This **unpopped popcorn to popped conversion calculator** helps you **estimate** the volume of **popped popcorn** you’ll get from a given amount of **unpopped kernels**.

**1 oz (2 tablespoons)**of unpopped kernels =**1 quart**of popped corn (approximately 4 cups)**2 oz (1/4 cup)**of unpopped kernels =**2 quarts**of popped corn (approximately 8 cups)**4 oz (1/2 cup)**of unpopped kernels =**4 quarts**of popped corn (approximately 16 cups)

## Unpopped Popcorn to Popped Calculator

Unpopped (Cups) | Popped (Cups) | Servings (Approx.) |
---|---|---|

1/8 | 4 | 1-2 |

1/4 | 8 | 2-3 |

1/2 | 16 | 4-6 |

3/4 | 24 | 6-8 |

1 | 32 | 8-10 |

1 1/2 | 48 | 12-15 |

2 | 64 | 16-20 |

2 1/2 | 80 | 20-25 |

3 | 96 | 24-30 |

3 1/2 | 112 | 28-35 |

4 | 128 | 32-40 |

4 1/2 | 144 | 36-45 |

5 | 160 | 40-50 |

5 1/2 | 176 | 44-55 |

6 | 192 | 48-60 |

## Unpopped to Popped Popcorn Conversion Formula

**1 cup of unpopped kernels โ 32 cups of popped popcorn**

Volume Expansion: Popcorn kernels expand dramatically when heated, increasing their volume by about30-40 times.Density Change: The popped corn is much less dense than the original kernels, which is why the volume increase is so significant.

If you start with **1/4 cup of unpopped kernels**, you can expect approximately **8 cups of popped popcorn** (1/4 * 32 = 8).

### How Much Popped Popcorn Does 1/2 Cup Make?

The **1/2 cup of unpopped kernels will produce approximately 16 cups of popped popcorn**.

This amount is perfect for a **small gathering** or a **family movie night**. It’s enough to fill a large serving bowl and satisfy **2-3 popcorn enthusiasts**.

### How Much Popped Popcorn Does 2 Tablespoons Make?

**To answer this, let’s first convert tablespoons to cups:**

- 2 tablespoons = 1/8 cup

Now, applying our conversion formula: **1/8 cup of unpopped kernels โ 4 cups of popped popcorn**

## Should You Measure Popcorn Popped or Unpopped?

For **consistency and accuracy**, it’s best to measure popcorn when it’s **unpopped**.

Here’s why:

**Consistent Volume**: Unpopped kernels have a more consistent volume, making measurements more reliable.**Easier Portioning**: It’s simpler to measure small amounts of dense kernels than large volumes of fluffy popped corn.**Recipe Standardization**: Most popcorn recipes and nutritional information are based on unpopped measurements.

If a recipe calls for **1/4 cup of popcorn**, it’s referring to unpopped kernels. Measuring **1/4 cup of popped popcorn** would result in far less popcorn than intended.

## How Many Kernels Make 8 Cups of Popcorn?

- 32 cups popped = 1 cup unpopped
- 8 cups popped = x cups unpopped
- x = 8 รท 32 = 1/4 cup

Therefore, **1/4 cup of unpopped kernels will make approximately 8 cups of popped popcorn**.

To estimate the number of kernels, consider that an average kernel weighs about **0.15 grams**, and there are roughly **1,600 kernels in a cup**. So, 1/4 cup would contain about **400 kernels**.

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