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Sharp Cheddar Cheese Popcorn made with Real Cheese

14 Days of Popcorn: Sharp Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to make a real cheese popcorn for this series. I always loved the cheese popcorn made with fake, powdered cheese as a kid. But luckily I prefer real cheese now. And if you want to make your own popcorn, where do you even buy powdered cheese? So I decided to try experimenting with a real cheese option. It took a while, and a few failed attempts, but I managed to make a delicious Sharp Cheddar Cheese Popcorn made with real cheese! Make the most flavorful cheese popcorn without fake powdered cheese! This Sharp Cheddar Cheese Popcorn made from real cheese is easy and cheesy. | HousefulOfHandmade.com I wanted to make a cheese sauce to pour over the popcorn. That didn’t work so well. If the cheese sauce was more like a fondue, with the cheese melted in a chicken or vegetable stock, it was too wet for the fluffy popcorn and the end result wasn’t good. So I tried to make a cheese sauce with butter, well, I ended up with delicious tasting butter with a clump of melted cheese in it. I could not get it to melt together into a sauce (but I might have eaten the cheese anyway). Make the most flavorful cheese popcorn without fake powdered cheese! This Sharp Cheddar Cheese Popcorn made from real cheese is easy and cheesy. | HousefulOfHandmade.com I thought about giving up! I figured I could do a parmesan cheese popcorn, I could shred it finely into a powder and call it a day. But I really wanted to make a Sharp Cheddar Cheese Popcorn. So in my last ditch effort before throwing in the towel I tried something different. I made my popcorn into more of a popcorn nacho type of treat. Make the most flavorful cheese popcorn without fake powdered cheese! This Sharp Cheddar Cheese Popcorn made from real cheese is easy and cheesy. | HousefulOfHandmade.com And it worked! And it tastes amazing! I can’t stop eating it! Make the most flavorful cheese popcorn without fake powdered cheese! This Sharp Cheddar Cheese Popcorn made from real cheese is easy and cheesy. | HousefulOfHandmade.com So now I have the perfect recipe for a salty, cheesy popcorn treat. It’s not anything like the powdered cheese popcorn I ate as a child, it’s so much better. It’s grown up cheese popcorn!

Make the most flavorful cheese popcorn without fake powdered cheese! This Sharp Cheddar Cheese Popcorn made from real cheese is easy and cheesy. | HousefulOfHandmade.com

Sharp Cheddar Cheese Popcorn made with Real Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Make the most flavorful cheese popcorn without fake powdered cheese! This Sharp Cheddar Cheese Popcorn made from real cheese is easy and cheesy.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine butter, chili powder, garlic powder and salt. Melt butter and heat until starting to simmer.
  2. Pour butter over popcorn. Stir until all popcorn is evenly coated.
  3. Spread popcorn on a sheet pan, sprinkle with finely shredded cheese (I used a microplane zester to shred mine). Stir it around until evenly distributed.
  4. Place rack in the center of the oven and turn broiler to low. Cook popcorn until cheese is melted (about 2-3 minutes). Watch carefully so it does not burn.
  5. Pour cheesy popcorn into bowl and mix.
  6. Enjoy!

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Make the most flavorful cheese popcorn without fake powdered cheese! This Sharp Cheddar Cheese Popcorn made from real cheese is easy and cheesy. | HousefulOfHandmade.com

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Bob

Sunday 8th of October 2017

I make a similar recipe that sounds like it might be a bit simpler. I pop a bowl of popcorn over the stove. Make sure the unpopped kernels are removed. Spread about a cup of shredded cheese over the popcorn in alternating layers - cheese/corn. sprinkle spices to suit on top and gently shake to distribute them.

Now here's the key: stick the entire bowl in the microwave and heat on high for one minute, or long enough to melt the cheese. Stir immediately while the cheese is melted. You're done.

I don't add butter because the recipe has plenty of fat already, but no reason you can't if you choose. I'd mix it in before layering on the cheese.

Mark

Sunday 26th of November 2017

Yes, I will try this since the original recipe said to put your broiler on low...? My broiler is either on or off and it I left popcorn under it, for a minute it would be black...

Kati

Wednesday 11th of October 2017

Thanks for your recipe! I was worried the popcorn might get soggy in the microwave so that is why I used the oven. But there is nothing better than popcorn with real cheese!

MELISSA

Sunday 17th of September 2017

Where did you buy the sharp cheddar cheese powder? I want a pound of it. There is only the Vermont brand and its pricey.

Kati

Friday 6th of October 2017

Melissa, I didn't use cheese powder for the recipe. I finally grated real sharp cheddar cheese. All the details are in the recipe. Enjoy!

Ash

Monday 19th of December 2016

This sounds delicious! Do you know how well it stores? I want to make it for Christmas for those who don't like sweet popcorn. Thank you in advance for your help!

Kati

Saturday 24th of December 2016

Hello Ash, I've only kept it overnight. The next day it was great, but not sure how much longer I would store it. Sorry.

Karen

Monday 18th of July 2016

There is a company that makes yummy cheesy popcorn with real cheese, the name is Palo Popcorn. It is extremely hard to find in stores in my area. The only one I know of that carries it here is Bed Bath and Beyond and it is not cheap and never on sale there so I don't buy it that often. My two sons could each eat a whole bag in one sitting. I am so excited to try your recipe. Sounds so yummy.

Kati

Monday 18th of July 2016

I have never found a real cheese popcorn, I may have to look for that one. But this is a great alternative to expensive pre-made popcorn. I am always too cheap to buy popcorn cause it's so inexpensive to make. I hope you like our real cheese option, it really is delicious.

Hazel Adams

Thursday 17th of March 2016

I did not realize that you can make cheese popcorn with real cheese. That sounds so healthy and good. I am excited to try this recipe at home.

Kati Farrer

Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

I really wanted to make it possible so I did, and it's delicious. I hope you get a chance to try it soon!

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