Popcorn Recipe

TOAST's recipe for the ultimate homemade popcorn

If the multitude of weird and wonderful flavours in our top picks of posh popcorn have left you feeling inspired; why not try making your own flavour combinations at home? Pick up some dried corn kernels (readily available from most supermarkets), some spices, and get cooking;

  • Firstly you’ll need a large pan with a tight-fitting lid. A heavy based pan is best so that kernels at the bottom of the pan don’t burn. Alternatively you could invest in a snazzy popcorn specific pan, like this little number from Ocado £18.97, which has a super secure lid to ensure no escaping popcorn. 

Popcorn Machine

  • Heat the pan with a little oil before adding some corn kernels. Cover and heat. The kernels will start to pop quite quickly and the popping will become quite frenzied! Wait until the popping slows, and then remove the pan from the heat and carefully remove the lid.
  • Be sure not to put too many kernels in the pan as when they pop they size expands dramatically! So if you have too many kernels you could end up with popcorn everywhere. Plus they also need room to fully pop and fluff up. As a rule of thumb fill the pan only one-quarter full, and never more than one-third full.
  • Once cooked place your popcorn in a large dish and then, whilst it is still warm, – get creative! You could try adding;
    • Icing sugar
    • Salt
    • A little butter to the hot pan and stir in the popcorn until it’s coated.
    • Paprika, chili or curry powder
    • A squeeze or lime or lemon zest
    • Chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary
    • For a wintery mix why not try spices like nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and a drizzle of honey?
    • If you’re feeling really adventurous you could try wasabi, soy sauce or coconut oil

Once you’ve finished creating your masterpiece – serve in a few bowls and enjoy!

These beautifully simple bowls by Sophie Conran for Portmerion will add style to your corn creations, from £24.50, and we also love this colourful collection of hand painted ceramics from Portuguese brand Da Terra from Unique and Unity

Sophie Conran

Da Terra Pasta Bowls


If there is any popcorn leftover (unlikely I know) then why not decant them into Kilner Jars and give to friends as gifts? Christmas is coming after all…. 

We love these coloured Kilner jars – they are a stylish and trendy twist on the standard jars, plus their air tight lid will ensure that your popcorn stays fresh.

£3.40 each from Philip Morris.


Posted in Recipe

by Sophie Farrah
on on 28 September 2016


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