Homemade Popcorn with Coconut Oil
My kids are on spring break this week and that means my popcorn popper is going to be working overtime. Vacation at the Grandy house means lots of movie nights, and movie nights are not complete without Marin mama’s famous popcorn, (at least that’s what my kids and their friends call my popcorn). In all seriousness, Zoe and Eli love and devour this popcorn, and they tell me that it’s the best popcorn they’ve ever tasted. I’ve actually been told by a number of people that I need to bag this popcorn and sell it. I decided that making and bagging this popcorn would take to much time and effort, so I’m just going to share my secret recipe with you.
I love my Wabash Valley Farms 25008 Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn PopperWhirly-Pop popcorn popper as shown below. It pops the best popcorn and my kids love cranking the handle. This popper gets used on a daily basis!
Homemade popcorn with coconut oil
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil – see my notes below on the different types of coconut oils
- fine sea salt
Our favorite oils to use for popcorn are listed in order of preference below:
- refined organic coconut oil – This oil gives the popcorn a nice crisp, light and fresh flavor. Refined coconut oil does not have that coconut smell.
- extra virgin coconut oil – This oil is unrefined and smells like an actual coconut. If you want and like that buttery movie style popcorn then use this. It really does give the popcorn that buttery flavor. We’re not big fans of buttered flavored popcorn, so we prefer using the refined oil.
Ok, lets make some popcorn!
Put the 1/2 cup kernels and 2 tablespoons oil (coconut oil is solid, but will melt immediately once heated) into your kettle popper or whatever pan/utensil you use to make fresh popcorn.
Turn up the heat to medium and slowly turn the handle till the popcorn is popped.
Toss the popcorn into a large bowl & sprinkle with fine sea salt to taste. We like to sprinkle on some salt, then shake the bowl a bit and then sprinkle on some more salt. You get the drill!
That’s all there is to it folks! We love to mix in some treats with our popcorn such as Poco Dolce chocolate, m&m’s, candy corn, (Eli’s favorite around Halloween) and twizzlers. The sweet mixed with the salty is a winning combination.
This popcorn is not just for movie nights, it’s also the perfect popcorn to pack for your child’s snack at school or to serve up as an afternoon snack. I pack Zoe a container of this popcorn every day for her school snack, and believe me she only gets a handful, as it’s instantly consumed by the masses. Once you pop your own popcorn, you’ll never go back to the microwave stuff again. I guarantee it!