Learn how to make sweet popcorn; This sweet popcorn recipe is quick and easy, and not too sweet.
We are a popcorn family. I probably buy an 8-pound tub of unpopped kernels at Costco every other month. My kids sometimes forget that microwave popcorn even exists. We usually eat it air-popped with just butter and salt, but sometimes I soup it up and make it sweet. This easy glaze is one of my favorite stand-by’s. It’s easy, quick, and basically impossible to ruin.
I’ve made this simple popcorn glaze for many a holiday party. I don’t want you to think it’s just for the holidays, though. It’s also perfect for basically any occasion or get together.
Game days, birthdays, even summer barbeques are better with sweet popcorn.
Movie days are better with sweet popcorn.
Wednesdays are better with sweet popcorn.
What is it about butter and sugar that is so fantastic? Think about it. Did you ever eat something made primarily with butter and sugar that didn’t taste like heavenly sweetness? Me either.
If you get this popcorn recipe right, it should taste sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. It’s not cooked long enough to be caramelized; it has a very simple flavor. It’s actually quite similar to kettle corn.
I’ve included a small recipe here, but it is easy to double or triple if you have a crowd.
This popcorn also keeps easily for a couple days, so it’s great to package up as gifts.
And by the way, if you’re looking for more ways to fancy up your popcorn, I’ve got them. I’m all about fancy popcorn. On this site, I have recipes for butterscotch popcorn, white chocolate popcorn, oreo popcorn; I’ve made peppermint popcorn, I’ve even added popcorn to the krispie treats.
Scroll to the bottom of the post to find easy links to all these recipes.
And if you ever want my recipe for perfect plain-old butter and salt popcorn, just ask!
Sweet Popcorn Glaze
- 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- Pop the popcorn. (I use an air popper, but any method is fine.)
- On the stove, melt the butter. Add sugar and bring to a boil. Boil about 2 minutes.Add water and stir well. Quickly pour over popped corn, and toss to coat.
- Chill the popcorn in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before serving.