An addicting savory snack of popcorn tossed with Irish cheese and bacon for a very special baby shower.

Irish Cheese and Bacon Popcorn

My first recipe for 2014, and I’m pretty excited to share this one. Not only is this popcorn strangely addicting, it’s for Ruthy of Omeletta‘s surprise virtual baby shower! Ruthy and I met in 2012 at a conference in Philadelphia. I remember standing in line waiting for food when we started talking to each other, and we’ve kept in touch ever since online. Now Ruthy is pregnant, so a few of us got together to throw a virtual baby shower for her. Congrats Ruthy! Because this shower is happening right after hoards and hoards of Christmas cookies and sweets, I wanted to make something savory. It had to contain Irish cheese because Ruthy spent time in Ireland, which is why I made this Irish Cheese and Bacon Popcorn. Party snack + Ireland = one recipe you don’t want to miss.

Irish Cheese and Bacon Popcorn

I had trouble deciding on what to make, so I browsed Kerrygold’s website. There I spotted the recipe for this popcorn. Easy to make plus popcorn reminds me of my semester in Ireland. Campus housing didn’t have microwaves, so my housemate taught me how to make popcorn on the stove using unpopped kernels and a little bit of oil in a pot. You can find unpopped kernels by the microwave popcorn, but if you are loyal to your microwave, you can use your favorite brand (plain recommended).

Grating Kerrygold Irish Cheese
Weighing Kerrygold Irish Cheese

Because there is fresh cheese in the recipe, I asked Kerrygold if it needed to be refrigerated. They replied that if you go light on the cheese, it does not need to be refrigerated (see tweet here). This popcorn is best eaten the day it’s made. If you want to serve it at a party, have your ingredients measured ahead of time then assemble right before serving.

Irish Cheese and Bacon Popcorn

Irish Cheese and Bacon Popcorn

Irish Cheese and Bacon Popcorn

Yield: 6-8 servings

An addicting savory snack of popcorn tossed with Irish cheese and bacon


  • 7 cups salted popcorn (roughly 1/3 cup unpopped kernels)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup finely grated Irish cheese*


  1. In a large bowl, toss together the popcorn, butter, bacon, and cheese. Popcorn is best eaten the day it's made.


*I used Kerrygold's Blarney Castle cheese, which is described as a smooth and mild gouda style cheese. You can use your favorite type of Irish cheese.

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Source: Adapted from Kerrygold
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