5 Minute Microwave Cheddar Cheese Popcorn (Perfect for Movie Nights!)

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Easy Homemade Cheddar Cheese Popcorn! Just like the kind you buy in tins at Christmas!

Easy Homemade Cheddar Cheese Popcorn, just like the kind you buy in tins at Christmas and it is made in just five minutes, completely in the microwave!Did you grow up with the tins at Christmas? Every year my dad would bring one home and my mom, brother and I would fight over the tin. My brother and I would immediately fight over the cheddar and caramel sections and get yelled at by mom to eat them all evenly. Ugh. Evenly. Who actually ever wanted the butter flavor when cheese and caramel were so close by?

Then I discovered something amazing one day at the Summer Fancy Food show five years ago. G.H. Cretor’s Chicago Mix Popcorn. The people at the company were so nice and the taste was fantastic. Plus it took the best parts of the popcorn tin and combined them in one bag which meant my caramel popcorn had a slight layer of cheddar cheese dust. YUM.

But if you know me by now, you know I can’t leave well enough alone. The bags are not inexpensive and I love recreating my favorite foods at home so I set out to make my own version. You know, something like this delicious Homemade Chicago Mix Popcorn!…. Chicago Mix Popcorn Don’t worry this Chicago Mix popcorn is coming soon to your favorite blog ever *cough*here*cough* so definitely come back for that later this week!

The best part is this recipe is so easy and takes just a few minutes to make. Completely done in the microwave, no less!

Put a 1/3 of a cup of kernels in a medium brown paper bag. Roll the top of it closed. Microwave until the kernels stop popping at the rate of at least 1 per second. In a large brown paper bag, combine the popcorn and butter by shaking the bag while pouring the butter in a slow stream. Once all the butter is in, roll the bag closed and shake it REALLY well. Bag


Combine the cheddar cheese powder, mustard powder and salt in a small bowl. Easy Homemade Cheddar Cheese Popcorn! Just like the kind you buy in tins at Christmas!
Sprinkle over the popcorn while shaking the bag. Roll it back up and shake vigorously. Easy Homemade Cheddar Cheese Popcorn! Just like the kind you buy in tins at Christmas!

Enjoy immediately!

Easy Homemade Cheddar Cheese Popcorn! Just like the kind you buy in tins at Christmas!

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Homemade Cheddar Cheese Popcorn (Perfect for Movie Nights!)

4.8 from 15 votes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Course: Snack
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Easy Homemade Cheddar Cheese Popcorn! Just like the kind you buy in tins at Christmas. The best part is it takes just five minutes to make and is done 100% in the microwave!

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 6 cups popped popcorn or 1/3 cups popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Put a 1/3 of a cup of kernels in a medium brown paper bag.
  2. Roll the top of it closed.
  3. Microwave until the kernels stop popping at the rate of at least 1 per second.
  4. In a large brown paper bag, combine the popcorn and butter by shaking the bag while pouring the butter in a slow stream.
  5. Once all the butter is in, roll the bag closed and shake it REALLY well.
  6. Combine the cheddar cheese powder, mustard powder and salt in a small bowl.
  7. Sprinkle over the popcorn while shaking the bag.
  8. Roll it back up and shake vigorously.
  9. Enjoy immediately!

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Gale Gand

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Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Amount per serving: 197 calories, Calories: 197g, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 39mg, Sodium: 430mg, Potassium: 56mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 465g, Calcium: 74g, Iron: 0.3g

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Dinner then Dessert TIPS Can’t find cheddar cheese powder easily? You can find it in my Amazon store or in a pinch, use the kind that comes in boxed macaroni and cheese! I’ve also made this with the addition of sour cream powder to make Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream Popcorn! I’ve also use it on homemade chips (recipe coming soon!). Want other flavors of popcorn? Drop me a note in the comments and I’m happy to decode flavors you would like into recipes for you 🙂

Easy Homemade Cheddar Cheese Popcorn! Just like the kind you buy in tins at Christmas!

Easy Homemade Cheddar Cheese Popcorn! Just like the kind you buy in tins at Christmas. The best part is it takes just five minutes to make and is done 100% in the microwave!

About the Author

Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. My mom used to make homemade cheese popcorn all the time when I was younger. She used an air popper and shredded cheddar though. This looks like a fun recipe for movie night.

  2. I will be honest…i cant stand plain butter popcorn. I only like my popcorn with some kind of flavor so this is a great recipe to enhance it!

  3. For us it was Jiffy Pop! LOL OOPS, probably dating myself! Buying the tins oddly has a very different association for me, we used to buy them as corporate ‘whenever’ gifts at one of my old jobs, not necessarily for holidays, but for corporate account gifting we would sometimes use those super big ones to send to clients at random as a sort of thinking of you throughout the year to keep in touch or as a thank you to some of our vendors.

  4. I admit, I am a popcorn addict. I mean, some love chocolate, and though I do, as well… it is popcorn that I could never live without. I would never have thought of the mustard powder addition but will totally be trying this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh we’re definitely going to have to try this on a movie night. I’ve never made my own cheddar cheese popcorn before!

  6. Ever since I discovered organic corn kernels, we make our own popcorn. This version looks yummy but I thought I was the only person on the planet that liked savory and sweet popcorn combined?! Love that I was wrong!

    1. Yup! When I came across it looking for a way to make cheddar and sour cream roasted potatoes I felt like I won the lottery, haha.

  7. I like sweet and salty but I would for sure try this and maybe add a bit of sugar it in. Love that you found your own way to make something you like.

  8. Cheddar Cheese powder? I need some of that- I bet it’s great on broccoli too! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

    1. Yup, it was as easy as make popcorn, melt butter and toss with powder. I’ve been spoiled from buying it ever again, haha.

  9. Um, yum! We buy Chicago mix popcorn at Costco, but now that I know how easy it is to make the cheddar kind at home, I can’t wait for Wednesday so I can start making my own Chicago mix at home!

    1. YES! That is where we would get it too! I am posting the chicago mix recipe Wednesday if you want to come back to see it 🙂

  10. I didn’t realize how easy it was to make this popcorn, which I LOVE, btw. Why wait for Christmastime to eat it, right?

  11. This would be a HUGE hit in our house. My hubby and son LOVE anything with cheese in it. We try yo have a movie night every once in a while and this would be a great treat with movie night.