Can You Add Sugar To Microwave Popcorn?


It’s movie night at home and you’re trying to recreate the theatre hall experience for the family. But the microwave popcorn doesn’t quite taste the same, does it? And if your kiddies clamor for caramel, is it possible to add sugar to this microwavable pack of popcorn? 

As it turns out you can! This article will explore the ways in which you can make your popcorn sweet and scrumptious. All the do’s and don’ts and some ingenious techniques, coming your way. 

How do you add sugar to microwave homemade popcorn? 

First pop the kernels as you normally would, following the instructions of the brand. Use the existing popcorn packet the kernels come in. 

You can also use unpopped kernels bought in wholesale tubs or packets. Transfer these to a brown paper bag and seal it across the top about 3 times to ensure the kernels don’t fall out. 

Once the popcorn is fluffy and ready you can sprinkle in the confectioner’s sugar which will adhere to the popcorn much better. But you can use your choice of sugar as well, such as brown, regular or coarse sugar. 

You can also melt sugar in a pan with some butter to create a caramelized liquid. Then pour this gooey goodness over the popcorn on a baking tray and let it cool. This can be done at room temperature or in the fridge. 

This gives you a crunchy, candied treat for very little work and expense. 

How do I make commercial movie-theater popcorn? 

It’s one thing to give your popcorn a homemade toffee vibe. But it just doesn’t compare to the warm scent and variety you get at the movies. Fortunately, there are ways to create versions of these flavors at home. 

Let’s look at possible toppings and the process of creating them. 

If you like standard kettle corn you can just boil some castor sugar with about 50 mL of water until it turns golden. It can then be poured over popped kernels. But if you want something more lavish, there are ways. 

For example, if you want chocolate popcorn, first melt about 100 grams of dark or milk chocolate using a double-boiler technique. Chocolate burns easily and this technique ensures that it stays creamy and luscious.

You can add a little salt to enhance the flavor and jazz up popcorn. Drizzle the melted chocolate over popcorn placed on a parchment-lined baking tray. Leave it to cool until it hardens and then add sprinkles, nut shards, or more salt as per your taste. 

You can alternatively add peanut butter along with some coconut oil, melted marshmallows, Oreos, and food coloring to make things exciting. The procedure remains the same; all the ingredients should be melted, except for seasonings. 

If you are really experimental, sweet and salty popcorn is all the rage. Hot sauce, cheese, cinnamon, and honey are all fascinating combos. 

How do I add sugar to my popcorn machine?

In case you don’t use your microwave, you can use a popcorn machine. You can pop the kernels using different cooking oils like soybean, canola, and coconut. Add about a quarter cup of sugar of your choice. It softens and oozes into the cracks in the popcorn. 

How do I make microwave popcorn taste like movie-theatre popcorn? 

If you’ve tried multiple recipes and still failed to get that movie-theatre taste and look, there’s a solution. You can use Flavacol, a commercially used popcorn seasoning. It is made of artificial butter in the form of granules, rather than as a liquid. 

This removal of water allows the granules to adhere to individual kernels better. It also ensures the popcorn isn’t soggy or saturated. Flavacol also has primarily salt, as well as yellow dyes. If you’re opting for the healthy route, it is best to avoid this. The salt content is very high. 

But once in a while, especially when you can’t go out to the cinema, it’s nice to treat yourself to golden kernels of joy! You will certainly experience the sights, smells, and tastes that remind you of buttery goodness amidst a fast-paced thriller. 

It’s time to whip up some innovative recipes to go with your favorite Netflix show!