Smoky Cheddar Popcorn Snacks for Busy Families

Need a healthy snack on the run? These smoky cheddar popcorn snacks are easy and inexpensive to make. They might just help you skip a fast food stop.

cheddar popcorn snacks in several bowls (on brown board)

Cheddar Popcorn Snacks

These easy-to-make cheddar popcorn snacks are flavored with real cheese — both parmesan and cheddar — and a bit of smoked paprika. Bring these handy snacks along to feed your hungry kids on the go!

My friend, Brette Sember, has a new cookbook out! In The Muffin Tin Cookbook, she shares recipes for appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and dessert — all made in muffin tins. Including these cheddar popcorn snacks.

Here’s Brette:

My kids are in their teens now, but I swear I still have crumbs at the bottom of my purse from all the snacks I’ve packed over the years.

I’m still hitting the pantry for portable snacks before picking up youngest from school and shuttling him to lessons, practice, meetings, and medical appointments. Easy on the go snacks are like gold in my kitchen.

Healthy snacking

But I don’t want anything packaged, processed, or that is not “real” food. My solution is to cook snacks in my muffin tins. Yes, muffin tins. Not only do they allow you to make individually portioned snacks, but silicone muffin tin liners are non-stick, colorful, and reusable—the perfect way to transport snacks.

in process photos, making cheddar popcorn snacks

Related: How to Organize Your Country Kitchen

Muffin tin cooking is a great way to get kids interested in cooking and eating healthy foods, too. They love choosing the liners, arranging food in the cups, and seeing the transformation when it comes out of the oven. There’s something about food that is round, small, and perfectly shaped that appeals to kids.

Related: Make These Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins for Breakfast

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cheddar popcorn snacks in several bowls (on brown board)

Smoky Cheddar Popcorn Snacks

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Need a healthy snack on the run? These smoky cheddar popcorn snacks are easy and inexpensive to make. They might just help you skip a fast food stop.


  • 5 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare 6 jumbo muffin cups with silicone liners (use regular size silicone liners if you can’t find jumbo: the recipe will just make more servings).
  2. Toss popcorn and other ingredients in a bowl, then divide among the muffin cups.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted.


Note from Kris: Regular muffin tins work just fine, too.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 552Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 101gFiber: 17gSugar: 1gProtein: 17g

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The Muffin Tin Cookbook

With a collection of 200 easy-to-make recipes, The Muffin Tin Cookbook is a boon for busy parents! If these smoky cheddar popcorn snacks or peanut butter and jelly muffins appeal to you, you’ll love the other 198 recipes Brette includes in her book!

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About the author: Kris Bordessa is an award-winning National Geographic author and a certified Master Food Preserver. If you want to send Kris a quick message, you can get in touch here.

1 comment… add one
  • Michelle Mar 24, 2018 @ 22:00

    Great recipe for a crunchy snack!

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