Apple Cinnamon Popcorn

Apple Cinnamon Popcorn is a sponsored post on behalf of The Popcorn Board. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.

Why would you want to always only be eating plain old popcorn? Level up your popcorn game by adding some flavor to your popcorn and make this scrumptious Apple Cinnamon Popcorn!

apple cinnamon popcorn in a pink bucket


Flavored Popcorn

There has never been a shortage of flavored popcorn, caramel apple popcorn being among the most popular. I even remember as a kid eating colored popcorn balls.

Now that I think about it, they must have just been corn syrup with food coloring. I’ll have to ask my mom. But I had fond memories of warm, gooey and sweet popcorn balls.

ingredients for apple cinnamon popcorn - popcorn, honey butter, cinnamon and apple chips

While fabulous in moderation, I needed an alternative popcorn seasoning to keep me munching responsibly. I came up with a healthier version: Apple Cinnamon Popcorn!

How to Make Flavored Popcorn

Basically an apple pie popcorn, I took air popped kernels and tossed them with honey butter, cinnamon and vanilla. You can even use apple pie spice if you’d like.

honey butter with a dripper

Depending on what you have around the house, use coconut oil or unsalted butter, to toss with the other flavors and equally distribute.

It only uses 2 tablespoons of butter for 4-6 cups of popcorn. I whisk that with just a tablespoon of honey (or agave nectar) and cinnamon before tossing.

honey butter pouring over freshly popped popcorn

But what really sets this popcorn seasoning apart are the apple chips. Dehydrated chips of tart and sweet apples account for fruit intake and add loads of flavor!

You can toss in an flavor of dried fruit, banana chips, cranberries or raisins.

red apple chips on a pink and blue linen

The mix is a little tacky when first tossed, just like it would be with just butter, but if you allow it to sit in a single layer on a baking sheet for a few hours, it will dry.

When to Serve

When can’t you serve it? I like it as a snack or dessert. It works perfectly for movie night at home.

Kids also love these flavors, so serving it as a munchie at kids parties or even in little baggies for goodie bags is an excellent idea.

hand reaching into a blue bucket for apple cinnamon popcorn

Storage & Freezing

I actually prefer this popcorn best right after tossing when the honey butter makes the popcorn all warm and gooey. But you can also follow the instructions above for a dry version.

Popcorn is best the first day. Remember, this is doesn’t have preservatives or a ton of salt to keep it fresh for a long amount of time.

Popcorn in a bowl, with Cinnamon

You can store leftovers in an airtight plastic container for 3-5 days, but any pieces that got an extra dose of butter might get soggy. I highly recommend using the drying method if you plan to store this or serve in goodie bags for parties.

Popcorn, in general, doesn’t freeze well after being popped. However, unpopped kernels do stay much fresher if frozen for up to 1 year.

apple cinnamon popcorn in a pink bucket for serving

Want to learn more corny facts about popcorn? 

  • Popcorn is actually a seed.
  • Popcorn is a whole grain, full of dietary fiber and is naturally gluten free.
  • Popcorn is non-GMO and there has never been a GMO popcorn seed for sale in the U.S..
  • Americans consume 14 billion quarts of popcorn annually.
  • The highest kernel popped 3 feet into the air.
  • “Popability” refers to the percentage of kernels that pop in any given variety.
  • Popcorn comes in two shapes: the “snowflake” and the “mushroom”.
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Popcorn in a bowl, with Cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon Popcorn

5 from 4 votes
Apple Cinnamon Popcorn is a great way to enjoy popcorn as a dessert or snack. Fresh popcorn tossed with honey butter, cinnamon, vanilla and crunchy apple chips.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4



  • 4-6 cups plain popcorn popped
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon or apple pie spice
  • 1 cup apple chips (dehydrated apples pieces)


  • In a small bowl, melt coconut oil or unsalted butter with honey, vanilla and cinnamon or apple pie spice. Whisk to combine.
  • Drizzle and toss with popped plain popcorn.
  • Toss mixture with apple chips. Enjoy!
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 


Calories: 174 kcal, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 6 g, Sodium: 20 mg, Potassium: 133 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 17 g, Vitamin A: 22 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 8 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 174
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon popcorn, gourmet popcorn recipe
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Jessica Formicola in her ktichen

About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    Great Taste. Just wondering….the popcorn is somewhat sticky if you eat it right away. Does it harden or is it meant to be eaten sticky?

    1. Hi Luann,

      It does harden a little if dried, but the apples are sometimes sticky. It depends on the brand.

  2. I adore an apple with popcorn. Salty/sweet is my thing. This could be my Super Bowl snack and avoid all that other stuff I shouldn’t eat anyway. Great idea!!! Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  3. Popcorn is my (and my sons) #1 favorite snack food! We will have to try this one out for our next movie night!