How to Make Campfire Popcorn

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Do you know how to make popcorn while camping? Do not worry! Popcorn is possible even when you are in the wild. Read on and learn how to enjoy outdoors more!

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Popcorn is not impossible when camping. The wild is not a valid reason to keep the kids from enjoying the favorite treat. Learn how to make popcorn while on the go. Even outdoors, popcorn is a hit as well.

In fact, popcorn makes the experience more fun. You were a kid once. Besides roasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate while on the trail, waiting for the popcorn to pop is a memory worthy for every child to keep. Do you remember the laughter inside the tent right after you and your friends ate a big bowl of those white, fluffy, and crunchy snacks?

I told you, it was golden. Hence, give the same memories to your kids today and master the art of popcorn making. You can never shake it off, not even without the horror stories and the awesome movies. Therefore, you better let it start popping!

Seven (7) Simple Steps to Pop Popcorn while Camping

Sometimes it is not what you eat but what you hear that makes the excitement intense. Listening to the popping of popcorns is quite fun and makes the anticipation of eating more real. With just the campfire, your resourcefulness and expertise are in demand. If you can make it pop, then you are the star of the night.

What do you need?

  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Vegetable Oil: It is important to choose the best popcorn oil. It is ideal for picking one that is neutral in flavor. The smoke will be enough to flavor your popcorns and using flavored oils may not be an ideal blend. For me, my choice is vegetable oil.
  • Butter
  • Kosher Salt
  • Aluminum foil: Pick the durable one to withstand the heat. It should be thick enough to hold the popcorn kernels. Check on the box and look for the “heavy-duty” label. The flimsy ones are prone to ripping and are risky to use.
  • Sugar and other flavorings (optional)
  • Sticks/tongs/scissors


  1. First, put in mind that your campfire must be safe, clear, and away from trees and tents or buildings. It is ideal for making popcorns when over the embers after a strong fire. Cut your foil into squares big enough to hold your popcorn. You can cut several pieces depending on how much popcorn you want to make. Mine was about 18” x 20” size.
  2. Add about a handful of popcorn kernels on top of each piece of cut foil along with a teaspoon of vegetable oil too. Make sure to add the right amount of oil otherwise; your kernels will not pop at all.
  3. You can then fold the foil in half and seal the edges by twisting or crimping to make sure it is firm enough not to open up during the popping. Remember to fold it and making room for the popping at the same time. Be careful not to include the kernels during the twist. At one end of the packet, fold extra layer of foil to make it sturdy enough not to tear when you poke your fork or sticks.
  4. You can make as many kernel pouches as you want. The more packets, the more kids can enjoy the popcorn. However, if you have a pie tin available, it would be a lot easier. Just cover it with the cut foil (making a slight dome to make space for popping) and it is ready.
  5. Insert a stick (long enough not to burn you) into the foil pouch, so you have something to hold on to during the process. You should attach it well to prevent the pouch from falling into the fire.
  6. Now, while you are holding the end of the stick, place the pouch (which attaches on the other end) on top of the burning coal or embers. Take note to place it a bit higher from the heat of your campfire. As it heats, you will hear the sound of the kernels popping simultaneously. When the popping starts, you begin to shake it until the sounds stop.
  7. If you are using the pie tins, the tongs are convenient to hold the pack over the heat. Shake it while the kernels pop. Yet, do not shake it too hard or it may fall to the fire!
  8. Once the popping stops, remove the foil packets from the heat immediately. Do not delay; otherwise, you will get burnt popcorns. Be careful not to burn yourself since the packets are very hot.
  9. Open the packet carefully. Avoid burns from the steam. Starts adding the seasoning like salt and butter. Some like to add on sugar, powder cheese and garlic for extra flavors. The choice is yours.
  10. Seal the pouch again and shake to let the seasonings and flavorings mix well with the popcorn. Open it again, serve, and enjoy!
  11. Indeed, there are plenty of handy popcorn poppers around. They are safe and convenient if you choose, but it will never be as cool and fun than making kernels pop on a campfire. Try asking your kids what method they most like and you will know the answer. “Your poppers are boring. I want to pop the popcorns on the campfire. Can I?”

Here is a short video to give you a tutorial and guide you on how to make popcorn while camping.


You can think of creative ideas on how to entertain a group when outdoors at night. However, when you know how to make popcorn while camping, you found a way to keep the interest of the crowd. It does not matter what the age is because with popcorn, it does not only excite kids, but it brings out the child within every adult around. Eating it together already makes the fun throughout.

You enjoy your trip and make sure you are always on the right track!

About the author

My name is Mary, co-founder of Josephine DC. evolved out of the members’ passion for kitchen-work and cooking in particular. And there is a story behind it.

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