Campfire Popcorn – Great fun. Give it a try.

May 10, 2014

Cooking popcorn over the campfire is a great fun. It’s as if the pop corn comes alive!

Cooking popcorn over the campfire

Campfire popcorn is a great thing to try with your kids when camping.

You can buy popping popcorn quite cheaply. Don’t get the microwave popcorn unless it says that it can be cooked over a stove (microwave popcorn is also more expensive).

Cooking the Popcorn in a Dutch Oven over the Campfire

We put the popcorn in our Dutch Oven, which has a heavy lid, and raised it over the campfire using our tripod.

We could hear lots of little explosions inside, and one or two of the popcorn would escape if we opened the lid.

Leaving the hot dutch oven on the ground afterwards with the lid off and it looked like the whole mass of popcorn was breathing as it expanded and shrank in the pot.

Cooking Campfire Popcorn with Foil

If you don’t have something like a Dutch Oven, you could hear the popcorn in some foil.

  • Layout a sheet of foil and place some popcorn in it. (Your popcorn cooking instructions may require a bit of oil).
  • Fold the sheet over, but leave plenty of space. You want to end up with a roomy parcel.
  • Place the foil into warm embers – not directly on the fire. This will be warm enough to make the popcorn pop, and you’ll end up with a puffed out foil bag of popcorn.

If you don’t have a campfire you can also cook the popcorn over a bbq, and of course a stove – but use a pan with a lid.

Seasoning the Popcorn

Using the collapsable bowl with popcorn
How you season your popcorn is up to you.

We had it plain, and well, the cooking was a lot more enjoyable than the eating is all I’m going to say.

The gear we used:


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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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