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This cheddar cheese popcorn recipe is adapted from the January 10, 1991
Chicago Tribune Newspaper
article, To Make Cheese Popcorn At Home, Just Take A Powder, by Pat Dailey.
If you love cheese and popcorn, here’s a good salty, cheesy snack!
The secret to cheddar cheese popcorn is to use processed powdered
cheese. Real cheese will make oily clumps when melted on the popcorn. Powdered cheese will evenly coat the popcorn kernels
Savory and Sweet Snack Food Recipes
which includes more popcorn treats.
Cheddar Cheese Popcorn Recipe:
Savory and Sweet Snack Food,
Great Lakes (Chicago)
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 to 30 minutes
12 cups (1 large batch) popped corn*
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
cheddar cheese powder**
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon chili or cayenne powder (chili powder will be milder)
1/2 cup butter
* Remember to remove any un-popped popcorn kernels.
** Often found in the popcorn section of most grocery stores. If unable to find cheddar cheese powder,
purchase boxes of Macaroni and Cheese and use the powdered cheese flavor packets.
You can also purchase
cheddar cheese powder from our Amazon Store.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
Popcorn can be air popped to reduce fat or cooked in oil (your choice).
If cooked in oil, place the popped popcorn in a paper bag to help drain excess oil. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
In a small bowl, mix together the cheddar cheese powder, mustard powder, and
chili powder; set aside.
In a small sauce pan or microwave, melt the butter. Pour the
melted butter over the popcorn and shake or stir to coat popcorn
evenly. Immediately pour the cheese mixture over the buttered
popcorn; shake or stir to coat evenly.
Pour the Cheddar Cheese Popcorn mixture into a large roasting
pan. Place in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 20 to 30
minutes, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes until the popcorn mixture
has dried out and the moisture is gone. Remove from oven and serve
immediately or let cool completely and store in airtight containers
or re-sealable bags.
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