Microwave Popcorn


Do you ever finally try something that you've heard about for months and months and then want to smack yourself for not trying it earlier??

This is how I feel about today's post.

We ditched the traditional grocery store microwave popcorn a long time ago when the list of ingredients scared me too much to keep using it.

And stove top popcorn isn't difficult, you know exactly what's going into it and you don't need to worry about bad chemicals.  Some kernels of corn, a little olive oil and sea salt and you have a yummy popcorn treat in not much time at all.

In our house, there is a certain someone who asks for popcorn almost every night.  And even though it's easy to make, and I know it's healthier, I get tired of doing it all the time!  I was on the hunt for an easier option - one that even a 12 year old could do on his own.

And then I remembered hearing about popping corn in a brown paper bag right in the microwave.  Say what?  And I wondered if it really was as easy as I'd heard and knew I had to try it asap.  So the next time I was at the grocery store, I threw a package of brown paper lunch bags into my cart.

And yes, I looked for exactly how to pull this off.  Despite a very nervous 12 year old concerned that I might set something on fire, I forged ahead.  Mama Loves Food showed me the way...

This is about as embarrassingly easy as you can get...


- brown paper lunch bag
- 1/4 c. popcorn kernels
- olive oil, sea salt to taste (optional)

If you're using the oil and salt, combine all your ingredients in a small dish and pour into the paper bag. Or just pour plain kernels into the bag for a light, air popped popcorn!  

Then, fold the top over 3 times.  Make your folds thin and fold tightly.  You want to fold over enough to keep the popcorn from popping out, but still leave enough room inside for it to pop well.

Put your bag into the microwave and press the "popcorn" button.  Ta Da!  

Seriously ridiculous, right?  In less than 2 and a half minutes, chemical free popcorn!  And, you can eat it right from the bag.  1/4 c of kernels makes a nice single serving.  Heck, make this with some of my single serving hot chocolate and call it a night.

It's going to have to be a VERY special occasion for me to ever bust out the big popcorn pot again.  Seriously.  This is way too fast, easy and mess free for me to deal with cooking it on the stove.