(Near) Perfect Home-Made Movie Theatre Popcorn


Every now and then I’d experiment with making popcorn that tasted like movie theatre popcorn. Finally, I’ve hit on a recipe that may be as close as I’ll get using relatively basic ingredients.


  • Popcorn kernels
  • 1/3 or 1/2 stick of butter
  • Orville Redenbacher’s Popping & Topping (Buttery Flavor Popcorn Oil)
  • Popcorn Salt
  • Large plastic bowl with lid

I use a Presto PowerPop to pop popcorn in my microwave. I really like it and have had it for several years. It works great though it does require some inexpensive inserts (reflectors) to properly pop the popcorn. This popper isn’t required – any good popcorn popper should work fine.

Almost any time I’ve ever popped popcorn in a microwave I’ve set the timer for 3 minutes. However, I’ll usually stop the microwave before that time is up – it’s just a good maximum time to use in most cases.

First, I’ll pop up the popcorn. Next, I’ll put it into the bowl and then spread some of the Popping & Topping on the popcorn and then shake it up in the bowl with the lid on. I don’t pour the topping on – I add just enough to lightly coat the popcorn and give it the oily texture that one has with movie theatre popcorn butter.

Once those steps are done I’ll throw the butter into the microwave for about a minute (sometimes slightly longer) to melt it. Then I spread it onto the popcorn, cover the bowl, and shake it again.

Finally, I add the popcorn salt and then shake the bowl for the last time. Regular salt isn’t fine enough to stick well. The popcorn salt works great.

Keep in mind that this isn’t a very healthy food. It’s not something I’d recommend eating on a regular basis. However, it’s very good. 🙂

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