My dad wasn’t a cook. I don’t have a single memory of him even working the grill. Mom and I joked that he could rebuild a toaster, but clueless on toasting his own bread. To this day, I can’t remember a single thing he ever cooked.
He was a master at popcorn, and poured any interest he had in cooking into this simple snack. He started with Jiffy Pop. Do you remember this one from your childhood? (Yes I know I’m dating myself now.) For those who don’t, Jiffy Pop came in a heavy foil pan suitable for stovetop cooking, filled with popcorn kernels, and covered with more heavy foil. It was fun to watch the foil balloon up as the popcorn popped on the stove. But it often burned, and it just wasn’t very good.
Dad researched popcorn makers in Consumer Reports, and a couple of times a year purchased a new one he was convinced would up his game. I’m certain he was the first in his circle of friends to have an air popper.
He tested every popcorn kernel on the market, searching for the best kernel that would pop up into a fluffy morsel with just the right crunch. Orville Reddenbacher kernels were his favorite.
Get the Right Equipment and Kernel
So when my husband and I recently decided to cut back on sugar, I decided popcorn was a good solution to desserts and snacks. First, I purchased this nifty popcorn popper (affiliate link) in an after Christmas sale. We liked it so well, we bought two: one for our home outside San Francisco + one for our condo in the mountains.
Next I researched all kinds of kernels, finding that Bob’s Red Mill kernels popped up to almost twice the size of other kernels (affiliate link). (And no, this isn’t a sponsored post :-)!)
Dad would be so proud.
Nutritional Yeast Popcorn
And lastly, I started to experiment with adding flavors. Enter, nutritional yeast, the real secret to making addictive popcorn. It gives popcorn a cheesy flavor similar to Doritos, but omg so much healthier. Nutritional yeast is loaded with healthy nutrients, and is considered one of those super foods we should all be eating. And it makes this popcorn addictive. Consider yourself warned.
Nutritional Yeast Popcorn (Best Popcorn Ever!!)
- Bobs Red Mill popcorn kernels
- Your favorite extra-virgin olive oil
- Your favorite seasoned salt mix
- Nutritional yeast
- Air pop the corn kernels - I pop mine in the microwave oven with the pictured glass popcorn popper.
- Spill the popcorn into a large bowl.
- Drizzle with olive oil enough to lightly coat. It's best to start with a couple tablespoons and add more as desired. Sprinkle with the seasoned salt to your own tastes - again it's best to start with a smaller amount as it's easy to add more if you want.
- Generously sprinkle with nutritional yeast - this is magic stuff that really makes this popcorn addictive.
- Toss with your hands to coat the popcorn and serve.