It’s Friday, and it is movie night in our house. What is the best treat to complete the whole movie experience? Popcorn!
I usually had pre-packaged microwave popcorn in my pantry. Recently, I heard something about the possible harm from chemicals used in the butter flavoring and anyways….I am on my quest to try to eliminate (or minimize) processed foods when I can in my house. Did you know that you can easily make a homemade version of microwave popcorn? All you need is popping corn and a brown paper lunch bag.
Why I love this? It is WAY cheaper and WAY healthier because I can control my toppings. The fun part is trying different flavors to coat the popcorn!
Funny story – my kids freaked out that the popcorn was white and not yellow like they were used to. <cringe!!> Now does that tell you that there might be something wrong with the processed version?
To pop your corn:
Use 1/4 C popping corn and place in a brown paper bag. Fold the paper bag at the top and adhere with a piece of tape. Place flat in the microwave for 3 minutes, stopping when there are 2-3 seconds in between pops. Once done, carefully dump the popcorn in a bowl or a pan and get the toppings ready.
The key is getting the toppings to stick to the popcorn. For butter flavor, I melt only 1 TB of butter and lightly drizzle it over the popcorn. Toss the popcorn to distribute the topping. Add a shake or two of salt, grated parmesan cheese a small pinch of red pepper for some spice.
Forget the butter! My kids enjoyed a yummy afternoon snack when I drizzled the melted combination of 1 TB of peanut butter and 1 teaspoon of hazelnut spread over the popcorn (pictured above). Such a small amount when a long way to make a satisfying afternoon snack for 3 kids.
What are you favorite toppings? I am always looking for new ideas!
I guess I expected that microwave popcorn needed the metal bag and extra ingredients in order for it to cook that way. I hope this has enlightened at least one of my viewers out there.