(Better than at the Cinema) Sweet Popcorn

How to make sweet popcorn at home that tastes even better than at the cinema, including four different ways to pop your corn.

How to make sweet popcorn at home that tastes even better than at the cinema, including four different ways to pop your corn.

Since Christmas we have a new tradition in our house – Sunday film night. It’s something we’d attempted to start in the past but the boys never seemed to have a long enough attention span. Finally it’s working and it’s something we look forward to every week. We’ve recently subscribed to both Netflix and Amazon Prime and so try to choose things on there if we can. If you’ve got any recommendations for films the boys would enjoy on there (they’re 4 and 6) that Jon and I could happily sit through too then let me know in the comments.

One big part of family film night is the food. I always make a picnic-style tea which we eat together in the lounge and a big bowl of homemade sweet popcorn for pudding. It’s so simple to make and much cheaper than buying it ready-made.

How to make sweet popcorn at home that tastes even better than at the cinema, including four different ways to pop your corn.

Four ways to pop corn at home

Homemade popcorn is unbelievably simple to make and there’s a few different ways to do it, so hopefully you’ll find a way that works for you. Personally I find that popcorn pops a bit better in the microwave (it can get a bit too dry on the hob) so I’d recommend using 1, 2 or 3 below if you can.

For all of these you’ll need 80g of popping corn for four people (it really doesn’t look like a lot when you first put it in, but it really does grow as it pops). If you’re popping your corn on the hob then you’ll need 1 tsp of oil too (any flavourless oil such as groundnut or vegetable).

How to make sweet popcorn at home that tastes even better than at the cinema, including four different ways to pop your corn.

BEFORE YOU START – AN IMPORTANT WARNING

Whichever of these methods you choose it’s very important that you don’t leave your corn unattended while it’s popping. Popcorn has a very low water content which makes it quite flammable. As long as you get it off the heat/turn off the microwave as soon as the popping stops you’ll have no problem. But if you leave it cooking for longer than it needs it can catch fire and believe me, trying to get the smoke smell and stains out of a microwave isn’t the easiest (I sadly know from experience after getting side-tracked recently whilst making popcorn by a tricky game of hide and seek!).

1) In the microwave in a special popcorn bowl

There are quite a few different microwave popcorn bowls available in the shops. I have a Lékué microwave popcorn bowl which I use to pop my corn (and it doubles as a serving bowl too). It’s a flexible bowl (which means it can be squashed down for storage) and a loose lid that allows the popcorn to expand without escaping from the bowl.

If you don’t make popcorn very often then this probably isn’t something you need, but if like us you’re a regular homemade popcorn maker then it’s worth getting.

  1. Put your popcorn into the bowl and put on the lid.
  2. Put it into the microwave, set the timer for 3 minutes on high and press “Start”.
  3. You’ll hear the corn starting to pop. Once the popping sounds die down to around one per second stop the microwave and remove the bowl.

2) In the microwave in a brown paper bag

If you don’t have a microwave popcorn maker then a paper bag also works well. You’ll want one which is nice and big so your corn has room to pop without escaping.

  1. Put your popcorn into a large brown paper bag and crease the top over a few times to stop the popcorn escaping.
  2. Put it into the microwave, set the timer for 3 minutes on high and press “Start”.
  3. You’ll hear the corn starting to pop. Once the popping sounds die down to around one per second stop the microwave and remove the bag.

3) In the microwave in clingfilm covered bowl

If you don’t have a microwave popcorn bowl or a brown paper bag then this way works too (although I have found the odd piece of popcorn escaping using this method).

  1. Put your popcorn into a large microwavable bowl and cover with 3 layers of microwavable cling film (you need more than one layer of cling film as the popping corn can pierce a single layer and escape out of the bowl).
  2. Pierce a few small holes in the cling film (use a skewer to keep the holes small, allowing air to escape but not popcorn).
  3. Put it into the microwave, set the timer for 3 minutes on high and press “Start”.
  4. You’ll hear the corn starting to pop. Once the popping sounds die down to around one per second stop the microwave and remove the bowl.

4) In a large saucepan on the hob

If you prefer you can make your popcorn in a large saucepan (with a lid) on the hob.

In addition to the popping corn you’ll also need 1 tsp oil ( a flavourless oil such as vegetable or groundnut is best).

  1. Put your oil into a large saucepan and use a piece of kitchen towel to rub it around the inside of the pan.
  2. Put the popcorn into the saucepan and put the lid on. Place the pan onto a medium/high heat, shaking occasionally to stop the corn sticking.
  3. Once the pan is hot enough the corn will start to pop, leave it on the heat until the popping sounds have died down to about 1 every second.
  4. As soon as the corn has popped remove the pan from the heat and pour the popcorn into a large bowl (it’s important not to leave the corn in the pan as the residual heat will cause it to burn).

How to make sweet popcorn at home that tastes even better than at the cinema, including four different ways to pop your corn.

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Sweet Popcorn

How to make sweet popcorn at home that tastes even better than at the cinema.
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 80 g popping corn
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar any variety works fine for this recipe. I usually use dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp oil if popping the corn of a hob – not needed if you’re using the microwave

Instructions

  • Pop your corn using one of the four methods outlined above.
  • Once your corn has popped, make the sauce. I like to make mine in a large saucepan so I can tip the popcorn in to coat it in the sauce once it’s ready.
  • Put all of the sauce ingredients into a large saucepan over a low heat (2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp golden syrup, 2 tbsp brown sugar). Stir the mixture until the butter and sugar have melted and all ingredients are fully combined.
  • Turn off the heat and tip in the popped corn. Stir until the popcorn is coated in the sauce (I often put on a lid and give it a shake to get it all well coated).
  • Serve.

Notes

As the popcorn cools it may stick together. It’s easily broken apart with your hands before serving.

Recipe Type: Snack
Have you tried this recipe?Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 3.5% | Calcium: 0.5% | Iron: 3.4%
Any nutritional information shown is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

How to make sweet popcorn at home that tastes even better than at the cinema, including four different ways to pop your corn.

Free From/Suitable For…

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Egg-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free
  • Soy-Free

Can be made vegan and diary-free by switching the butter for a dairy-free spread or coconut oil.

The ingredients for this recipe are easily available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

How to make sweet popcorn at home that tastes even better than at the cinema, including four different ways to pop your corn.


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32 Comments:

  1. Omgosh- you were right… this is the best popcorn recipe ever Thank you

  2. I’ve made this twice now and it’s been a hit in our house. I recommend the movies little rascals and Dennis, their quite old movies but very funny my two boys loved them.

  3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with the grandchildren. Toffee popcorn was the perfect thing to nibble on.

  4. A few more film suggestions for you – Paddington, Kung fu panda, Trolls, Up and Toy Story are all favourites with my two. We love your popcorn recipe.

  5. We have movie night as well in our house. Any of the Lego films, Shrek, Arthur Christmas and Cars are all quite enjoyable. We have used your popcorn recipe a few times now and have had empty bowls every time!

  6. Why are the ingredients and the method amounts different ?

  7. me and my family watched home alone with this popcorn, and it was amazing! thank you so much!

  8. Re: Movies . If they like dogs your children would enjoy the old movie “Homeward Bound: the incredible journey.” “Mrs. Doubtfire” was also a big hit at that age. Both are also engaging for the grownups.

    • Thanks for the recommendations. I used to love Mrs Doubtfire but I haven’t seen it for years. I’ll have to watch it with them.

  9. i made this for movie night and its delicious thanks

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