White Cheddar Popcorn

It’s Friday night. Let’s make some popcorn!

When I was growing up, Friday nights were all about family and T.G.I.F. Hellooo John Stamos (a.k.a. Uncle Jesse)! Now they’re about cuddling on the couch with my crazies and watching movies on Netflix. And it just wouldn’t be a family movie night without popcorn.

First you’re going to need some brown paper lunch bags.

If you shop at a little place I like to call Tar-jay, you too can get the ones that are “packed with love!” Awww…

Then you’ll need a 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels.

Pour the kernels into the bag. Please excuse the poor lighting in all these photos. It’s raining here today, and extremely overcast. Apparently WA missed the memo that it’s July.

Now all your kernels are in the bag.

Lay the bag on it’s side and fold over the top about 1/2″. Repeat two more times. I like to use my fingernail to make sure I get a good crease.

Now stick the bag in the microwave. My microwave is elf-size so I have to lay my bag on it’s side. If you have a normal microwave you can just stand it up.

Every microwave cooks differently. I set mine for 2:30 and wait until I hear the popping slow down. When I get to about five seconds between pops I open the microwave. Just stand there and keep an eye (ear?) on things.

Now you can flavor this up any way you like. Melted butter, a little salt (I recommend regular table salt, or popcorn salt, not kosher salt), some parmesan cheese, herbs, olive oil, or whatever else you like. Try cinnamon sugar sometime, I promise you’ll love it! But tonight we’re having white cheddar.

Now I know you can buy white cheddar powder. Maybe you can even find it locally. I cannot (trust me, I’ve searched). And I don’t like paying ridiculous shipping for a little jar of seasoning. So I just use the powdered white cheddar from a box of white cheddar mac and cheese. It’s cheap, and I can get it just about anywhere. You can just save the pasta for something else.

I’ve tried this with a couple different brands of white cheddar mac and cheese. Some of the powdered cheese is stronger then others. And some sticks to the popcorn better then others, in my opinion. So if you’re using a different brand, you might need (or want) to use more depending on your personal taste. I put in two teaspoons and shake it up in the bag. Open the bag, taste, and add more if necessary.


Time to snack!

Try making some tonight. Grab your kids, husband, wife, a neighbor, or the mailman and have a movie night!

Just joking about the mailman.


Have a great weekend!

White Cheddar Popcorn
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 2
Microwave popcorn in a brown paper bag. No need to use oil, no lingering fake butter smell, no special popcorn popping appliance, and no shaking a heavy pot over a hot stove!
  • ¼ cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 brown paper lunch bag
  • 1 teaspoon (or more) white cheddar powder
  1. Place popcorn kernels in brown paper lunch bag.
  2. Fold over the top of the bag ½” and repeat twice, for a total of three folds.
  3. Place in microwave and cook on high until popping slows down to approximately five seconds between pops.
  4. Open bag and add white cheddar powder.
  5. Shake bag and taste. Add more white cheddar powder to taste.
Add butter, olive oil, salt, herbs, or any other seasonings you’d like.



  1. Great recipe! Will be linking back to this in my post tomorrow.

  2. Thanks for this! I did have some trouble with my mac and cheese sauce mix (Back to Nature Crazy Bugs Mac and Cheese) sticking to the popcorn, and I found that my microwave just doesn’t have enough power to pop the popcorn effectively. After four minutes, I ended up with a couple handfuls of burnt popcorn and a lot of hot popcorn kernels.

    However, your post inspired me and I am definitely not one to go without popcorn! I made some clarified butter and did the popcorn on the stovetop with a tiny amount of the butter. This time, it all popped, and the cheese sauce mix stuck much better! I also found that salting it with a touch of fine salt brought out the cheesy flavor.

    • Hi Ryan! That’s a fantastic tip, and one I’ll definitely be trying! I’ve moved since I originally posted this recipe and I’m having a hard time finding the same mac and cheese mix I used to use here at our new place. Sorry the microwave didn’t work out for you, but stovetop popcorn is good too!

  3. I got my yellow cheddar powder on Amazon, but also try http://www.myspicesage.com for white cheddar powder. I think their prices are reasonable and they have free shipping. Definitely cheaper than using a box of mac and cheese!


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