Movie Night Popcorn!

It’s Saturday night, but we can’t go out. What do we do? Have a movie night – of course!!

I spotted some popcorn kernels in the shop and decided to try making my own popcorn. It’s so easy and you can add any flavours you like!!

I will describe how to make the popcorn below and then will give you three of my favourite popcorn flavours: cinnamon sugar, chocolate drizzle and good old fashioned salty popcorn!

These recipes make enough for one – double up as needed!

Popcorn making method


  • 40g popcorn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon oil (I used olive oil because it’s what I have)


  1. You will need a pot with a lid. I use a medium sized pot for one portion – use a large pot if you are making more than one portion.
  2. Add the oil and heat over medium – high heat.
  3. After a few minutes, when you think the oil is hot, add a couple of the popcorn kernels and place the lid on the pot.
  4. When the kernels pop, the oil is ready. Remove the lid and add the rest of the popcorn kernels. Put the lid back on the pot and give it a good shake.
  5. Leave the pot off the heat for around 30 seconds. Then put the pot back on the heat, with the lid tilted very slightly to let the steam out.
  6. The popcorn should start to pop pretty quickly after this. Shake once or twice while the popcorn is popping.
  7. Once the popping slows right down, remove the pot from the heat and leave, with the lid on but still slightly tilted to let the steam escape, for a few seconds for the last few kernels to pop. Better to do it this way than end up with popcorn all over the kitchen if you remove the lid too soon!
  8. Now add any flavourings you want!

Traditional Salty Popcorn


  • 1 portion of popcorn (method above)
  • 15g butter
  • salt


  1. While the popcorn is popping away, melt the butter in the microwave (or another pot if you prefer).
  2. Once the popcorn is ready, pour the butter into the pot. Place the lid on the pot and give the popcorn a good shake to cover with the butter.
  3. Then add some salt (to taste) and that’s it!

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn


  • 1 portion popcorn (method above)
  • 30g butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. While the popcorn is popping, melt the butter and mix with the sugar and cinnamon.
  2. When the popcorn is ready, pour the cinnamon sugar mixture into the pot and give it a good shake (with the lid on!) to coat the popcorn.
  3. Pour the popcorn out in a single layer on a baking tray and leave for a few minutes. The popcorn will become soggy if you pour it straight from the pot into a bowl.

Chocolate Drizzle Popcorn


  • 1 portion of the traditional salty popcorn (above)
  • 30g of melted chocolate (you can use whatever you like – flavoured chocolate would also be great)


  • While the popcorn is popping, melt the chocolate.
  • After you have added the butter and salt, pour the popcorn into a big bowl.
  • Drizzle with the chocolate and toss with a spoon so there is some chocolate on each piece of popcorn.

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