Today (June 1) was my birthday. 30th birthday to be exact. 🙂
After a FUN day at the Santa Monica Pier, I’m now about to enjoy a movie with my hubby and my sister. What is the best thing to eat with a movie?
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE popcorn.
I’ve tried all sorts of types of popcorn and after lots of trial and error, here is my FAVORITE way to make a yummy bowl of popcorn.
First off, you need a popcorn air popper.
Trust me, buy an air popper if you don’t have one. I got mine at Wal-Mart for like ten bucks. In the long run, you will also save bookoos of money popping your own instead of buying microwave popcorn.
Next, and this is important so listen closely… buy a bag each of yellow and white popcorn. In a large ziploc or container mix both bags together.
(I buy the generic popcorn and it’s about 20x cheaper than the name brand and IMO tastes the exact same.)
These two bags will last you foreveh!
The trick to amazing popcorn is using both yellow AND white popcorn mixed together.
You’ll also need some butter and white cheddar popcorn seasoning. Oh, and a little tiny microwave safe bowl.
(In case you care, my little glass bowl is Pampered Chef – came in a set of 6 I think – and holds a cup. LOVE IT.)
Here’s a close-up of the seasoning in case you want to see exactly what it looks like.
Take about 2 TBSP butter and melt it in the microwave in the little glass bowl.
Now take about 1-2 tsp cheddar popcorn seasoning and mix it INTO the butter.
The seasoning and butter should now look like this. I don’t usually use a measuring spoon. I’ll just shake a bunch into the melted butter.
Now the fun part!
See that cup on the top of the popper? That is not for melting butter! It is for measuring the popcorn kernels.
Add one scoop of popcorn kernels to the popper and plug it in. It will take a few minutes for the popcorn to start popping.
Once the popcorn starts to barely fill the bowl, sprinkle a small spoonful of the butter mixture over the popcorn.
Continue sprinkling spoonfuls of the butter mixture over the popcorn as is fills the bowl.
The idea is to get as much of the popcorn coated as possible while it’s popping.
Once your popcorn is popped, if you have any butter mixture left at this point you can drizzle the rest of it over the popcorn.
Now just toss/stir your popcorn mixture a little more to make sure it’s all coated pretty well.
This is my all-time favorite way to eat popcorn. I’ve tried making popcorn several different ways over the years and this is my perfected recipe!
Mixing the yellow and white popcorn gives it added flavor.
After several attempts at using cheddar popcorn seasoning on my popcorn, it finally dawned on me that the seasoning might actually stick to the popcorn better if it’s wet – hence the butter (which I always add anyway). Might as well mix the two!
I make this at least 2-3 times a month. My kids BEG me to make it for them.
It might look like a pain based on the sheer number of pictures I just posted for you, but trust me, it’s so easy! I usually get the butter melted and mixed after I plug in the popper because it takes a few minutes for the popcorn to pop anyway. Once you have the supplies on hand, you can have this fresh bowl of popcorn made in about the same time it would take to pop a bag in the microwave.
Time for me to enjoy my birthday movie and delicious fresh air popped popcorn!