Bacon Cheddar Popcorn Recipe

Last Updated on October 19, 2022 by Ellen Christian

You are going to love my Bacon Cheddar Popcorn Recipe! Make a big bowl of this homemade cheddar popcorn with bacon today.

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We love salty snacks in a variety of flavors at our house.  We don’t buy a lot of packaged salty snacks because they are often loaded with artificial ingredients and are not gluten-free. 

But we still love to enjoy them, so I have been making my own with JOLLY-TIME popcorn. You may want to try these homemade popcorn seasonings next.

Vermont Cheddar Bacon Popcorn Recipe


Homemade Cheddar Popcorn

Since my daughter is gluten intolerant, I prefer to bring food into the house that she can enjoy.

JOLLY TIME Pop Corn is a gluten-free whole grain snack that can easily be created in various delicious flavors that the whole family will enjoy. I also love knowing that JOLLY TIME Pop Corn is a non-GMO product! That is so important in my family.

This popcorn is a delicious grown-up treat for movie night or anytime you’re entertaining.   We chose aged Vermont sharp cheddar cheese (of course) to top our JOLLY TIME Pop Corn,

However, it would be equally delicious topped with Parmesan or even blue cheese.  Go with your family’s favorite tastes and enjoy.

a bowl of popcorn

How do you make homemade cheddar popcorn from scratch?

Most people begin with a cheddar powder to make it taste more like the type you get at the store. But, I prefer to use real cheddar cheese for a more authentic taste and fewer chemicals.

How do you get cheese to stick to popcorn?

Pop your popcorn with oil or butter for the best results. It will be harder to do if you use air-popped popcorn.

What type of bacon should I use?

I just used regular bacon from the grocery store. But, if you are concerned bout the fat content, you can try it with turkey bacon. As long as it is crispy, it should turn out fine.

You are going to love my Vermont Cheddar Bacon Popcorn Recipe! Make a big bowl of this homemade cheddar popcorn with bacon today.

Tips for storing popcorn:

I’ve heard people say that popcorn kernels should be stored in the refrigerator, but in many cases, this is the worst possible place to store them. Most refrigerators have very little humidity inside them and this can cause the kernels to dry out.

Instead, store popcorn kernels in an air-tight jar with a lid in a cool cupboard. If you need to store popcorn kernels for a long period of time, they can be stored for up to one year in the freezer.

To store homemade cheddar popcorn that has already been popped, you can keep it in a Ziploc plastic bag for a few days.

How can I flavor popcorn without butter?

If you want to flavor popcorn without using butter, why not make it with red palm oil? The taste is very similar to butter but it’s much healthier.

6 Delicious Popcorn Seasonings to Make at Home

More popcorn snacks

If you love popcorn as much as we do, you right want to try a few of these popcorn recipes next. They can all be made with JOLLY-TIME popcorn.

Yield: 3

Vermont Cheddar Bacon Popcorn Recipe

You are going to love my Vermont Cheddar Bacon Popcorn Recipe! Make a big bowl of this homemade cheddar popcorn with bacon today.

You are going to love my Vermont Cheddar Bacon Popcorn Recipe! Make a big bowl of this homemade cheddar popcorn with bacon today.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1/3 cup JOLLY TIME Pop Corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup grated Vermont Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely crumbled, cooked bacon
  • oil for popping


  1. Add the oil to a heavy pot with a tight fitting lid.
  2. Add the JOLLY TIME Pop Corn kernels and pop on high until they are all popped.
  3. Quickly sprinkle the grated Vermont cheddar cheese and the bacon pieces over the top of the JOLLY TIME Pop Corn while the popcorn is still hot.
  4. If you need to, cover the popcorn with tin foil and put it in a warm oven to completely melt the cheese.
  5. Serve Vermont Cheddar Bacon Popcorn warm and enjoy

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 437mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g

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37 thoughts on “Bacon Cheddar Popcorn Recipe”

  1. Ummm this sounds amazing! Who would store popcorn for a year?! I go through a bag of kernels in like 2 months tops! ;)
  2. Bacon with popcorn? How can I say no to that??? Thanks for sharing on Friday Frenzy!
  3. Popcorn doesn't get any better than this! Thanks for linking up at Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED!
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  9. Popcorn, cheddar, and bacon are three of my favorite things! ;) I don't think popcorn could possibly get any better than this! Thanks for sharing :)
  10. I sooooo need to make this.  Vermont cheddar and bacon?  I don't know that there's a better pairing!  Add it on top of popcorn (my favorite snack) and I just may swoon.
  11. I'll have to save this recipe! I can't eat popcorn when I'm pregnant or it kills my tummy. Looks and sounds delicious. Pinned! 

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