Gluten Free Parmesan & Purple Basil Gourmet Popcorn

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Cheesy, fresh popcorn tossed with purple basil and doused with butter is an easy gourmet snack!
Gluten Free Parmesan & Purple Basil Gourmet Popcorn from
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Homemade White Cheese Popcorn

When I was 8 years old, my classmates and I went on a white cheese popcorn binge. Every day in our lunches, we'd have bags of white cheese popcorn, the kind that kids adore: that coats your fingers in a fuzzy layer of quasi-artificial cheese powder.

I'd like to say that now, exactly 20 years later, my tastes have refined and matured, but the truth is, as soon as I step foot onto American soil, I make a beeline for that white cheddar cheese vending machine popcorn. There's just something decadent about it!

While I do like to indulge in the bad stuff every now and again, this recipe celebrates the good stuff! The lovely folks at Designer Habitat popped a VonShef Fat-Free Hot Air Popcorn Maker to me just before Christmas and since then, every weekend we've enjoyed fresh popcorn. In fact, this is just the first recipe of many I'll be sharing with you!

Gourmet popcorn is such a thing and I absolutely love that. I've been a hardcore popcorn fanatic all my life. No cinema experience is complete without it and my kitchen cupboards are not fully stocked without a box of the microwavable stuff. Except for now. The microwavable stuff has been replaced by kernels and toppings for homemade gourmet popcorn! 

I'm easing you into the world of homemade gourmet popcorn with a straightforward recipe today that will bring out the kid in you!

VonShef Fat Free Hot Air Popcorn Maker from Designer Habitat on
A swanky VonShef Fat Free Hot Air Popcorn Maker from Designer Habitat

I absolutely adore this popcorn maker! You don't need to add any oil or butter to make the popcorn, so unless you drizzle a bit of butter over top after you're all done popping, you can easily make fat free popcorn! If you do wish to finish your popcorn with a kiss of butter, simply melt the butter in the cradle while the popcorn pops. The heat from the machine melts the butter for you! Easy!


For the gourmet popcorn
1 portion popcorn kernels
1 teaspoon purple basil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons parmesan, grated
sea salt

Uncooked popcorn kernels ready to make homemade white cheese popcorn from

Gluten Free Parmesan & Purple Basil Gourmet Popcorn

Hot air popcorn making in action from


  1. Scoop one cup of popcorn kernels in the measuring cup provided and place into the popcorn maker.
  2. Put the butter in the cup and place on top of the machine to melt.
  3. Turn the machine one and pop the kernels.
  4. Sprinkle immediately after popping with sea salt and parmesan cheese.
  5. Pour the butter over the pooped popcorn.
  6. Toss with purple basil and enjoy!

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