Popcorn Factory Popcorn Copycat Recipe

Meaghan Mountford | The Decorated Cookie

This Popcorn Factory Popcorn Copycat Recipe couldn’t be easier. Make your own, and surprise the family!

Have you ever given or received that classic divided tin with three flavors of popcorn? You can easily make your own homemade Popcorn Factory popcorn with the same favorites: Buttered popcorn, cheddar popcorn, and caramel popcorn.

The classic trio of popcorn divided in those keepsake tins from The Popcorn Factory was for years my mom’s go-to gift for giving. Moving to college? You get a tin of popcorn.

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Halloween? Thanksgiving? Birthday? Arbor Day? You get a tin of popcorn. Tins of popcorn all around.

But it’s actually super-easy to make your own buttered, cheddar, and caramel popcorn. These recipes for homemade Popcorn Factory popcorn let you personalize the gift even more since it’s from your own kitchen, and you can package the stuff any way you like.

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Or, if you just love a particular flavor, make a bunch for movie night.

The recipes are pretty simple, so feel free to add any other flavoring or portions you like to suit your own taste. The batches here are rather small, only three cups each, but the recipes are easily doubled (or tripled or quadrupled) if you have a lot of gift giving to do.

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The flavorings work best with plain, air-popped popcorn. If you do not have a popcorn popper, though, there are a couple of work-arounds.

I own a small microwave air popper that works well, although it only makes a couple cups at a time. (They do make larger versions.) Alternatively, I have made air-popped popcorn in the microwave in a brown paper lunch bag.

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Pour about a quarter cup of kernels in a brown paper lunch bag and fold the top to enclose. Microwave for about two minutes or until the popping slows.

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That said, some have concerns about the safety of this method, so please use caution and do not follow the paper bag method if you share the concerns.

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For gift giving or just snacking, Popcorn Factory popcorn can come right from your own kitchen, and it only takes minutes to make. It’s a great combination of sweet and salty, crunch and flavor.

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Next, I’ll have to search for some perfect divided containers to package all the goodness.

If you like this flavored popcorn, you would also love my Thin Mints popcorn and Kim’s Nutella Popcorn

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Popcorn Factory Popcorn Copycat Recipe

    18 Servings

Ingredients

  • 9 rounded cups Air Popped Popcorn, divided
  • 8 tablespoons Butter, divided
  • half an 11 ounce bag Caramel Bits, about 19 bits
  • 1/8 cup Cheddar Popcorn Seasoning
  • Sea Salt

Directions

For the Caramel Popcorn:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Place 3 rounded cups of popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, place 2 tablespoons butter, the caramel bits, and 1 tablespoon water. Microwave for 90 seconds or until the caramel is melted. Stir well until smooth.
  3. Scrape the mixture into the bowl of popcorn and stir well. If desired, add a pinch of sea salt.
  4. Pour the contents onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake the popcorn for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Let the popcorn cool and break into pieces.

For the Buttered Popcorn:

  1. Place 3 rounded cups of popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the microwave and pour over the popcorn.
  3. Gently stir to coat the popcorn. If desired, add a generous pinch of sea salt and stir well.
  4. Pour the popcorn onto a tray to let dry about 30 minutes.

For the Cheddar Popcorn:

  1. Place 3 rounded cups of popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the microwave and pour over the popcorn.
  3. Add 1/8 cup of cheddar popcorn seasoning to the popcorn. Gently stir to coat the popcorn.
  4. Pour the popcorn onto a tray to let dry about 30 minutes. 

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Author: Meaghan Mountford
Recipe Yields: 9 cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2 cup
Servings Per Recipe 18

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 39
Calories 68

% Daily Value*
8%
Total Fat 5g
0%
  Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Sodium 26mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate 3g
1%
  Dietary Fiber 1g
1%
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Meaghan Mountford

About Meaghan

Meaghan makes lots of fun and amazing treats on The Decorated Cookie. We're especially excited, because she's making Copycat Desserts for Food Fanatic!