Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  318
  • Protein  1 g
  • Carbohydrates  36 g
  • Fat  19 g
  • Cholesterol  43 mg
  • Sodium  123 mg
  • Potassium  25 mg
  • Phosphorus  27 mg
  • Calcium  7 mg
  • Fiber  1.0 g

Poppy Krunch

Looking for a quick snack that is light, crunchy and sweet? DaVita renal dietitian Jackie from North Carolina has the answer: Poppy Krunch. Kids will love this treat made from popcorn that’s been drizzled with a buttery-sweet topping, but adults will want their fair share too. And since it’s kidney-friendly, those with renal problems are able to indulge without

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Jackie H. from North Carolina.

Portions: 12     Serving size: 1 cup


  • 12 cups popcorn, popped, unsalted
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Spread popcorn in a shallow pan.
  2. Combine sugar, corn syrup and butter in a 1/2-quart saucepan.
  3. Cook over medium heat until a small amount dropped in cold water separates into thin threads which are hard but not brittle (280° F on the candy thermometer). Remove from heat.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Pour syrup over popcorn, stirring until well-coated. Spread on a greased baking sheet. Break into pieces.
  6. Allow to cool. Store in an air tight container until ready to serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Portion into individual servings and store for a quick snack or dessert during the week.

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Poppy Krunch

valnieboer65 says:


Could you use Splenda and light butter instead? Dietitian comment: No it will not make the brittle which coats the popcorn. Sugar is required. The light butter may have water added and this would also change the end product.

Oct. 01, 2014, 2:20 PM - Inappropriate review?

Poppy Krunch

Amy91406 says:


Easy to make; not too time consuming and most importantly a Wonderful snack. Don't feel deprived of anything good

Sep. 21, 2013, 3:39 PM - Inappropriate review?

Poppy Krunch

traceyc78 says:


this recipe is fabulous!

Aug. 16, 2012, 11:51 AM - Inappropriate review?

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