Movie Theater Popcorn

Cuisinart original

Clarifying butter reduces its water content, giving this popcorn all the buttery flavor without making it wet. Add a combination of your favorite theater candy and you are all set for movie night!


Makes about 10 cups popcorn, 12 cups mix


1        stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cold,
          cut into tablespoons
⅓    cup popcorn kernels
3        tablespoons clarified butter
½    kosher salt
⅔    cup chocolate candy (such as Raisinets®, Buncha Crunch®,
          or Sno-Caps®)
⅔   cup candy-coated morsels (such as Reese’s Pieces®,
          Peanut M&M’s®, or Skittles®)
⅔    cup gummies or chewy candy (such as Sour Patch Kids®,
          Twizzlers®, or Haribo’s® Gold-Bears®)

Nutritional information

Nutritional information varies depending on candy used
Nutritional Information per 1-cup serving of popcorn (without candy mix-ins):
Calories 62 (65% from fat) • carb. 5g • pro. 1g • fat 5g • sat. fat 3g • chol. 0mg sod. 56mg • calc. 0mg • fiber 1g


1. Make the clarified butter: Put the butter in a large microwaveable
measuring cup. Place in the Cuisinart® 3-in-1 Microwave AirFryer
Plus. Select Microwave, Butter Melt (A3) preset, and press Start.
Let rest in the oven for 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat preset. Let the melted
butter rest in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove. Butter should
appear separated in three layers. If not, repeat preset once more.
Skim off the top layer of milk solids and discard. Pour the clear
middle layer into a container, being careful to leave the bottom layer
behind. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the clarified butter. Cover and
store the remainder in the refrigerator; reheat as needed.
2. Put the kernels into the Cuisinart® Pop and Serve Microwave Popcorn Maker (or a microwave-safe bowl with lid); cover with lid. Place in the oven. Select Microwave, and set the time for 4 minutes and the power level to High (10P); press Start.
3. Once the popcorn is ready, remove the lid, and drizzle clarified butter  over the popcorn. Sprinkle with salt and add candy mix-ins. Cover and toss to combine or stir together with a heatproof spatula until fully coated. Serve immediately.