popcorn in a toaster oven

Popcorn has been enjoyed for centuries, long before the invention of the modern oven, microwave, or toaster oven. We all know that popcorn can be enjoyed by making it on top of the stove or in the microwave, but what about making popcorn in the toaster oven? Can you successfully make popcorn in the toaster oven?  

You can successfully enjoy the wonderful smell and taste of freshly popped popcorn straight from your toaster oven. If you do not have a stove or microwave to make popcorn, or if you just want to try out a new method, a toaster oven may be a great way to make popcorn for you or your family. 

If you simply want a healthy new way of making popcorn, it is easy to make popcorn in a toaster oven by following the instructions and necessary safety precautions. We will show you how with easy-to-follow steps that will keep you and your family wanting more popcorn from the toaster oven. 

Is Making Popcorn in a Toaster Oven Easy? 

Toaster ovens are a cross between regular stove ovens and your ordinary countertop toaster. They prepare many food items that can easily be enjoyed at home, including popcorn.

There is no standing over the hot stove while constantly shaking a kettle or pot, only to discover half of the kernels are still unpopped in the bottom of the pot.

There are no burned fingers or smell of burnt popcorn kernels that sometimes occurs when you take bagged microwave popcorn out of the microwave. 

Making popcorn in a toaster oven means that you have the advantage of enjoying healthy, tasty popcorn in a very short time.

Just follow our easy process and tips to have popcorn that you never thought would be possible in an affordable, easy-to-clean toaster oven. 

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Tips For Making Popcorn in a Toaster Oven? 

Popping popcorn requires only a heat source, which makes a toaster oven a perfect option. There are, however, things to know before you get started on your new way to popping delicious popcorn at home. 

First, you do not want popcorn all over the toaster oven, so do not put the kernels alone on the toaster oven tray. The easiest way to prevent a mess is to make a tent out of aluminum foil, or a toaster oven cage. You can also use an ovenproof bowl covered with foil. 

Second, do not use a paper bag for popping popcorn in a toaster oven. Using a paper bag poses a potential fire risk if the paper gets near the toaster oven’s heating element. 

How Do I Make Popcorn in a Toaster Oven?  

There is no need to worry about having to have a special talent or a lot of patience when making popcorn in a toaster oven. You can have delicious, healthy popcorn, and even add your own touch, within a matter of minutes. 

  1. Start by preheating the toaster oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place one-third to one-half cup of kernels in your oven-proof bowl and cover it with foil or place the kernels in the foil tent or cage. Do not use more kernels than this, because they need plenty of room to pop. 
  3. Place the kernels in the preheated toaster oven. You will soon hear the popping start. 
  4. Wait until the popping stops
  5. Turn the toaster oven setting to the off position.
  6. Grab your oven mitts or potholders in each hand and carefully remove the bowl or foil tent from the toaster oven. Place on a potholder on the counter.
  7. Let the container sit for a minute or so because it is very hot.
  8. Open carefully. Steam will escape from your foil tent or bowl.
  9. Enjoy your new way to make popcorn at home!

If you are looking for ways to flavor your popcorn check out the article 11 Simple Ways to Flavor Your Popcorn

What To Put On Popcorn Made in the Toaster Oven? 

Discovering a new way to make popcorn does not mean that it must be bland and tasteless. You can easily add your own touch to toaster over popcorn.

You cannot add butter or oil before you make the popcorn, but you can certainly add it after removing the popcorn from the toaster oven. Toss the popcorn with butter or olive oil to your taste.  

Season your popcorn to taste by adding salt or your favorite spices. Make it the go-to snack for a family movie night by adding cinnamon and brown sugar or caramel sauce. 

Make a special batch of popcorn in the toaster oven for friends and add parmesan cheese or another favorite cheese.

Consider adding spices such as chives, garlic, jerk seasoning, cumin, or paprika. You may consider adding nuts or toasted sesame seeds.  

Do you really want to impress family and friends with your popcorn that you made in the toaster oven?

Consider adding bacon to the popcorn. Fry a few pieces of bacon until it is crisp and drain on paper towels. Crumble the bacon, add a bit of the bacon drippings or butter, and toss it into the popcorn. 

Do you or your family members prefer a sweeter-tasting toaster oven popcorn?

Consider adding mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, and pecans for rocky road popcorn. Another sweet option is to make tropical popcorn. Toast sweetened, shredded coconut until just golden brown. Mix well into the popcorn along with your favorite dried tropical fruits.  

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