popcorn tins and it is a valiant sidekick in Chicago popcorn mix.
How to make cheddar cheese popcorn
Cheddar cheese popcorn is so easy to make.
First, you need to start with popped popcorn. You can buy it pre-popped, or use a microwave bag.
But did you know a jar of popcorn kernels costs about the same as a box of six popcorn bags, and yet you can make three times the popcorn from it. There are lots of ways to make popcorn from home.
But my favorite way is with this magical microwave popcorn bowl.
It’s my favorite it because you can cook popcorn without greasy oil, it won’t burn as quickly and the silicone bowl collapses for easy storage when you’re not using it. Oh, and it’s easy to clean too! It’s magic, I tell you.
Now that you have your popped popcorn, it’s time to make it cheesy! The best part of all.
Which cheese powder is best for popcorn?
To make cheddar cheese popcorn, you will need dehydrated cheese powder to sprinkle all over your popcorn.
Cheese powder is great for flavoring other foods too, like macaroni & cheese, vegetables and casseroles.
You can also add it to pizza popcorn for a cheesy twist.
Here are a few types of cheese powder to try:
How do you get cheese to stick to popcorn?
But to get the cheese powder to stick to the popcorn, you will need to first coat it in melted butter that has been slightly cooled.
Salted or unsalted butter will work great. I typically use salted, but if you use unsalted you may wish to add some more salt to compensate.
Feel free to substitute vegan butter here if you like!
Up to you! Either way, you’ll love it. Be sure to store it in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for about two days — if you can wait that long!
Don’t forget to snap a photo and say cheese! (My grandmother definitely would.) // susannah
- 1/2 cup uncooked popcorn kernels (around 15 cups popped popcorn)
- 1/2 stick butter, melted
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese sprinkle
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Cook your popcorn kernels your preferred way. If using a silicone popcorn bowl, cook kernels in the microwave with the lid on for about 3 minutes on high, or until popping slows to 8 seconds between pops.
- While popcorn is cooling, melt butter in the microwave (around 45 seconds to 1 minute) and let cool slightly.
- Pour popcorn into a mixing bowl. Drizzle half the butter over popcorn, then sprinkle with half the cheddar cheese sprinkle. Stir with a spatula or wooden spoon. Repeat with the remaining butter and cheddar sprinkle, and season with salt, to taste. Enjoy!
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 3.5 cups popcorn
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 331mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g