How to Make Coconut Sugared Popcorn in a Whirly Pop


Here’s how to make coconut sugared popcorn in a Whirly Pop that is addictively yummy~ and healthier than anything you will pop in a microwave.

This popcorn is one of our family’s favorite treats. My friend Sandy made this popcorn for all of our kids when they were in high school. My girls raved over it, so I asked Sandy for the recipe. I bought a Whirly Pop and have been making this popcorn ever since. It truly is a unique and yummy snack.

Most of us are spending more time at home right now and are looking for new recipes and new ideas for family fun. This Whirly Pop is a fun and easy way to make fabulous popcorn to enjoy for movie night, game night, or just whenever a popcorn craving strikes.

coconut sugared popcorn


What is a Whirly Pop?

The Whirley Pop is a popcorn popper that has absolutely changed the popcorn-making game! It makes 6 quarts of popcorn in 3 minutes on the stovetop. A hand-crank mechanism continuously stirs the corn to evenly distribute the oil and prevent the corn from sticking or burning. I would say it’s faster and more consistent than making popcorn in the microwave. This makes it super easy to buy kernels in bulk and then season and add oil as you choose. 

What does this popcorn taste like?

This popcorn is SO delicious. Because of the sugar and coconut oil, it creates a kind of sweet glaze on top of the popcorn. I have never tasted anything in the store that is similar to this recipe. It is kind of like a coconutty kettle corn. The coconut flavor really goes well with the sweetness to create this delicious sweet treat. 

Is this coconut-sugared popcorn easy to make?

It takes five minutes or less to make this coconut-sugared popcorn (if you have a gas stovetop).  All you do is put the 3 ingredients into the Whirly Pop, heat on the stovetop, and wait 3 minutes or less for the corn to pop. This is so easy that even younger children can learn to make this themselves. This recipe is perfect for when you need a sweet and easy treat for an impromptu movie night. I highly recommend that you give it a try!

Is this popcorn healthy?

This popcorn is healthier than some, especially microwave popcorn which is loaded with additives and preservatives. You can pop the corn in any oil you like. This recipe calls for coconut oil which has several health benefits. This popcorn is also much better for you than kettle corn. The sugar in this recipe is just enough to slightly sweeten the popcorn, so it doesn’t add many calories.

Can I make this popcorn ahead of time?

You can pop this popcorn a few hours ahead of time. As it cools, the kernels harden and get a glaze or “shell” that is salty, slightly sweet and has a touch of coconut flavor. It reminds me of popcorn balls that I used to eat growing up. They were made with white karo syrup, and I loved them.

A Whirly Pop is an excellent tool for home school.

With so many kids being at home and doing school online, this popcorn maker could provide a fun activity and a lesson in physics and/or home ec. This really is a perfect kitchen cooking tool to have if you have kids who are always hungry and who need something fun to do. A fun learning project might be making different flavors of popcorn and writing out recipes, making a grocery list, and collecting ingredients.

What kind of popcorn is best for coconut-sugared popcorn?

I always buy white kernel popcorn. Orville Redenbacher is my favorite, and I buy it at Publix (although I think it is sold in most grocery stores). I like this popcorn because the kernels pop to the same size and are delicate and white. I think white is more tender than yellow and works better for this delicate coconut glaze.

Where can you buy a Whirly Pop?

You can find the Original Whirly Pop online at several retailers; I link to them below. Wherever you choose to buy one, just make sure it is the Original Whirly Pop made by Wabash Valley Farms.

How to make this popcorn: A short video

coconut sugared popcorn

Whirly Pop Coconut Sugared Popcorn

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Salty sweet popcorn with a hint of coconut flavor; absolutely delicious!


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 TB coconut oil
  • salt to taste


  1. Place popcorn kernels, sugar & coconut oil in Whirly Pop.
  2. Heat Whirly Pop over medium-high to high heat, turning crank continuously.
  3. Continue turning crank until all corn is popped.
  4. Empty popped corn into a large bowl.
  5. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
  6. Let cool a minute or two before eating so that sugar will harden on kernels.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 76Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 102mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 0g

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