how to make your own healthy and inexpensive microwave popcorn | Robyns.World

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!

Make your own microwave popcorn with just ordinary popcorn kernels and a paper bag. No oil needed

The only supplies you need are ordinary popcorn kernels and a regular brown paper lunch bag.

Use about 1/4 cup of kernels per bag

Add about 1/4 cup of the kernels to the paper bag. Fold over the top twice. You do not need any oil to make this. Just the dry popcorn in the bag. Place it standing up in the microwave and cook for about 3 minutes – this will of course depend on the power of your microwave. It is just like the pre-packaged stuff though, stop it when the popping slows down.

steam is normal on the bag

a small hole is normal on the bag    

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.

Season the freshly popped popcorn as you like!

Just dump the cooked popcorn into a bowl and season as you like. If you like butter go ahead and melt some to pour over it – at least you can control the amount and know if it is real butter or not. You can also use a bit of the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray for less calories. Putting a little olive oil in a spritzer will also work. If you are going to salt or season the popcorn you do need it a tiny bit damp from something to make the seasoning stick. Pepper is also good on it, garlic powder, and I love freshly grated Parmesan cheese on it. Really you can make it any way you like!

Some nutritional info from

  • 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?