How to Make Better Than Theater Popcorn at Home

We are talking about one of the greatest snacks to enjoy during your big screen experience or even at your home movie night. It’s one of my (Carl’s) favorite snacks and even sometimes dinner… Popcorn! The biggest issue with theater popcorn is that when you want to enjoy a flick in your PJs the big bowl of microwaved popcorn is never as good as the theater’s. But when you go to the theater, their popcorn costs so much thats it’s practically the same price as the ticket! Today, we’re going to address this pressing matter and make sure you are well equipped with tasty buttery crunchy popcorn wherever you decide to enjoy a film.

Side note: we do not encourage the breaking of any theater policies so if you get caught for bringing outside food and beverages, don’t blame us!

Maybe you’re asking yourself why you need to be making popcorn on the stove versus just buying the microwaveable kind. Well that stuff’s for amateurs and you, my friend, are no a-ma-tooor. Plus the texture, the flavor, or even flavorS, make it so much better it’s worth it to make. Cooking your own popcorn is a simple procedure that doesn’t take much longer than the microwaved stuff anyway, but there is a secret ingredient to get your poppies tasting close to – if not better than – theater popcorn and we’ve talked about that ingredient before, you can find the recipe here.

Homemade Theater Popcorn Recipe


  • Large Bowl
  • Large Pot
  • Flat spatula


  • 6+ TBS Clarified Butter
  • 1/3 C Popcorn Kernels
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional: additional flavorings like furikake or other spice mixes

How to Make Popcorn at Home Guide

  1. On Medium heat, melt 3 TBS of clarified butter in a large pot.
  2. Add popcorn kernels to pot.
  3. Place lid on pot leaving just a crack for steam to escape.
  4. Gently swirl the pot as the popcorns pops. Cook until all of them have popped.
  5. Pour popcorn into a large bowl.
  6. In a small sauce pan, melt another 3+ TBS to drizzle over your popcorn.
  7. Sprinkle on your salt and any other flavorings and give your popcorn a toss and mix well.

We hope we’ve changed your life with this simple yet gourmet popcorn recipe. Let us know in the comments how you like your popcorn and what your favorite movie is!

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