The Best Popcorn

From stovetop to pre-popped, our favorite popcorn for all your snacking needs

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Whether you’re nuking your popcorn in the microwave or going old-school on the stove, here are some of our favorite picks.Georgia Vagim on Unsplash

Stovetop, pre-popped, savory, and sweet, we found the top popcorns for snacking and sharing. Here are our picks we suggest keeping around the house for your snacking pleasure.

Amish Country Popcorn | 6 lb Bag | Baby White Popcorn Kernels | Small and Tender | Old Fashioned with Recipe Guide (Baby White, 6 Lb Bag)
There's nothing artificial about this natural option.Amish Country Popcorn

Popcorn purists and creative cooks alike will appreciate this plain popcorn that can be prepared on the stovetop or in the microwave. Because it’s not flavored—with anything—you can add your own butter or oil, then go wild with seasonings.

JOLLY TIME Simply Popped | Natural Microwave Popcorn with Ghee Clarified Butter, Sea Salt, Palm Oil and Non-GMO Pop Corn Kernels (3-Count Box, Pack of 4)
This is about as close to the stovetop version as you’re going to get from a machine popped product.Jolly Time

There’s no shame in the microwave popcorn game—especially when it’s made with ghee (clarified butter) and sea salt. Unlike other brands, this butter tastes light and fresh, not greasy and stale. Plus, it makes your house smell amazing (as long as you don’t burn it!).

Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP Gluten Free Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn, 1 Ounce Vegan Snack Pack Bags (Pack of 24)
Cane sugar adds a slight candied flavor to this delicious treat.Angie's

A state-fair staple, kettle corn is the ultimate sweet-and-savory snack. Lightly salted and not too sweet, this one also happens to be somewhat healthy (for something cooked in sugar, anyway), with only 140 calories in each single-serving bag.

Smartfood White Cheddar Flavored Popcorn
While the pre-portioned bags are probably meant to help curb mindless snacking, they also keep each serving fresher longer.Amazon

More satisfying than chips, this savory white-cheddar popcorn tastes fresh because it is. Though it’s packaged like other shelf-stable snacks, it’s meant to be “enjoyed by” sooner than later, and the pre-portioned bags help keep your next serving from going stale.