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How to Make Homemade Sweet Popcorn

How to Make Homemade Sweet Popcorn

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Popcorn is a great snack for everyone in the entire family. It’s healthy and perfect for movie nights, cookouts, or just as a simple daytime treat. If you have a sweet tooth, do you know what’s better than plain popcorn? Sweet popcorn or caramel popcorn! In this guide, we’ll walk you through the simple steps to make delicious homemade sweet popcorn that will have everyone reaching for more.


How to Make Homemade Sweet Popcorn

Here’s how to make homemade sweet popcorn:


  • 1/2 cup of corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable or canola oil (for popping)
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar/ brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


  • Large pot with a lid
  • Wooden spoon
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Test the heat by dropping a single kernel into the oil; if it pops, the oil is hot enough.
  2. Carefully add the remaining popcorn kernels to the hot oil. Make sure they form a single layer at the bottom of the pot.
  3. Cover the pot with a lid, keeping it slightly ajar to allow steam to escape.
  4. Shake the pot to make sure it heats up evenly and the kernels don’t stick and burn.
  5. While the popcorn is popping, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  6. Stir in the sugar, water, and salt into the melted butter. Mix until fully combined.
  7. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Allow it to boil for 3 minutes while occasionally stirring. You’ll want to see a thick syrup-like consistency. Remove from heat once thickened.
  8. Quickly pour the hot sugar mixture over the popping corn in the pot. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon to coat all the popcorn evenly. Work fast as the mixture will harden as it cools.
  9. If the syrup starts to harden before all the popcorn is coated, heat the pot over low heat.
  10. Spread the coated popcorn onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread it out to prevent clumps from forming.
  11. Allow the popcorn to cool at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. The coating will harden and become crunchy as it cools.
  12. Once cooled, break apart any large clumps of popcorn. If you want to make sweet and salty popcorn, sprinkle a bit of salt on top of it. If you want to make cinnamon sugar popcorn, just sprinkle some cinnamon on top of it.


Tips and Tricks When Making Homemade Sweet Popcorn

  • Choose a heavy-bottomed pot to prevent the kernels from burning.
  • Make sure that the kernels are fresh. Older popcorn kernels may not pop as well.
  • Don’t overfill the pot with kernels. They need space to expand and pop. If you want to make a large batch, do it in multiple smaller batches instead.
  • If the sugar mixture or popcorn is getting burnt, reduce the heat. A lower temperature might take longer, but it will prevent burning.
  • If your syrup is clumping, the method you’re using to pour is wrong. To prevent this, pour the syrup in a thin stream over the popcorn while constantly stirring.
  • To speed up the cooling process and prevent the popcorn from steaming and getting chewy, spread it out on a cold baking sheet. You can also put the baking sheet in the fridge for a few minutes before use.
  • For added flavor, consider mixing in a teaspoon of vanilla extract or a pinch of cinnamon with the sugar.


How to Pop Popcorn Using a Popcorn Machine

If you don’t want to use a pot to make sweet popcorn, you can always use a popcorn machine. Here’s a guide on how to use one:

  • Turn on your popcorn machine to preheat. Make sure the popping chamber is clean and ready to use.
  • In a bowl, thoroughly mix the popcorn kernels with the sugar and oil. Make sure each kernel is coated well.
  • Once the machine is heated, carefully add your sugar and kernel mix into the popping chamber. Close the lid to prevent any kernels from escaping.
  • Let the kernels pop. Keep an eye on the machine, as the added sugar can cause the kernels to pop more vigorously than plain popcorn.
  • If your machine includes a stirring mechanism, use it to help prevent the sugar from burning and sticking to the machine. If not, be prepared to move the popped popcorn quickly to a bowl once done to avoid burning.
  • As soon as the popping slows, carefully open the machine and pour the hot popcorn into a large bowl. Stir the popcorn gently with a spoon or spatula to break up any clumps.



Can I use honey or maple syrup instead of sugar for sweet popcorn?

Yes, you can. Replace the sugar with an equal amount of honey or maple syrup. Keep in mind that these alternatives can burn more easily than sugar, so you may need to adjust the heat and cooking time.

How long does homemade popcorn last?

It can last for up to a week if stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Make sure the popcorn is completely cool and dry before storing it to prevent it from becoming soggy.

Can I make sweet popcorn with artificial sweeteners?

Yes, you can. However, the texture and flavor might differ from using regular sugar.

Can I add chocolate to sweet popcorn?

Yes. Drizzle melted chocolate over the cooled sweet popcorn and allow it to set before serving.

Can I make this recipe vegan?

Yes, you can easily make this recipe vegan by substituting the butter with a plant-based alternative such as vegan margarine or coconut oil. Just make sure to choose a vegan-friendly sugar as well.



Making homemade sweet popcorn is a simple process that anyone can master. By following the steps mentioned in this blog and using quality ingredients, you can create a tasty treat that your friends and family will enjoy.

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