Toasted Coconut Popcorn

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I planted a seed in my husband’s head that we needed an air popper. We had one growing up that we loved and I remember it being super easy to make popcorn with one of those guys. Sure, I make it on the stove but in the past year I’ve burned more popcorn than I care to remember. The combination of our pans with our gas stove and my easily distracted kitchen brain produces burnt popcorn. That’s not a smell you want lingering in your house.

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After a few hours of research, Casey found the highly rated Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper on Amazon. He excels at researching. This is what he picked out for us.  It wasn’t an air popper. I wanted an air popper; I was skeptical. And on the night it arrived at our door, he quickly made our first batch of popcorn and that’s when I fell head over heels for something I didn’t think I wanted/needed. Whirley-Pop! You’re so much better than an air popper.

To say that we’re smitten with popcorn is an understatement. We are straight up obsessed. I am actually a little embarrassed to divulge how many nights we’ve had popcorn for dinner in the past few weeks…It’s a lot. And if it’s not for dinner, we make it for dessert!  Which is awesome because Cooper is now on the popcorn for dessert bandwagon. What I love about the popper is that it takes no time to produce a great batch of popcorn.  You constantly stir the popper with the handle so there’s no chance of kernels burning. You place the oil & kernels in the Whirley Pop, keep it whirling, stop when you hear the pops dissipate and you’re golden.

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We’ve been really into making it with coconut oil and experimenting with different kernels. White, red, yellow, blue- YOU NAME IT.  So far we consider the blue popcorn from The Popcorn Professor to be our favorite.  Casey picked some up when he was at the county fair a few weeks back. One night last week, I threw in some extra coconut oil and topped the popcorn with toasted coconut flakes and OMG IT WAS THE BEST THING EVER.  It tastes like movie popcorn! But MUCH MUCH MUCH healthier. It’s buttery thanks to the coconut oil and the toasted coconut. You’ll love that extra crunch. We’re obsessed/Get obsessed!


And we’re off!  This is all you need.

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First we toast the coconut. 350F in the oven for a few minutes. Set aside.

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Put the coconut oil & the popcorn into the Whirley Pop. Put the lid on and get to popping.

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Another thing I love is that right after the batch is done, you can throw in some butter or coconut oil, put the lid on and continue to whirl it around. That way your popcorn is easily coated with your topping.

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In it goes. Out it comes.

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LAYER! That’s what I do to help distribute the flavor. Popcorn/toasted coconut/salt and MIX. Repeat once.

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Popcorn for days.

Toasted Coconut Popcorn // shutterbean

And days and days cuz we’re hooked. Don’t forget to try my Mexican Popcorn recipe.


Toasted Coconut Popcorn

makes about 16 cups

  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow popcorn kernels
  • a few pinches sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Spread coconut flakes on a baking sheet. Bake for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Set aside.

Place a 3 quart saucepan (or Whirley Pop) over medium-high heat. Add 3 tablespoons coconut oil and popcorn kernels to the pan. Close the lid and  move pot back and forth  (or whirl around!) on the stove and pop the popcorn until you start to hear the popping slow down. Remove from the stove. When popping stops, stir remaining tablespoon coconut oil until well combined.  Put half the popcorn in a large bowl. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and sea salt, mix well and top off with the remaining popcorn and coconut. Serve immediately.

Note: If you’re looking to cut down fat, you can use 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil when you’re popping the popcorn.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    At least 5 nights a week my midnight snack is popcorn with coconut oil! I love it! I also add a little stevia and nutritional yeast for sort of a salty/cheese/sweet combo that’s vegan, GF, and relatively healthy. I would LOVE your popcorn! And would love that popcorn maker! Pinning this to my Popcorn Board. Yes, I have one. That’s how much I love popcorn 🙂

  • Erinlucy

    Haha this is so funny. My husband is the master researcher. I put him on the case of finding the best juicer and best blender and he picked great ones! Maybe I’ll get him researching some air poppers for me too…

  • Sarah

    Extreme close-up! WOAAH! This popcorn is excellent.

  • Jane M

    I’ve been thru a lot of those popcorn poppers! They do make the best popcorn indeedy! YUUM!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I have an air popper and it totally makes my life. Love this popcorn flavour!

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks

    Ooh, I didn’t know I needed this whirley popper thing, but now I do!

  • Kathy H.

    Have been using the Whirley Pop for the past 7 years! It’s the best, it’s even better if you don’t wash it with soap and water, just wipe with a papertowel when your’e done. Sort of like cleaning a cast iron skillet. Can’t wait to try this recipe, but can’t find the coconut anywhere near me !!

  • Melissa N.

    I LOVE this! My Mom and I are super obsessed with popcorn too. (We order it by the case online!) Making it with coconut oil is the way to go.

    We love the red and blue popcorn it is really good. I can’t wait to try adding in the coconut flakes. Also, try using popcorn salt (it is a super small grain) it sticks to the popcorn really well

  • Tieghan

    YEs, please!!! I LOVE THIS!!!

  • cindy

    I’ve been thinking about buying an air popper, but you might have me convinced with the Whirley Pop! I love how this is coconut on coconut popcorn action…yum!

  • Kate

    Yay, another Whirley-Pop convert! It’s seriously so easy you could (as you’ve found) eat popcorn all the time. I actually haven’t used mine in a while because I got a new glass-top stove and I haven’t done the necessary research to make sure it’s safe to use on it. Now you know what I’ll be doing tonight!

  • Katy @ Katy's Kitchen

    You had me at toasted coconut. And then I scrolled down, and found there was double the coconut with coconut oil. This looks heavenly and I am going to be all up in this one with my microwave and paper bag! One of these days a Whirley Pop or an air popper will enter my kitchen. Until then, microwave it is!

  • Christine

    I really love popcorn! What a great idea to make it with coconut.

  • Betty

    I consider myself a bit of a popcorn addict and I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy it. I’ve never tried the coconut variety…looking forward to it!

  • Amy /// The Anxious Hippie

    I feel like all I do is buy appliances on the Tracy Shutterbean Recommended List (juicer, FitBit) but now I want an air popper and all I can think about is eating some popcorn, dang it.

  • Sarah Crowder

    I’m on a popcorn kick too! And my 16-month-old can now eat it so it’s just a fun snack. We cook it in coconut oil but I’ve never added coconut flakes – sounds great.

  • Emilia

    I had no idea you could pop different colored corn kernels, but that is so cool. And now I want a proper popcorn popper. This looks delicious!

  • Marie

    I think you may have me sold on this Whirly Pop! My husband would love it if we got one-then he could have popcorn for second breakfast, mid-morning snack, second dinner, you name it 🙂 (My husband enjoys his eating…can’t blame him!)

  • Wilma

    I love my whirly-pop! I use coconut oil most of the time as well, & I often toss it with nutritional brewers yeast. You must try ladyfinger popcorn! My grandfather grew it, so I grew up with it, & it’s the only popcorn I’ll buy. The popcorn is very small, with almost no hulls. It doesn’t get stale after being popped, & any unpopped kernels can actually be eaten. I can find it online & in bulk food stores sometimes.

  • Maria Tadic

    I love popcorn! I had to get an air popper b/c our microwave burns popcorn like it’s job. Soooo air popper it is! Wish I had a whirly pop tho – my sister is obsessed with hers!!! Can’t wait to try the cocnutty version!

  • Dana

    I love my Whirly Pop! It’s such a delight to use. It makes popping corn fun.

  • Sarah @ The Cyclist's Wife

    Where are you buying your coconut? I can never seem to find shavings that big.

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health

    this sounds like a perfect idea to enjoy popcorn.

  • Jackie H

    My husband and I got our Whirley-pop when we got married a few years back. He thought I was nuts for asking for it, but now he understands and asks for popcorn more often than he’ll ever admit.

    Coconut is his favorite so I may have to try this. I’ve never gone sweet with popcorn – seems interesting. I’d love just to do a simple cinnamon & sugar, but the thought of crunchy sugar just weirds me out.

    Anyhow – our favorite toppings are pretty simple: Butter, freshly grated parmesan/romano. & a metric ton of cracked black pepper. The other is butter & the Cabot Cheddar Cheese Powder from King Arthur Flour.

    • Tracy

      Cinnamon sugar is GREAT. The key is to add salt! Makes it the perfect sweet & savory snack.

  • Christina

    I want the Whirley Pop just because it looks pretty! I definitely had popcorn for dinner two nights ago because it was all and everything I wanted.

  • Christine

    We love our Whirley Pop, too, and will definitely try this.
    Our favourite recipe is for Kettle Corn – we had it for dessert tonight:
    1/4 cup oil, 1/2 cup popcorn, and 1/4 cup sugar. Put the oil and the popcorn into the popcorn maker and heat it without stirring until you can hear the popcorn sizzling (~30 – 60 seconds), then add the sugar and start turning the crank. Remove from heat as soon as the popping slows down (be careful not to burn!). Turn into a bowl and salt to taste (btw 1/2 – 1 tsp). Enjoy!

    • Tracy

      Thanks for this! Does the sugar make it hard to clean? I’m loving how easy it is to clean it up after!

  • liz | carpé season

    Popcorn + coconut are two of my favorite things in life.
    Can’t wait to try this combination!

  • Jayne

    I always love seeing coconut oil in it’s solid form. We always get them in liquified state here. I’ve never seen solid ones sold here EVER! Popcorn for dinner is totally legit.It’s corn, right? Replaces grits or polenta. 🙂 Also, glad to see Joy’s layering method here. I have got to try this. I might go for browned butter though. You’d be ok with that, right?

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    Popcorn for dinner = the best. Add a glass of red wine and you’ve pretty much covered all the food groups. Well, at least half of them. My parents had a Whirley Pop when I was growing up and I must agree, it produces the best popcorn!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Ahh! So excited about this. Most definitely I need this purchase. Ace flavour topping situation here too, I’m so excited about popcorn!!
    Heidi xo

  • aida mollenkamp

    Thanks to your hubs for the r&d – now I know what to get my popcorn-addicted father for his bday!

  • Courtney

    I love coconut and popcorn but never thought to put the two together. I’m so trying this, maybe even with some dark chocolate drizzled on top.

  • Jenna

    Yum, I love popcorn for dessert, definitely making it! I’m intrigued by the blue popcorn, I’ve never seen that here in Australia, will have to see if I can buy it online! Also, random but, the latest issue of Donna Hay magazine over here is called “The Black and White Issue”, featuring lots of black & white food. Made me think of you!

  • Amanda W.

    I made this last night and added some cinnamon sugar…OMG! The combo of salty sweet with the coconut, cinnamon sugar and few pinches of salt? to die for.

  • Emmy

    I love my Whirly-Pop! My favorite thing to use it for is kettle corn – just throw 1/3 cup granulated sugar in with the kernels & oil at the beginning, then salt at the end – it’s amazing and really easy!

  • Marcella

    I too will eat popcorn for dinner more often than I’d like to admit. I love all things coconut and this recipe looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Kate

    Thanks, Casey for doing the legwork! I’ve been making popcorn on the stove since I moved into an apartment with no microwave (microwave popcorn being super unhealthy anyway), but the pan is heavy and a pain to clean and yes, the smell when it burns is awful. I’ve been contemplating searching out an old air popper at the thrift store but this looks way better!

  • Moira @ Hearth and Homefront

    I have been scared to try an air popper but I really wanted to make my own popcorn…thank you for the solution! This totally looks like something I could do. Putting this on my wish list as we speak!

  • Hollie Greene

    I thought I had the popcorn problem…in a good way! I am drooling looking at this recipe. It’s the prefect combo of savory and a little sweet. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Crystal

    I’m also a recent convert to the coconut oil on popcorn! So friggin goooood! I’ve been all about coconut oil, honey, and salt…totally gonna try some toasted coconut soon = Genius!

  • Jessica

    I’ve had a Whirley pop for almost 3 years….love it and wish I had discovered it earlier!!!!

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    Popcorn for breakfast too I hope. This sounds amazing and is happening this morning. I LOVE the idea of using coconut oil.

  • Nicole

    My mom gave me her old air popper when we got married and we loved it! One day we dropped the tray that sits in the top to melt butter as your popcorn pops (genius), it cracked and I thought we could buy a better one. I learned the hard way that they don’t make them like that anymore. Marc wanted the whirly pop, too, and it’s great! Popcorn for dinner is a thing! This coconut combo sounds so good.

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  • Nicole

    I bet this is so good. I would know if I didn’t almost set my kitchen on fire tonight trying to make this. I mean, there were flames coming out of my pot. Mommy brain not paying attention! We will bravely try again tomorrow.

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    Oh my god yum! I love coconut, and the sweet and salty combination (sounds a little bit like kettle corn) is to die for! I will be trying this as soon as I get home to the states!

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    I need this and a binge session of “Breaking Bad,” please!

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    I need to buy coconut oil and make this delicious poo orn asap! But this ain’t gonna make my popcorn addiction get any better! 😛

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