Popcorn is one of those snacks that everyone seems to love. Growing up it was always a treat when popcorn was made. My Grandma H. had an electric cooker and this cool colored aluminum bowls she always put it in. At the indoor movies we always got a bucket full. But best of all was Dad’s popcorn. He had an old skillet that was seriously beat to hell that he always used. The bottom was black but with paint chipped off and the top he used was that 70’s green color with a small square black lid in the center. Dad added the oil to the pan, then the kernels, then the lid. Then he would start to shake that pan with everything he had. I swear he had to burn off a ton of calories just making the popcorn! He always melted just the right amount of butter then and poured it over the top. So delicious! Plus, when we went to the drive-in theater he would make a few batches and put it all into big brown paper grocery bags so we would all have enough for the entire night. While Dad made the popcorn, Mom would go outside and clean the car windows with vinegar and newspaper. Such fun memories of going to the drive-in.
Now sometime in the 80s I guess it was, these big giant boxes came into our homes and apparently their best purpose was to make microwave popcorn that was full of I do not know what kind of fake butter and oil and gunk. Sure, it tastes good but it is not good for you. I had heard about making popcorn in the microwave in just a paper bag for a while but it was not until several weeks ago that I finally tried it. It is super easy to make, much cheaper than the store bought microwave popcorn, and tremendously more healthy!
When done you will probably notice the bag is a little wet in one area. That is just from the steam escaping from the kernels when they pop. Also, I always get a small hole on the bottom of the bag – a bit of a blowout – but at most it lets a kernel or two out and is no biggie. Obviously you cannot use the same bag multiple times.
- Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup
- Popcorn is a whole grain – it is good for you!
- Popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories
- 3 cups of popcorn equal one serving from the grain group
- Popcorn is naturally gluten free
Have you tried making your own microwave popcorn like this? What is your favorite topping for popcorn?