How to Make Homemade Popcorn Taste Sweet

You can make popcorn kernels yourself, on your hob, when you need a quick snack. When you heat the kernels you can add your own popcorn seasonings to achieve different flavours. Popcorn has a bland taste that can be improved by making it taste sweet with sugar. Adding sugar and butter to the kernels before they pop will infuse the popcorn with a sweet taste. Once the kernels pop, you can serve the popcorn in a bowl and add additional seasonings to suit your tastes.

Add the oil to a heavy saucepan so that it coats the bottom of the pan. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat. Place three or four popcorn kernels in the saucepan while the oil heats. Keep the pan covered with the lid slightly ajar. This produces fluffy popcorn by allowing steam to escape. When the few kernels pop, the oil is hot enough to add the remaining kernels.

Add the popcorn kernels and the sugar to the saucepan. Place the lid on the saucepan immediately, but leave it slightly ajar.

Shake the saucepan to coat the kernels with the oil. Move the saucepan around on the hob burner, back and forth, while the kernels continue to pop. The constant movement will prevent the kernels from burning. Remove the popcorn from the hob once you hear a four to five second interval between pops.

Melt the butter in the microwave, in the microwave-safe bowl. Drizzle the butter over the popcorn and serve while it's still hot.


Add 1 tsp of ground cinnamon to spice up the sweet popcorn.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 to 3 tbsp canola or peanut oil
  • 3 qt. heavy saucepan, with lid
  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 to 4 tbsp butter
  • Small, microwave-safe bowl to melt butter
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