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Instant Pot Sticky Popcorn is covered with a sweet vanilla glaze. If you haven’t tried Instant Pot popcorn yet, now is your chance. It is a perfect sweet snack made quickly in your Instant Pot.

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Easy Glazed Popcorn

This Instant Pot Sticky Popcorn takes classic homemade popcorn and takes it to a whole new level! Covered in a sweet vanilla glaze, it is an addictive snack that is perfect for your next party or just because! Do you love easy, tasty snacks? Then you have to also check out my Peanut Butter Banana Egg Rolls!

When I was a kid, I can still remember the excitement on a Friday night when mom would get out the old popcorn popper. I knew it meant we would be hanging out as a family, watching a funny movie, and enjoying one of my favorite snacks. Boy have times changed since then! I am not sure children these days would even know what a traditional popcorn popper is. And here I am, making popcorn in an Instant Pot! But I promise, it brings back all of those same memories as soon as the seeds start popping and the aroma fills the air.

I can’t remember the last time I made air popped popcorn or tried a stovetop popcorn recipe. Now? I’m an Instant Pot Popcorn convert. In just a few minutes I can whip up a delicious, easy and tasty snack for movie nights, games nights and general snacking the whole family loves!

This is where things get fun! We are not going stop there. We are going to make this popcorn into the most addicting, delicious snack that you will quickly fall in love with! Sticky popcorn is so easy to make, requires just a few ingredients, and is finger-licking good! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Vanilla glazed popcorn with sprinkles in a white bowl.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Sticky Popcorn

  • popcorn seeds
  • popcorn oil
  • salt
  • butter
  • corn syrup
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • sprinkles

How to Make Instant Pot Sticky Popcorn

To make easy glazed popcorn, you need to combine the popcorn seeds, popcorn oil, and salt in your Instant Pot. Be sure to stir well to coat all of the seeds with oil. Put the cover of your Instant Pot.

Popcorn seeds and oil in an instant pot.

Turn your Instant Pot to the sauté mode on high. Popcorn will take about 5 minutes to begin popping. Continue cooking until there is 2-3 seconds in between pops.

Turn your Instant Pot off and allow it to sit for 2 minutes. A few more kernels may continue to pop.

instant pot popcorn

To prepare glaze, place butter, corn syrup, and sugar in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Bring it to a boil.

Boil for 2 minutes, then stir in vanilla.

making sticky vanilla glaze

You are almost there! You just have to pour the sweet glaze over the popped popcorn and stir.

Add those sprinkles and enjoy!

Homemade Popcorn Seasoning

My favorite homemade popcorn seasoning is my sweet vanilla glaze, but there are many topping options to choose from! Homemade popcorn seasonings can really uplevel your Instant Pot Sticky Popcorn game.

Choose which homemade popcorn seasoning you want to try and mix the ingredients together in a small bowl before sprinkling it on your Instant Pot popcorn. Store any excess in an airtight container.

Ranch Popcorn Seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Taco Popcorn Seasoning 

  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning, 
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

Dorito Popcorn Seasoning

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • (optional) 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Parmesan Garlic Popcorn Seasoning

  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp grated parmesan cheese

BBQ Popcorn Seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Coconut Curry Popcorn Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Peanut Butter Popcorn Seasoning

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter powder
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Gingerbread Popcorn Seasoning

  • 1 1/2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

How to Make Homemade Popcorn Seasoning Stick to Instant Pot Popcorn

If you’re having trouble getting your seasoning to stick to your popcorn then there are a few things to try. 

One way is to spray a light coat of olive oil on your popcorn before sprinkling your seasoning on top.

Another way is to mix a teaspoon of oil into your seasoning to make it a bit stickier.

Here’s another fun option to try if you’re using a sweet recipe: use powdered sugar in place of granulated sugar. Powdered sugar is much lighter and won’t sink to the bottom of the bowl as quickly as regular sugar.

And, of course, if you’re making my sticky vanilla glaze then you will have no trouble coating the popcorn making beautiful, ooey gooey Instant Pot caramel popcorn.

Ready to get started?

If you are looking to share, you can always turn this masterpiece into Easy Popcorn Balls! They have all the same amazing flavors but are much easier to take on the go!

Instant Pot Sticky Popcorn

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Instant Pot Sticky Popcorn

Instant Pot Sticky Popcorn

Instant Pot Sticky Popcorn is covered with a sweet vanilla glaze. It is a perfect sweet snack made quickly in your instant pot.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tbsp popcorn oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  1. To get things started, you need to combine the popcorn seeds, popcorn oil, and salt in your Instant Pot.
  2. Stir well to make sure all the seeds are coated with oil and salt. Cover pot with a glass lid.
  3. SAUTE on HIGH. Popcorn will begin popping around 5 minutes. Continue cooking until there is 2-3 seconds in between pops.
  4. Turn Instant Pot off and allow to sit for 2 minutes. A few more kernels may continue to pop.
  5. To prepare glaze, place butter, corn syrup, and sugar in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Bring to a boil.
  6. Boil for 2 minutes, then stir in vanilla.
  7. Pour mixture over popped popcorn and stir.
  8. Add sprinkles and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 172Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 20mgSodium 461mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 0gSugar 24gProtein 0g

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