Cheesy Popcorn Recipe - Delicious Snack with Basil and Oregano

Cheesy popcorn

Cheesy Popcorn Recipe - Delicious Snack with Basil and Oregano
Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 5 minutes | Servings: 4


Cheesy popcorn
Cheesy popcorn

Cheesy popcorn is a delicious and savory snack that is perfect for movie nights, parties, or just a tasty treat anytime. The combination of crunchy popcorn, melted cheese, and savory seasonings makes this snack a crowd-pleaser.


Popcorn has been enjoyed for centuries, with evidence of popcorn being consumed by ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs and Native Americans. The addition of cheese to popcorn is a more modern twist on this classic snack, with cheesy popcorn becoming popular in the United States in the mid-20th century.


How to prepare

  1. To prepare popcorn, place oil and unpopped corn kernels in a popcorn popper. Cover and pop according to the manufacturer's directions. Remove the popped corn from the heat. If using a heavy saucepan or skillet, heat it covered over medium heat. Shake while the corn is popping. If using a hot-air popcorn popper, lightly spray the popped corn with non-stick cooking spray. Combine the warm popcorn with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss to mix. This recipe makes four 1 cup servings.


  • Add different herbs and spices such as garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika for a different flavor profile.
  • Use different types of cheese such as cheddar, mozzarella, or pepper jack for a unique twist on this classic snack.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use a popcorn popper or a heavy saucepan with a lid to pop the popcorn. This will ensure that the popcorn pops evenly and doesn't burn.

- Toss the popcorn with the seasonings and cheese while it is still warm to ensure that the cheese melts and coats the popcorn evenly.

- Feel free to customize the seasonings to suit your taste preferences. You can add different herbs and spices to create your own unique flavor profile.

Serving Suggestions

Serve cheesy popcorn as a snack on its own, or pair it with other snacks such as nuts, pretzels, or fresh fruit for a tasty and satisfying snack mix.

Cooking Techniques

Use a popcorn popper or a heavy saucepan with a lid to pop the popcorn evenly and prevent burning.

- Toss the popcorn with the seasonings and cheese while it is still warm to ensure even coating.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use olive oil or vegetable oil in place of corn oil.

- Use nutritional yeast in place of grated parmesan cheese for a dairy-free option.

Make Ahead Tips

You can pop the popcorn ahead of time and store it in an airtight container until ready to season and serve.

Presentation Ideas

Serve cheesy popcorn in individual bowls or paper cones for a fun and festive presentation. - Garnish with fresh herbs or additional grated cheese for a decorative touch.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair cheesy popcorn with a cold beer or a glass of white wine for a tasty snack combination.

- Serve with a side of fresh salsa or guacamole for a delicious and satisfying snack option.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover cheesy popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

- To reheat, place the popcorn on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 300°F for 5-10 minutes, or until warm and crispy.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving



- Total Carbohydrates: 18g

- Dietary Fiber: 3g

- Sugars: 0g


- Total Fat: 6g

- Saturated Fat: 2g

- Trans Fat: 0g


- Protein: 4g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A: 4%

- Vitamin C: 0%

- Calcium: 8%

- Iron: 4%


Contains dairy (cheese)


Cheesy popcorn is a moderate source of carbohydrates and fats, with a good amount of protein. It also provides some calcium and iron, making it a tasty and somewhat nutritious snack option.


Cheesy popcorn is a delicious and savory snack that is perfect for movie nights, parties, or anytime you're craving a tasty treat. With its crunchy popcorn, melted cheese, and savory seasonings, this snack is sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?


The first time I saw this recipe, it left a lasting impression on me. It was a cool autumn day and I was visiting my dear friend Martha. She had invited me over for a movie night and had prepared a big bowl of cheesy popcorn for us to snack on. I had never tasted anything like it before - the perfect combination of salty, cheesy, and crunchy.

I asked Martha where she got the recipe and she told me that it was a family secret, passed down from generation to generation. She graciously agreed to share it with me, despite the solemn promise I made to keep it within our tight-knit circle of friends. I knew I had to learn how to make this delicious snack for myself.

The next day, I set out to gather all the ingredients I would need to recreate Martha's recipe. I picked up some fresh popcorn kernels, butter, cheddar cheese, and a few other key ingredients that Martha had mentioned. I was determined to make this recipe my own and put my own twist on it.

As I popped the kernels and melted the butter and cheese together, I couldn't help but think back to the memories of that movie night with Martha. It was moments like these that made life so special - sharing good food and good company with loved ones.

After a few tries, I finally perfected my own version of Martha's cheesy popcorn recipe. I added a dash of garlic powder and a sprinkle of paprika to give it an extra kick. The end result was even better than I had hoped for.

I couldn't wait to share my newfound recipe with my family and friends. They were all amazed at how delicious and addictive it was. It quickly became a staple at all of our gatherings, from movie nights to holiday parties.

Over the years, I continued to experiment with different variations of the recipe. I tried adding different cheeses, herbs, and spices to create unique flavor profiles. Each time, I would jot down my notes and keep track of what worked and what didn't.

As I perfected my cheesy popcorn recipe, I started to gain a reputation as the "popcorn queen" among my friends and family. They would come to me for advice on how to make the perfect batch of popcorn for their own movie nights.

I was proud to pass on Martha's family recipe to the next generation, just as she had done for me. I knew that this simple snack had the power to bring people together and create lasting memories.

And so, every time I make a batch of cheesy popcorn, I think back to that day with Martha and feel grateful for the gift of friendship and good food. It is a reminder of the importance of sharing recipes and traditions with those we love. And it is a testament to the power of a simple snack to bring joy and comfort to our lives.


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