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Beyond S’mores Campfire Popcorn

RecipesJohanna Stein
Popped Corn

Running a business that creates camp food kits we’ve tasted our fair share of s’mores and they are delicious. But sometimes you are looking for a savory after-dinner treat to make over the fire. And popcorn fills that bill. Plus, many of us big kids have fond memories of making a certain kind of stove top popcorn that comes in a distinctive silver package.

You might not know this but the traditional stuff has trans-fat, and when you make it over the campfire you either need an extender rod or a heat proof glove. That doesn’t mean you can’t make the fluffy stuff over the campfire in a fun silver package. It just took me a little bit (a bunch of flaming popcorn) to figure out how.

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Here is our simple, inexpensive campfire popcorn method that uses three ingredients popcorn, oil, and salt. (If you want to make a ton of popcorn we suggest you make it a pot using a camp stove same ingredients - this method is all about the fun factor). 

The corn

Single Serve Campfire Popcorn

Serves 1 - makes a large handful of fluffy fun


  • 2 tablespoons of popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon oil - we prefer olive oil or truffle oil
  • pinch of sea salt


  • 1 roasting fork - we prefer the telescoping ones as they are easy to pack  
  • 1 five inch disposable pie pan
  • Oven mitts or fire gloves

Note: We repack our ingredients in shatter-proof containers for camping. But I would like to note you shouldn’t buy or store olive oil for long periods of time in plastic as it adjusts the taste.


Making Corn
  • Bend pie pan in half - it should look like a hand pie
  • Puncture holes with roasting fork then remove
  • Place popcorn kernels into the pie pan
  • Add oil
  • Add salt
  • Crimp edges of the pan to make a tight seal
  • Re-insert the roasting fork into pre-made holes
  • Hold pie pan over the fire wait till you hear rapid popping sounds 1-3 min
  • Remove from heat and open carefully using mitts or heat proof gloves
  • Enjoy!

This is a family friendly recipe, but kiddos or inattentive adults need a little supervision. It is very easy to go from perfectly popped corn to flaming disk if you aren’t paying close attention while cooking.

Popcorn on the fire