In the popcorn community, there is one thing that always causes a divide, and that is whether sweet or savory popcorn is better. In the same way that pineapple on pizza divides lovers of this Italian cuisine, sweet and savory popcorn draws a clear line through the popcorn community.
That is because many people only like one or the other, with a lot of people opting for the sweet toppings.
But, there is no denying that savory popcorn is great too. There are a lot of different flavors for you to choose from, with salted being by far the most popular. However, one of the most underrated flavors of popcorn is cheese.
Cheese is great no matter what you add it to, and it just makes everything taste better. So, of course it tastes great on popcorn.
If you love cheese popcorn, then you are probably wondering how to make it. Keep on reading to find out how in this handy guide.
What Is Cheese Popcorn?
First things first, let’s take a look at what cheese popcorn is. As the name suggests, cheese popcorn is a type of savory popcorn that is designed so that it tastes like cheese.
It is one of the most popular flavors of savory popcorn, and it is easy to see why, because let’s face it, cheese makes everything taste better.
If you haven’t tried cheese popcorn before, then you might have visions of this style of popcorn being very messy to eat.
That is likely because your mind might conjure up ideas of nacho cheese style sauce poured over a bowl of popcorn. But, that isn’t what cheese popcorn is. Instead, cheese popcorn is regular popcorn that has cheese powder added to it.
On its own, cheese powder tastes pretty gross. But, when you add it to popcorn, you will quickly realize that it is actually pretty delicious. A lot of companies produce and sell cheese popcorn, so there are lots of options for you to choose from.
Alternatively, you could try making cheese popcorn yourself. But is this something that you can do at home? Let’s find out.
Can You Make Cheese Popcorn At Home?
If you have been tempted to give cheese popcorn a try from what you have read so far, it is likely that you are wondering if you can make it at home.
While there are lots of companies that sell popcorn kernels that are coated in cheese, you can’t beat popcorn that you pop yourself at home.
There is simply nothing that can beat that fresh home-cooked flavor. So is this something that you can make yourself?
Well, you will be pleased to know that yes, you can make cheese popcorn yourself at home. In fact, this is something that people have been doing for a long time.
The great benefit of popcorn is that as long as you have the facilities to make the popcorn itself, you will always be able to make any flavor that you want. This is primarily because the flavoring is added to the popcorn after it is cooked.
So, if you want to try making your own cheese popcorn, this is absolutely something that you can do. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how you make this delectable treat.
What You Need To Make Cheese Popcorn
Before we take a look at the method for making your own cheese popcorn, let’s take a look at what you need to do this job.
Well, popcorn only takes a few minutes to make, so as you would expect, the number of ingredients that you need for this job is only small too. In fact, all you need is 3 ingredients.
- Unpopped popcorn kernels
- Cheddar cheese powder
We would recommend using your favorite brand of popcorn kernels for the job. That way, you know that you will enjoy it. If you wish, you can even use hulless popcorn to do this.
Aside from these ingredients, all you need is a pan (to pop the popcorn in), and a large bowl. That’s it. So, once you have this small list of things gathered, you are ready to get started.
How To Make Cheese Popcorn
To make cheese popcorn, the first thing that you need to do is make your popcorn. If you are using your regular brand of popcorn, then you should simply pop the kernels in a pan or in the microwave, as you usually would.
The only thing that you have to remember is that you shouldn’t add any toppings in the process. If you are using a new brand of popcorn, then simply follow the instructions on the packet to get your popcorn cooked.
Once you have popped your popcorn, we would recommend gathering 6 cups of popcorn if you are serving 2 people, or 12 cups if you are serving 4 people. You should then pour these cups of popcorn into the large bowl that we spoke of earlier.
Next, you should add 3 tablespoons of butter (6 tablespoons if you are serving 4) to a smaller bowl, and put it in the microwave for a few seconds. With the butter melted, you should then pour it over the popcorn. Then toss the popcorn by shaking the bowl to ensure that the popcorn is all covered in butter.
Finally, add ¼ cup of cheddar cheese powder (½ a cup if serving 4) to the bowl, and shake it once more. Ensure that you toss the popcorn thoroughly to ensure that it is completely covered in the cheese powder. The cheese powder will stick to the butter, so you don’t have to worry about it going to waste.
Then all that there is left to do is enjoy! So pop on your favorite film and sit back with your delicious bowl of homemade cheesy popcorn.
In short, making your own cheesy popcorn isn’t as difficult as you might expect. We have taken a look at what it is, and how to make it in this guide. So, if you want to find out more, check out the guide above.