Skinny Sugar Free Kettle Corn

Have I tempted you enough with peanut butter and carbs this week? In case you’re mad at me for those recipes, this one is a little better for you: Skinny Sugar Free Kettle Corn. Just a few easy ingredients and it’s the perfect lower calorie snack!

Skinny Kettle Corn that is also sugar-free! This comes together in minutes and is the perfect low-calorie snack.

Snacks derail my healthy eating. Am I the only one? I’m good at breakfast, I eat healthy after my workout, and I get a good lunch. Then I do one of two things:

1. I skip my afternoon snack because I’m too busy or not very hungry, but by dinner I’m ready to eat my arm so I eat two helpings and then a plate of cookies. Or,

2. When it comes to snack time pretzels or a handful of almonds doesn’t sound good, so I eat a bag of Chex Mix.

Neither of those two options is very helpful when I’m counting calories. This Sugar-Free Kettle Corn? Luckily, it is very helpful.

Healthier, lower calorie snack? Check. Kills my sweet tooth? Check.

This recipe is so good, and so easy, it’s almost not even a recipe. But often non-recipes are the best kinds.

Skinny Kettle Corn that is also sugar-free! This comes together in minutes and is the perfect low-calorie snack.

Like I said, this recipe is so easy it’s almost not even a recipe. How did I make my popcorn skinny and sugar-free? Well, it’s cheater kettle corn. There’s no cooking involved, unless you count popping corn as cooking. You simply sprinkle popcorn with Splenda. Then it tastes sweet and salty, like the real deal.

Amazing, right??

I know some people out there are anti-Splenda. Let’s just put this out there: I’m not. I use a packet in my coffee every day. So…I’m pro-sweetener, and Splenda is the only one I’ve tasted that, when used lightly, doesn’t make me taste chemicals. But you can use your favorite brand if you prefer a different one.

Let’s talk popcorn for a minute. You have two choices for popcorn:

1. Pop fresh. This is, obviously, the most healthy method. You’re just getting popcorn, no additives. There are several ways to pop corn, but I suggest an air popper. They’re inexpensive and you don’t have to babysit your popcorn. Every time I try and make popcorn in a pot my house ends up smelling like burned popcorn for days. So…I use the air popper.

If you’re using freshly popped popcorn, you’ll want to add some melted coconut oil, butter, or butter spread and salt along with the splenda. Otherwise the popcorn is dry and not very appetizing.

2. Use microwave popcorn. Now, I know there are those out there that think microwave popcorn is the devil. I love the stuff and I’m not afraid to shout it from the rooftops. Microwave popcorn is up there with my love of Cool Whip. However, if you’re using microwave popcorn be sure to buy the 99% or 95% fat-free, less butter, or the 100 calorie packs. Otherwise the popcorn is not skinny at all.

If you’re using microwave popcorn, there is no need to add salt or melted butter. Just sprinkle with splenda.

Pretty much this is the easiest snack out there. It satisfies your salty, sweet, and crunchy cravings. And it saves up your WW points and calories so you can eat two of these.

Skinny Sugar Free Kettle Corn is the perfect snack when you're counting calories.

And that? Is totally worth it.

Did you make this recipe?

Skinny Sugar Free Kettle Corn

Just 2 or 3 ingredients and a few minutes gives you sugar-free kettle corn that's totally calorie and diet friendly!


  • 2 cups popped popcorn (see instructions for details)

  • 2 teaspoons liquid coconut oil or melted butter spread (omit if using microwave popcorn)

  • Salt, to taste (omit if using microwave popcorn)

  • 1/2 to 1 packet splenda, to taste (or an equal amount of your favorite sweetener)


  1. You can use any method of popping popcorn for this recipe. My favorite way is air-popping, since it has no added oil or butter. You can also use microwave popcorn, but I suggest buying reduced fat, less butter, or the 100 calorie bags (regular microwave popcorn is NOT skinny).

  2. Measure out 2 cups of popcorn and make sure you pick out any kernels.

  3. Toss with melted coconut oil or butter spread (if you're using air-popped or freshly popped popcorn). Omit this step if you're using microwave popcorn that has butter flavoring.

  4. Sprinkle abut 1/2 to 1 packet of splenda over your popcorn, to taste. You can also use your favorite sweetener in place of the splenda.

  5. Eat it all, it's okay. It's not too bad for you!

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  1. Non-recipes are my favorite kind, Dorothy! I love this. Anything sweet and salty!
    I hear ya on the snacking. I do great until about 2 PM, and then I want endless chocolate!

  2. I love that you made this kettle corn sugar free, Dorothy! I’ve been know to buy the microwave kind, but this sounds so much better. Pinned!

  3. Your photos are just stunning! Loving the detail on those kernels – so pretty!! Also I love that this popcorn uses coconut oil – just genius and I’m totally dying to try out this combo!

  4. Skinny snacks are a MUST!! Especially something with lots of crunch and that keeps your jaw busy for awhile or it all just goes by too fast. Like you can have 2 cups of this popcorn OR about 1-2 tbsp peanut butter off the back of a spoon. At least I can milk this awhile and not just inhale it 🙂 Beautiful pics too…I give you major props!

  5. You’re SO right, sometimes non recipes truly are the best and this is totally one of those!
    I am a total popcorn addict, and I love that you used coconut oil here.  Bring on the popped goodness! Pinned 🙂

  6. Snacks always do me in as well. I start off the day great, but by 3 or 4pm those snack attacks come on full force! So I’m going to be making this kettle corn STAT!

  7. This popcorn looks amazing! Love the fact it’s sugar-free, means I can eat more, right?! This would make the perfect snack on the go! 

  8. Hooray for skinny snacks! And double hooray for this skinny kettle corn!

  9. Kettle corn is my absolute favorite snack. And the fact that you made it without sugar is just super amazing!

  10. I love ‘non recipes’ When I started blogging I had to start writing down my measurements because I was so used to just tossing in ingredients, even with baking I’m bad about a splash of this or a pinch of that.And, healthy snacks are a must, otherwise I’d eat half a cheesecake and no amount of running will make those calories disappear :/

  11. I have been putting Splenda on my popcorn for years and all of my family and friends have made fun of me for it! I was so happy to read this post to know I am not the only one! This really is the perfect sweet and salty snack!

  12. Yum, love popcorn, especially skinny ones! 🙂

  13. Oh my word, kettlecorn is my favorite version of popcorn. I’ve been wanting an air popper, now I MUST get one!

  14. I’m the same way and once I start snacking it’s so hard to stop.  This looks incredible! Love that they are skinny and sugar free to hold me over until dinner and even after – non-recipes are my favorite kind! 

  15. This sounds great! I’ll try it right after I eat the cookie and caramel corn I just bought today!!! lol

  16. I love to make fat free microwave popcorn and sprinkle on cinnamon and Splenda! I love anything cinnamon sugar and this flavor on popcorn is great! By the way love love love your blog!

  17. Yum! This looks like a great snack. I love foods where you can eat a large volume without stacking up the calories 🙂

  18. Kettle corn is one of my favorite snacks and I love that this is sugar free. I have a huge bag of splenda in my pantry calling my name asking me to make this right away. YUM!

  19. Wow- that photography was so good, the popcorn looked like it was about to pop off the screen!  Looks scrumptious!

  20. 100 calorie packs of kettle corn are the best to snack on and now that I can make it myself I will be sure to love it even more. I’m going to have to invest in an air popper. 🙂

  21. The afternoon snack time hour is what does me in!!  Why is that we can do so well all morning and then totally ruin it with mindless snacking?  That apple or health bar just doesn’t do it for me…give me cookies and cake!  But then my butt hates me, so bring on the healthy popcorn!  Kettle corn is one of my favorites because sweet and salty rules!  What a great idea to use coconut oil and Splenda!  Love it!!!

  22. Popcorn is absolutely my favourite snack ever.  Although it’s less healthy then this when I make it!  🙂  This is such a great option for when I want the popcorn without the guilt though!

  23. Love how easy this recipe is!  I’m not a huge popcorn fan but LOVE popcorn made in coconut oil.  So so good!

  24. Geez Dorothy, don’t you know Splenda is going to kill you? Like, tomorrow? 😉 (I’m only teasing, I promise! I get lots of hate comments whenever I use it too. Oof.) But seriously, kettle corn with no calories from sugar? Pure brilliance. Pinned!

  25. Oh Dorothy. Popcorn is my absolute favorite snack – I make it every night. I would quintuple this recipe!

  26. I was seriously skeptical about this one, fearing too much chemical taste from the sweetener, but I tried it two nights ago and oh my gosh it was terrific! Just the right combo to satisfy both the sweet tooth and the munchies. I used the 100-calorie mini bag of microwave popcorn (3 points) and half a packet of sweetener. Tried it again last night and used a whole packet — even better!

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