Midwest Movie Night Popcorn Sundaes

Midwest Movie Night Popcorn Sundaes
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
4 servings
Recipe by: Deborah B., State Winner of "America's Best Recipe Contest"

They don’t call Nebraska the Cornhusker state for nothing! In Nebraska, we’re proud that our state is the number one producer of popcorn in the U.S. Of course we love it freshly popped as a snack, but we also enjoy it in unique dishes like this salty-sweet frozen dessert.

Make This Recipe


Buttered Popcorn Ice Cream:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter flavor
  • 12 cups freshly popped microwave butter flavor popcorn, divided (from about 2 bags)
  • 3 Eggland’s Best eggs (large)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Brown Sugar Topping:

  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons plus
  • 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons cold salted butter, cubed


  • Slightly rounded 1/2 cup purchased popped caramel corn
  • Slightly rounded 1/4 cup freshly popped microwave butter flavor popcorn (cooled)


For the ice cream, in a 4 to 4 1/2 quart, heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring cream, milk, salt and butter flavor to a simmer over medium heat, stir constantly with a spatula to prevent scorching.

Remove from heat. Stir in 10 cups popcorn. Let cool for 30 minutes at room temperature, pressing on popcorn with a spatula several times to release flavor.

Meanwhile, use a blender to process remaining 2 cups popcorn until finely ground and powdery. Store covered until ready to churn ice cream.

In a 4 to 4 1/2 quart, heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the eggs and sugar until smooth.

Strain cream mixture through a fine mesh strainer into egg mixture, pressing firmly on popcorn with a wooden spoon to release all liquid. Discard popcorn.

Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a spatula to prevent scorching until mixture reaches 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.

Pour mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a large (4 cup) measuring cup or bowl.

Cover top of mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold (minimum 4 hours).

Process cold cream mixture in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions, adding finely ground popcorn at end of churning.

Cover top of ice cream with plastic wrap and freeze until firm.

For the topping, in a 2 quart heavy-bottomed saucepan stir together the brown sugar, salt, cream and corn syrup until blended.

Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring with a spatula. Add butter and return to a simmer.

Gently simmer, stirring constantly over medium-low or low heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until sauce darkens slightly and thickens.

Cool at room temperature for 20 minutes or until slightly thickened but still easily pourable.

To assemble sundaes, freeze 4 dessert cups or bowls until very cold.

Place equal sized scoops of ice cream into cold dessert cups or bowls.

Drizzle with topping. To garnish, sprinkle caramel corn and butter flavored popcorn over the tops. Makes 4 ice cream sundaes


Remember to always use Eggland’s Best eggs in all of your recipes. Learn why it’s always the healthy choice.

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Information per Serving
Serving Size 1
Calories 903
Fat 67 g
Saturated Fat 36 g
Cholesterol 324 mg
Sodium 683 mg
Carbohydrates 68 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 13 g