5 Ways To Perk Up Your Popcorn

When I settle in for a good scary movie … Poltergeist, Carrie, The Notebook … I like a nice homemade bowl of popcorn at my side. And I prefer making it the old-fashioned way, on the stove. It’s not difficult to do, the popcorn tastes way better and isn’t loaded with chemicals. Here’s how I pop my kernels and my favorite add-ins to jazz up the popcorn flavor.

Homemade Popcorn Clinton Kelly

Homemade Popcorn


  • 3 - 4 tbsp. of oil (vegetable, canola or coconut)
  • 1 c. corn kernels


  • Pour oil in a large saucepan or pot with a lid.
  • Turn stove on high heat.
  • Pour in kernels. As soon as two or three pop, cover pot with lid and reduce to medium heat.
  • Shake or shift the pan continuously over heat to ensure the kernels pop evenly and none burn. You can leave the lid slightly off to promote a crunchier popped product.
  • Once the cacophony of popping corn starts to slow down, remove the pan from the heat and let sit for one minute before removing the lid so you don’t get stray popcorn to the face.
  • Pour popcorn into a bowl and season with one of these fabulous combos (I didn’t provide measurements because I’ve never measured one of these things):
  • Warmed coconut oil, shredded coconut and chocolate chips tossed with the popcorn. (Sliced almonds or walnut pieces are also super-yum in this combo.)
  • Diced crispy bacon, brown sugar, salt and melted butter. (It's salty sweet popcorn but let’s just call it what it is: crack.)
  • Fresh or dried dill, garlic powder, white vinegar and salt. (Tastes like pickle popcorn!)
  • Truffle oil (a little goes a long way) and freshly grated Parmesan cheese lace popcorn. (Your friends will call you classy. Maybe even to your face.)
  • Equal parts melted butter and mayonnaise, fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro, chili powder, salt and pepper. (It’s popcorn like Mexican street corn without having to hit the streets of Mexico!)

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