Nana Recipe Wednesday–Jean’s Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

by Sarah on June 6, 2012

I’ve been meaning to make this recipe for what seems like EVER and finally got around to it yesterday.  I’ve no idea what took me so long, as it only took about 10 minutes of time—and just about 10 minutes for us to scarf it all down, too.  What is funny is that the recipe says it’s “Jean’s” Popcorn–only my Auntie Anne and I had completely different ideas of who this “Jean” might actually be. Anne thinks it might be Nana’s friend.  I assumed it was their foster daughter who lived with us for a while.  Who knows?  Whichever Jean gave this recipe to Nana, THANK YOU.

I mean it.  THANK YOU.  This stuff is ridiculous.  In a good way.

So like I said before, I was at my Auntie Anne’s house.  She lives in San Jose. Besides it being awesome because I got to spend time with my family, I also got to scan more family photos so I have a bunch of new NANA photos for you all.  This one above was recently sent by one of our cousins.  Isn’t Nana a living doll?  Yes, of course she is.  Little Patsy.  Her brothers and sisters are pretty darn cute too.

This recipe calls for twelve cups of popped popcorn.  Which, when you first think about twelve cups of popcorn sounds like a gigantic amount.  Let me tell you, it’s not.  I think if I make this again I will double it.  We snarfed down twelve cups of popcorn in about ten seconds.

We made this with the help of Haylie, who is four big-girl years old.  This actually is a great recipe to make with kids, given that it is so quick to make and it’s fun to eat.

And, it’s even better to mix all the ingredients with your hands, which is of course more fun than a boring old spoon.

Once you mix in the butter and all the other good stuff, bake the popcorn for fifteen minutes, stirring it around at least once.

It comes out sweet, cinnamon-y, and a little salty.  Kind of like cinnamon kettle corn.  Which is just fine with me.

By the way, a lot of Nana’s recipes are written on old notepads that Boppa would bring home from the office.  Which means they are on free notepads given by drug reps.  Hilarious.  The one above is an antibiotic used to treat infections from bacteria like pneumonia or urinary tract infections.  Awesome! Happy eating!

Nana's Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn


  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt (I used a whole tsp)
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 300.
  • Mix the popcorn, melted butter and other ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Spread the mixed popcorn onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.

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