When it comes to movie night, the first snack I reach for is microwave popcorn. If I’m trying to be healthy, I go for the salted type, but on other nights or when the kids fancy a treat, there are so many good varieties available. Of course, some are better than others and a bad snack can put a dampener on the whole evening. This is why I created this list of the 10 best microwave popcorns.
There is something for all tastes, but only the better popcorn brands have made it. Whether you prefer savoury or sweet, crunchier or fluffier, it doesn’t matter, the following list covers all bases.
My Picks for The 10 Best Microwave Popcorns
#8 Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop! Butter Microwave Popcorn
From the popular brand in the niche comes their 94% fat-free popcorn. For healthy eaters, popcorn has always been a wise choice of snack, but this butter flavoured popcorn allows anyone to enjoy the flavour with fewer calories. They are the only major brand to use real butter and when popped, each of these 12 bags makes popcorn that is around 15 calories per cup. With no artificial flavours, dyes, or preservatives, this is a gluten-free popcorn contains 0 g trans fat with every serving. Every ingredient is from a natural source.
Only 15 calories per cup
#7 ASS KICKIN’ Kettle Corn Microwave Popcorn
They make it sound like this popcorn is for the more daring, but this sweet and salty flavour has a special recipe, they say it is the sweetest popcorn around. This six-pack might go fast, but only because you will be tempted to keep going back for more. A gourmet kettle popcorn that will be a favourite for young mouthes, it has the right balance between sweet and salty but then there are other flavours to try as well. For the more adventurous, there is the habanero, and even chili and lime. If you just want to sit and enjoy a quality bowl without the heat, stay in your lane with this flavour.
#6 Act II Butter Lovers Microwave Popcorn
A big value pack with 30 included, this simple to make microwave popcorn has a signature buttery taste where all the kernels pop, filling the bag nicely. Only partially natural in flavour, they are still a bargain at the price. To stock up your cupboards with quality popcorn, Act II is always a reliable choice. It contains citric acid for freshness and can be thrown in the microwave for a quick, and easy snack the family will enjoy. The added salt creates a savoury, buttery flavour that makes this such a popular treat.
#5 Butterkist Salted Microwave Popcorn Pack of 2
A famous brand which all but guarantees perfect microwave popcorn every time. This salted flavour has the right savoury balance and provides big pieces for you to crunch on. With no artificial flavours, this is up there with some of the most popular at-home popcorn brands for a reason. Each bag makes around 60g of popcorn, and you get six in total, that’s more than enough to see you through the next set of movie nights. High in fibre, and with no artificial colours, it is made from their secret recipe that they are keeping close to their chests. It’s hard to blame them, Butterkist is too good to share.
Great salty taste
#4 Pop Secret Popcorn, Movie Theater Butter
A star name that makes a theatre-style butter popcorn, one for the savoury lovers. Easy to make, it creates huge popcorn that is made from 100% whole grain cornels. The corn used is non-GMO so you know it is responsibly sourced and it is even kosher certified. This massive 30-pack sized box gives you plenty of movie nights worth. What is good about this popcorn is that it is flavoured with Paprika and Annatto and made without artificial preservatives or flavours. If you like a sweeter style of butter popcorn, then this is a must-have for your household. You’ll get a great crunch, and a big portion every time.
Whole grain cornels
No artificial flavours
#3 Orville Redenbacher’s Movie Theater Butter Microwave Popcorn
Some name’s you know you can trust, and that’s exactly what we have here. The convenience of having multiple bags means you are less likely to find yourself short in the spare of the moment and have to take a trip to the local store. Let’s start with the quality, Orville Redenbacher’s is one of the few brands that actually use real butter – that explains why it tastes so good! There are no artificial flavours or dyes, and it takes no time to make a huge bowl of brilliantly buttery popcorn. Since 1952, this reliable brand has been making consistently good popcorn that you can enjoy at home.
No artificial flavours
#2 Kirkland Signature Microwave Popcorn
With enough popcorn to get you through the year, this 44 pack of butter flavour popcorn is one of the most popular for those buying in bulk. It’s no surprise though, the gluten-free corns are given that movie-type of savoury flavour that is hard to resist. With no additional ingredients, and made from 100% whole grain they pop to a large size and have the perfect crunch that keeps your hand going back for more. Can be added as party bags thanks to the numerous packs, they are simple to get right and offer great value for money.
44 pack for good value
No additional ingredients
#1 Jolly Time Simply Popped Butter Microwave Popcorn
Simply popped offer a popcorn that is exactly how it sounds, simply flavoured, but also tastes great. With 0 grams of sugar or trans fats, it is a great snack for anyone on a health kick and is approximately 35 calories per cup. It is non-GMO which is always a plus point, but the simple ingredient also impress. Made of only butter, popcorn, oil, and sea salt it manages to maintain a great flavour, whilst remaining a snack you can have regularly. Gluten-free, and available in packs of six, Jolly Time has created a delicious popcorn that gets the flavour balance just right.
0 trans fats