How Much Popcorn Does a Tablespoon of Kernels Make?

By KatharineB

Most popcorn recipes call for 1/3 of a cup to 1 full cup of popcorn kernels to make several servings of popcorn. In its 3-quart recipe, the "Fannie Farmer Cookbook" calls for 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels. Therefore, 1 tbsp. of kernels yields 1 1/2 cups of popped popcorn.

Homemade popcorn is easy to make and serve to guests.

Kernel Storage

Popcorn kernels should be fresh and plump. To keep them from drying out, store them in a jar with a lid in the refrigerator or freezer. If the kernels start to dry out, Marion Cunningham of the "Fannie Farmer Cookbook" advises adding a tablespoon or two of water for each two cups of kernels and shaking the jar to distribute the water.

Popcorn Flavorings

Popcorn provides a great canvas for you to experiment with flavor combinations. Season your popcorn with something as simple as a little grated Parmesan cheese or as quirky as pumpkin pie spices. In "Everyday Italian," Giada de Laurentiis even substitutes rosemary-infused olive oil for the butter of the conventional popcorn recipe, rendering basic popcorn "elegant and sophisticated."

Healthier Popcorn

For a lighter version of the traditional snack, reduce the amount of butter and salt in your recipe. You may even replace the butter entirely with olive oil for a version that is both lighter and vegan.