Zesty Wisconsin Parmesan Popcorn

Zesty Wisconsin Parmesan Popcorn

Like cheese popcorn but want a lower-cal version than the store-bought cheese popcorn? Try this popcorn, made with real cheese.

Per serving: 63 calories, 3 g fat and 240 mg sodium.

Saves: 97 calories, 10.4 g fat and 297 mg sodium.


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Serves: 8 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Extra Time: 5 mins
(for pre-popping the popcorn and melting the butter)

Yield: 8 x 1 cup servings

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About this Recipe Makeover

The ingredients in store-bought cheese popcorn generally include cheddar cheese powder, artificial flavorings, salt and oil-popped popcorn rendering it quite a fatty, salty snack.

This zesty Wisconsin Parmesan Popcorn made-over recipe shaves off fat, calories and salt by replacing oil-popped popcorn with air-popped, and reducing the amount of added salt. Plus by using real cheese, instead of cheese powder, the flavor is enhanced.

Ingredients Show Makeover Show Traditional

  • 8 cup air-popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup kernels)
  • 3 Tbsp buttery spread, melted (such as Smart Balance)
  • 1/4 cup grated reduced-fat Wisconsin Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 cup oil-popped popcorn
  • 6 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black or white pepper, or to taste


Place popped popcorn in large bowl. Drizzle melted butter over it and toss lightly. Quickly stir in cheese and seasonings. Toss to mix.


Remove unpopped popcorn kernels, particularly if serving small children.

Thanks to Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board - www.eatwisconsincheese.com

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 63 cals
Kilojoules 265 kJ
Fat 3.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Sodium 240 mg
Carbohydrates 7.8 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Total Sugars 0.1 g
Protein 1.8 g
Calcium 33.0 mg
CALORIES 160 cals
Kilojoules 670 kJ
Fat 13.4 g
Saturated Fat 7.4 g
Cholesterol 30 mg
Sodium 537 mg
Carbohydrates 6.7 g
Fiber 0.9 g
Total Sugars 1.6 g
Protein 2.4 g
Calcium 64.0 mg
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