Smartfood Copycat White Cheddar Popcorn

Smart Food Copycat White Cheddar Popcorn

Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 2 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 8 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
231 Calories
20g Fat
9g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 231
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 278mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 49mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you love the white cheddar popcorn from Smartfood, you will be excited to learn that it is easy to make your own homemade version of this snack food treat in your own kitchen.

Start by popping your favorite popcorn. Since it will be tossed with butter and flavor, it is best to pop plain popcorn. An air popper works great for this, or you can use a plain microwave popcorn variety. If you are using a classic popcorn popper with a bit of oil, be sure to select an oil with a high smoke point, such as canola or sunflower oil.

The secret to making white cheddar popcorn from scratch is getting the cheese powder to stick to every single kernel of popcorn. The last thing anyone wants is a bite without any flavor one moment, followed by a piece with too much cheese the next. The key is to coat the popcorn with the melted butter and cheese powder in batches. Start with half of the popcorn, half of the butter and half of the cheese powder. Toss to coat and then repeat the process with the remaining ingredients.

You can even add your own special twists to homemade white cheddar popcorn. For a savory herb version toss in a packet of dried ranch dressing seasoning. If you like a bit of a kick, add some dried chili powder or a pinch of cayenne pepper.


  • 8 cups plain popped popcorn

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • 1/3 cup white cheddar cheese powder

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

    Smart Food Copycat White Cheddar Popcorn

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

  2. Add 4 cups of the popped popcorn to a large bowl. Drizzle with half of the melted butter and half of the white cheddar cheese powder. Toss to coat evenly.

    Smart Food Copycat White Cheddar Popcorn

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

  3. Add the remaining 4 cups of popped popcorn to the same bowl. Drizzle with the remaining melted butter and remaining white cheddar cheese powder. Toss again to coat. Incorporate the popcorn from the first layer into the second addition.

    Smart Food Copycat White Cheddar Popcorn

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg


Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 48 hours.

Where's the cheese (powder)?!

While it might not be an everyday ingredient or readily available in your pantry, most major grocery stores carry cheese powder. You will find it most likely in the seasonings and condiments isles where the powdered ranch dressing might be. Otherwise, online is your best bet.

No cheese powder? No problem!

Try this cheese popcorn recipe using real cheddar probably already have in your fridge!