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How To Make Cheese Popcorn in Two Different Ways


Cheese popcorn: you either love it or hate it.

For some popcorn lovers, there’s no substitute for a sweet taste sensation like chocolate popcorn, but not everyone has such a sweet tooth.

If you’re a committed fan of savory popcorn and you also love lashings of butter with your favorite kernels, you’re in for a treat today.

Some people insist on using real cheese while others prefer using powdered cheese. To cater for this, we’ll be giving you two recipes for cheese popcorn today so you can make it just the way you prefer.

Whichever method you choose, you won’t need much by the way of ingredients, and the popcorn will be ready in minutes flat, too.

We understand everyone is crunched for time these days, so we suggest making popcorn in the microwave.

If you prefer more of a hands-on experience, you could use a popcorn maker instead.

The choice is yours, then. Use a microwave, a stovetop popcorn maker, or an electric hot oil popcorn maker depending on your preferences.

You can also choose between using real grated cheddar cheese or the powdered cheese like that you find on Doritos tortilla chips. When you’re using fresh cheese, adding some butter will help this stick more effectively to the popcorn.

Whenever you’re making popcorn, you’re starting with a blank canvas, so feel free to customize this canvas to suit.

Feel free to throw in some grated Parmesan if you want an even more piquant taste, and you could also throw in some herbs and spices. Experiment and see what works, it’s all part of the fun. For some extra heat, add some curry powder, cayenne powder, or paprika.

Sounds tempting, right?

Well, it’s time for the main event now:

  1. How To Make Cheese Popcorn with Real Cheddar Cheese
  2. How To Make Cheese Popcorn with Powdered Cheese

I. How To Make Cheese Popcorn with Real Cheddar Cheese



The beauty of each of these recipes lies in the simplicity and the ease of execution.

First, grab some basic supplies:

What You Need

  • Microwave popcorn (1 full-size bag) or whole kernels (1/2 cup)
  • Grated cheddar cheese (1/4 cup)
  • Butter (6 tablespoons)

What To Do

  1. Gather up all your ingredients
  2. Prepare your popcorn either in the microwave or on the stovetop. Alternatively, use a popcorn maker
  3. Put the butter into a microwave-safe container and microwave for 20 seconds. If you prefer using the stovetop, you should use a low heat. Stir the butter every 20 seconds and continuing heating until all the butter has melted
  4. Sprinkle the grated cheese all over the top of your popcorn. Drizzle the melted butter over the top
  5. Toss the popcorn so it’s completely smothered in tasty cheese!

II. How To Make Cheese Popcorn with Powdered Cheese


If you prefer a taste and aroma more in line with Doritos, try this approach to making cheese popcorn harnessing cheese powder. If you can’t find this in the supermarket or grocery store, buy a box of mac and cheese. The packets of cheese flavoring bundled are perfect for this recipe.

What You Need

  • Melted butter (6 tablespoons)
  • Cheddar cheese powder (1/2 cup)
  • Mustard powder (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Popped popcorn (6 cups) or popcorn kernels (1/3 cup)
  • Salt (1/2 teaspoon)

What To Do

  1. Put the cup of kernels inside a medium-sized brown paper bag. Roll the top of the bag closed
  2. Microwave your kernels until you can hear them popping at the rate of one kernel every second
  3. If you decide to make your own popcorn in a popcorn maker, do this instead of microwaving kernels
  4. Put the popcorn and butter into a large paper bag. Combine this by shaking the bag as you slowly pour in the butter
  5. Roll this bag closed and shake vigorously
  6. Mix the cheddar cheese powder, salt, and mustard powder in a small bowl
  7. Sprinkle the mixture all over your popcorn as you continue shaking the bag
  8. Serve and enjoy immediately!

Note: If you dislike cooking with butter, feel free to swap this out for either coconut oil or ghee. If you are using Parmesan, garlic powder, or rosemary, you could also use a splash of olive oil.

OK, to round out today, a handful of fun facts about cheese popcorn.

III. Cheese Popcorn Facts

  • Cheese popcorn can be traced back to the tail-end of the nineteenth century when flavored popcorns first started cropping up
  • Back in 1989, white cheddar pre-popped popcorn was the most rapidly growing segment of the popcorn market
  • Most cheese popcorn makes use of either white cheddar or yellow cheddar, but you can make any variety of cheese popcorn, as long as the cheese can be turned into powder
  • Cheese powder is dehydrated This is made by melting fresh cheese and then spraying it through a super-hot dryer. The resultant powder is thick and velvety, absolutely ideal for making cheese popcorn
  • The first white cheddar cheese popcorn brought to market was by Smartfood way back in 1985
  • Even today, almost half of all popcorn sales involve cheese popcorn

IV. Conclusion

Whether you’re itching to put your new popcorn maker through its paces or you fancy a quick microwave snack, we hope you are now confident about how to make cheese popcorn. Not only are these recipes incredibly quick and easy to make, but they’re also exceptionally tasty!

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