Buttered Popcorn Creme Brulee

Silky Crème Brulee is infused with Buttered Popcorn!  You’ll love this Sweet and Salty Dessert, with it’s Crackly Caramelized Sugar Cap!

Buttered Popcorn Creme Brulee | Baking a Moment

Hey you guys!  How are you doing?  Ready for a great week?  How was your weekend?  I hope it was full of lots of good food and wine and relaxation and some fun activity too.  Mine was!

Mr. Allie had a boys night last night so it was just me and the kiddos.  I always like to treat them to something fun and special on those kind of evenings, so we called up Grammie and all went out for dinner and a movie.  We saw Mr. Peabody and Sherman and it was so. great!  We all loved it.  So funny and cute and the story was so much fun.  It’s really a good one for the whole family.

But enough about me!  I am so excited for today’s post, because it’s celebrates two very special bloggers, and their growing families!

Baby shower invite[1]

Surprise! Today we are inviting you ALL to a virtual baby shower honoring Kelly from Life Made Sweeter and Hilary from My Own Blog Review. To celebrate, we are sharing 12 recipes and crafts that are ready to “pop.”  Make sure to “pop” over and check out everyone’s posts. Congratulations Kelly and Hilary!

How cute is that???  I love the theme!  And I’m so happy to be a part of this fun event!  I’ve always wanted to participate in something like this, and I’m especially psyched because I adore Kelly, and I’m just beginning my friendship with Hilary, and she seems like so much fun 😉

So.  Since the idea here was to create something around the “POP!” theme, I chose to develop a dessert recipe that utilizes popcorn.  I thought it might be fun (and delish) to infuse cream with buttered popcorn, and get that unmistakable buttery/salty flave going in a silky, sweet custard.  Kind of like caramel corn, but only in crème brulee form.

Buttered Popcorn Creme Brulee | Baking a MomentYou guys.  YOU! GUYS!!!  Omg.  I seriously thought it could not be possible to improve upon crème brulee.  I mean, it’s a classic for a reason!  It’s perfection, right?  So creamy, and eggy, and sweet, and then that crackly burnt sugar top…  How can you improve upon that???

Well I’ll tell ya how. You just pop up some buttery salty popcorn and add it to the mix.

Mind. BLOWN!

Buttered Popcorn Creme Brulee | Baking a Moment


Buttered Popcorn Creme Brulee

Silky Crème Brulee is infused with Buttered Popcorn! You'll love this Sweet and Salty Dessert, with it's Crackly Caramelized Sugar Cap!

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 4 cups (popped) buttered popcorn
  • 6 egg yolks
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar, plus more for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the cream and milk in a medium pot and bring to a bare simmer.
  3. Turn the heat down to the lowest setting, add the popped buttered popcorn to the cream/milk mixture, and stir to coat/saturate the kernels.
  4. Allow the cream/milk to steep with the popcorn for 10-15 minutes, then strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a small pitcher or liquid measure, pressing the solids with the back of a spoon or ladle to release as much liquid as possible.
  5. Place the egg yolks, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl and whip with a whisk until pale in color.
  6. Dribble in a little of the hot popcorn infused cream/milk, whisking, to temper the yolks.
  7. Continue to add the hot cream/milk into the yolks, slowly, while whisking, until completely incorporated, and warm to the touch.
  8. Place four 6-ounce ramekins in a baking dish. Pour the custard mixture into the ramekins, dividing the mixture equally. Place the baking dish with the ramekins in the preheated oven. Carefully pour hot water in the baking dish, allowing it to come about an inch up the sides of the ramekins.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the custards are set around the edges but still jiggly in the centers.
  10. Cool completely, sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar, and brulee with a torch or under the broiler, until brown and caramelized.

Buttered Popcorn Creme Brulee | Baking a MomentI beg you to give this recipe a try!  The buttery flavor is so killer!  And the little kick of salt plays so crazy good off the caramelized sugar topping.  Helloooo, salted caramel!  These little babies didn’t last more than a day in my house, and that’s saying a lot for a house that’s overflowing with desserts on the daily 😉

Now check this out- ten other fun recipes, all centered around the same theme!  There are *pop*sicles, *pop*pyseeds, *pop*pers, lolli*pop*s, and more *pop*corn!

shower collage[1]

1. Key Lime Pie Popsicles – Spoonful of Flavor
2. Cheddar Bacon Crescent Poppers – A Little Claireification
3. Sweet Indulgence Popcorn mix – It Bakes Me Happy
4. “Pop”ular Tiramisu Blondies – Frugal Foodie Mama
5. Lollipop Centerpiece – The Mandatory Mooch
6. Buttered Popcorn Creme Brulee – Baking a Moment
7. Orange Poppy Seed Scones – Cookie Monster Cooking
8. Lemon Poppyseed Baked Donuts – Blahnik Baker
9. Candy Popcorn Pops – Little Miss Celebration
10. Lemon Drizzle Iced Poppyseed Cakes – What Jessica Baked Next
11. Lemon Cheesecake Pops – What’s Cooking Love?

I can’t wait to click over to every one of these fabulous blogs and read all about their creations! I hope you do too 😉 And be sure to *pop* over (sorry!) to say hello to Kelly and Hilary and wish them all the best with their little bundles!

Buttered Popcorn Creme Brulee | Baking a Moment

I also want to send out a special thank you to Ashley of Spoonful of Flavor, and Zainab of Blahnik Baker, for organizing this virtual baby shower. I had tons of fun with it; thanks ladies!

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  1. says

    I’m drooling just reading the first sentence of this post. I’m not a huge fan of popcorn, but I wouldn’t be able to turn down this buttery creme brulee! The caramelized sugar cap looks incredible. Thanks for much for participating in the surprise, Allie!

  2. says

    I love virtual baby showers! So sweet that you guys did that for those two lovely ladies. And this creme brulee is kind of genius. Popcorn, seriously?? That sounds soo good! — I really need to buy myself some ramekins so I can finally try making my own creme brulee. 😀

    • says

      Aw, thanks Cate! I don’t know, my mind just went right to popcorn crème brulee when I heard this theme. It sounds weird I know but it was really so good! Thanks so much for the sweet comment, my dear! xoxo

  3. says

    Oh my gosh, this is such a creative and delicious looking treat! I think it’s so cute when bloggers do virtual baby showers. :) This is definitely an amazing way to celebrate and it looks incredible!

  4. says

    Oh, what a cute idea! Sweet and salty desserts are always my favorite, and I love the crunchy-creamy pairing here too. It’s the best of all worlds! The way you played on the “pop” theme is so thoughtful and creative too. I just love this recipe, Allie!

    • says

      Thank you so much Nora! I am such a sucker for the sweet/salty thing too. And this one also had the crunchy/creamy thing going for it! Lol, thanks so much for the positive feedback. Hope you’re having a great week, friend!

  5. says

    Allie this sounds super super tasty and totally unique!! What an awesome idea for a POP theme. I love this virtual baby shower. I love following Kelly’s blog, and Hilary. Nice when we can celebrate happy life experiences together! Thanks for sharing :)

    • says

      Oh, the pleasure was all mine, for sure! I had so much fun with the theme, and was so happy to help these lovely ladies welcome their sweet little babies into the world! I’m so happy you enjoyed too, Kelly!

  6. says

    What a creative and fun dessert!! I just made creme brulee fro the first time a few months ago and I could not have imagined topping that classic. This sounds so delicious. Thank you so much for taking part in the shower :)

  7. says

    Oh my gosh Allie, this is seriously the sweetest and most thoughtful surprise! Thank you so much to you and all the wonderful ladies for participating in this virtual shower for Hilary and I. Definitely getting teary-eyed and I am blown away by seeing all these fantastic recipes and can’t wait to “pop” by to read everyone’s posts.
    So glad to hear you had a great time at the movies with Grammie and the kiddos – sounds like an awesome family night :)
    I adore you and all of your amazing recipes too, they are always so beautiful and creative :) I absolutely love creme brulee and you totally took it to another level with the buttery salty popcorn – these look sensational! Totally drooling and pinning :) Wish we could all celebrate together with everyone’s incredible treats. Thank you again sweetie and hope you have a great week! *big big hugs*

    • says

      Kelly, I was so happy to help to welcome sweet little Evelyn into this world, and into your lovely little family! That is one lucky girl to have such a sweet and talented mommy 😀 Thanks so much for always being so supportive! You’re such a great friend and I wish you all the best. BIG hugs to you too! xoxo

  8. says

    Allie, this is awesome!!! I absolutely love creme brulee and what a unique dessert this is – plus, perfect for the shower! Thanks so sharing and pinning – plus I totally have to try this!

  9. says

    love this Crème brûlée!!! hey, you have to friend me on Facebook (aleedallas) so I can invite you to this “Going to BlogHer Food- official FB page” .. so many bloggers I follow are going. . it’s going to be so fun!!! Did you get your hotel booked? I heard the hotel is already booked!

    • says

      Eep! I’m glad I booked it then! Wow, that happened fast… I’m all set except for the flight- gotta do that asap. Can’t wait! I sent you a friend request this morning; I’ll check out the page later tonight! Thanks so much for the headsup, girl, I can’t wait!

    • says

      Oh my gosh, Meriem! You haven’t lived! Crème brulee is soooooo good! It’s so creamy and comforting, and then it’s got that crunchy caramelly layer on top. I have a feeling you would rock this dessert like nobody’s business. Go for it, girl!

    • says

      Laura, you’ve got to get yourself some crème brulee, asap! It’s wonderful….! Smooth and creamy and eggy, and then that crunchy burnt sugar on top is the perfect contrast. Thanks for the sweet comment, dear! <3

    • says

      I thought the same thing when I was eating them, lol! They were so delicious I almost couldn’t believe it! I hope you get a chance to try this recipe- it’s such a treat. Thanks for the comment, Consuelo, hope you’re having a fun week 😉

  10. says

    Allie, creme brulee is one of my favourite desserts. Even though I don’t like cream, there’s just something about that crackly top and custardy centre that keeps me coming back for more! I NEVER would have thought to add popcorn, but what an incredible idea … especially in keeping with your ‘popping’ theme. What fantastic fun! (& pinning!) :-)

  11. says

    Oh wow, I would have never thought to combine popcorn and creme brulee! This sounds so good!! And of course I’m reading this after dinner when all I want is dessert and I’m trying to stay strong and not have any tonight!! lol

  12. says

    Allie, I bow down to your brilliance. Seriously, this is such an amazing idea! I LOVE that you really used buttered popcorn to infuse the custard with that salty flavour. Your creme brulee looks perfect, from that crispy top to that sweet silky custard underneath. I’m drooling, girl!

  13. says

    Seriously, it is this kind of wonderful idea! I REALLY LIKE that you truly used buttered popcorn for you to infuse the actual custard with that salty taste. Your creme brulee appears to be excellent, coming from of which crispy major fot it sweet soft custard underneath. I’m drooling, girl.


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