Oct 26, 2022

Lightly Sweetened Popcorn Sprinkled with Salt Flakes

My favorite way, so far, to enjoy popcorn is with homemade caramel. However, even it's easy enough, caramel popcorn still requires some efforts to make, and here's my earlier recipe for caramel popcorn. To cut down the hassles, I've got this one alternative when that popcorn cravings call. It's easier to make, and definitely easier to clean afterwards. 

Lightly sweetened popcorn sprinkled with salt flakes - 

Lightly sweetened popcorn sprinkled with salt flakes


  • 3/4 cup popping corn 
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt 


Mix confectioner's sugar with 3/4 cup of popping corn. 

Popping corn with confectioner's sugar

Use a pot with a lid, I actually find Asian wok works really well when making popcorn. Drizzle 4 tablespoons of oil and turn to medium high heat.

Wait till the oil gets warm, test it by dropping in one popping corn. If the corn starts spinning or with bubbles sizzling around it, should be ready to go.

Add all the sugar mixed popping corn to the hot oil. Right before they start popping, perhaps with a spatula to move the corn around, till all the sugar has been melted. 

Quickly put the lid on and wait till the corns start to pop. Swirl the pot or wok once a while to help popping the corns. Continue to do that till it quiet down. Still with the lid on, let it sit for one more minute.

Making sweet and savory popcorn

Open up the lid and mix in 1 teaspoon of salt while the popcorn is still warm. If unsure, you can start out with 1/2 teaspoon of salt first, which you can always add more later on. 

Shake and mix till evenly blended. Taste and adjust with extra confectioner's sugar or salt if needed. Transfer to serving container, remember to pick out un-popped corns if you see any.

Lightly sweetened popcorn sprinkled with salt flakes

This recipe calls for four ingredients only, can't be simpler than that. Even though my true love still resides with caramel popcorn, but this slightly sweet and savory version will do for now.

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