How to Make Your Own Movie-Style Popcorn at Home

When you go to the movies, a big part of the fun is in that huge bucket of popcorn you get to snack on while watching the latest release. However, if you prefer watching movies in the comfort of your home, you may want to make the delicious popcorn yourself. Here’s how to make the most buttery popcorn ever.

The first thing you should know that those popcorn are not made using butter alone. If you try to pop the kernels on hot butter you can easily end up with an unsatisfying snack. The movie-theater secret is actually in butter flavoring, as much as we hate to admit it.

Movie-style popcorn is made with coconut or canola oil. Once it’s done, it’s sprinkled with salt, butter flavoring, and yellow food coloring. That’s the magic formula for getting the golden yellow, delicious popcorn we all know and love.

If you want to avoid butter flavoring and want to use real butter instead, you can try soaking the kernels in clarified butter and letting them pop. Regular butter has around 20% of water, which will make your popcorn soggy in the end. You can make your own clarified butter (also known as ghee) or use the store-bought version.