You’ve run into this problem at the movie theater (that butter spigot doesn’t drizzle, it spurts). And you’ve experienced it at home… especially if your significant other buys the healthy stuff. So what to do? We pull the question and several answers from the crowd at Q&A site Stack Exchange.
Buttering popcorn is impossible. It always turns out inconsistent. A few pieces will be soaked with butter, and others have no butter on them at all.
But I want butter on my popcorn. What should I do?
— Brian Ortiz (originally asked here)
Answer: Butter-Pop in a Pan
Make your popcorn in a pot instead of using a microwave. (It’s easy, and cheap). And instead of using oil as most recipes require, go with melted butter. Voila: butter-hinted popcorn!
— Answered by Martha F.
Answer: Render First, then Pan Pop
Use real butter and render it before you add it to unpopped kernels.
- Allow butter to simmer in a stovetop pan.
- Remove from heat and scrape the foam (milk solids) off with a spoon.
- Put the butter back on the heat, but be careful not to burn it. (You might want to keep the heat on medium and periodically remove the pan.)
- Remove the rest of the foam (try to get rid of almost all of it).
Your butter is now rendered!
Now pour in your kernels, cover and let simmer on low heat.
When the corn starts popping, release steam by lifting lid away from your face.
You’ll have perfect popcorn in less than 10 minutes.
— Answered by Lili
Alternative Answer: Add Powdered Butter
Officially, you’re supposed to add water to powdered butter. But I won’t tell anyone if you keep it dry and shake.
— Answered by Brendan Long
Alternative Answer: DIY Butter Powder
Add melted butter to tapioca maltodextrin (try N-Zorbit) until it is fully absorbed — the substance will solidify at a ratio of about 3:2 butter to tapioca maltodextrin.
Then, rub your solid butter brick through a fine sieve or tamis and disperse over a bowl of pre-popped popcorn.
Once the powdered butter hits your mouth, it will turn to liquid once again. (Melts in your mouth, not on your kernels.)
— Answered by Sam Hooker
Alternative Answer: The Bag Shake
- Melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter (more if you’re a butter-head).
- Fill a clean paper lunch bag half-way with your popped popcorn.
- Drizzle your melted butter along the sides of the half-filled bag, fold over the top, and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.
- Repeat as necessary until all your popcorn is well-buttered (and unsoggy).
— Answered by Katey HW
Alternative Answer: Melt & Melon Ball
It takes time, but I fill a melon baller with melted butter then drizzle and swirl it through the tiny hole over a large bowl of popped corn. Toss the bowl contents between mellon ball butter shot swirls for best results.
— Answered by mskfisher