Sweet Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn Recipe from MasterChef Junior

MasterChef Junior gives the best junior home cooks in America the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges.  Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay is joined by restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot on the MasterChef Junior judging panel.

Each week, the eight to 13-year-old contestants will be coached and encouraged by the celebrated food experts as they compete in exciting challenges.  In the end, one talented kid will be named America’s newest MasterChef Junior, receiving a $100,000 prize and the coveted MasterChef Junior trophy.

Are you and your family just as excited as I am that the second season of MasterChef Junior is just around the corner?  Last year the debut season introduced America to small chefs with big talent and proved that age really is no barrier in the quest for culinary brilliance.  With the second season premier on November 4th, I’m delighted to give you a taste of the MasterChef Junior experience in your own home!

I love popcorn and I often have a bowl of it popped up and ready for munching on while watching TV.  So I was delighted when I got a package from the MasterChef Junior team to create some delicious gourmet popcorn, the perfect treat to enjoy while watching the new season of MasterChef Junior.

Sweet Cinnamon Sugar PopcornSweet Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn
INGREDIENTS                                                     MATERIALS
(makes 12 cups of popped popcorn)

For Popcorn:
• 1/2 cup popcorn kernels                                   • Large, heavy-bottom pot with a cover
• 1/4 cup cooking oil (such as vegetable          • Oven mitts
or grapeseed)                                                         • Popcorn Bags or Serving Bowl
For Topping:                                                          • Serving Spoon
• 4 tbsp melted butter
• 1 tsp salt
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 2 tsp cinnamon
• Add peanuts, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips if desired.


1. Cover the bottom of a large pot with a light coating of cooking oil
2. Place 4 kernels in pan.  When they pop, your oil is hot.  Add enough popcorn to cover the bottom of the pan.
3. Lower the heat, shake the pan to spread kernels, and cover.
4. When the popping begins to slow, remove the pan from the heat.
5. In a separate bowl, mix 4 topping ingredients
6. Add the cinnamon sugar mixture to the popcorn pot and toss lightly.
7. Transfer popcorn to serving bowl or individual bags.  Enjoy!

Recipe provided to me by MasterChef Junior.


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Thanks to the MasterChef Junior crew I’m giving away a popcorn package to one of my readers, which includes the items in the picture below and more!

This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents ages 18+. No PO Boxes.  By entering this giveaway you are stating that you have read and agree to the Privacy Statement and Giveaway Rules posted on our site.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  Giveaway ends on November 5, 2014 at 7:00 AM CST.

39 thoughts on “Sweet Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn Recipe from MasterChef Junior

  1. My daughter Dara Yu, was the MasterChef Junior Season One runner-up! Dara has a new fun chef interview and cooking web series at youtube.com/DaraTheBowGirl

  2. I absolutely love popcorn snacks (the sweeter the better). This looks really good, so I'm definitely going to make it for the kids.

  3. They aren't advanced enough to choose a particular recipe, but they like making pizza because it is more interactive for them and making dough so they can watch it rise.

  4. The only thing my kid can make is cereal, so I don't think she is master chef material, lol.

  5. My daughter would most likely make a peanut butter chocolate drizzle popcorn like we make at home on movie night.


  6. My daughter would make peanut butter cookies, she is only seven but makes delicious cookies!

  7. my younger sister loves this show, i asked her what kind of popcorn she would make relating to this giveaway and she told me either she would make chocolate covered popcorn or she would just add brown sugar instead of sugar to make her own kind of kettle corn

  8. My niece and nephew would probably make spaghetti tacos. It sounds gross, but actually pretty good.

  9. I dont believe either one of my kids could make anything like these kids. they are amazing.

  10. I thinks my son would make my chili recipe. He's always said it's his favorite food.

  11. My daughter loves to help me make potato salad and adds a few of her favorite things to it so I think she would make this.

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