A Lesson In Popcorn

I love popcorn.

It’s one of my favorite snacks – so light, airy, and crunchy. I gave up making that pre-bagged popcorn a while ago and started making mine in the microwave with just 2 things:


I love knowing exactly what’s in my popcorn and being able to control the ingredients myself.

I just buy the bag of popcorn kernels and as long as I have brown sandwich bags, I’m ready for a bowl of popcorn at any time!

First, I take 3 Tbsp of kernels and put them in the sandwich bag.


Fold the top of the bag over twice, just so it stays closed and lay it on one side in the microwave.

Set it for 2 minutes and let it go!


Depending on how your microwave works, it may take a bit longer or a bit shorter, so just listen to see when the popping slows down.

While the popcorn is in the microwave, I get out my “finishers”:


Olive oil, salt and a big bowl is all you need for awesome popcorn.

When the popcorn is done popping, I take the bag out of the microwave and carefully open it up – watch for the hot steam!


I pour in between 1 – 2 tsp of olive oil


Sprinkle in as much salt as you want

Then comes the fun part  :)


Shake the bag up and down to get the oil and salt distributed, pour into bowl and enjoy!


This is my favorite way to have it, but you can do any seasoning you want!

  • Sugar/sweetener to make it kettle corn
  • Oregano and parmesan for Italian popcorn
  • Chili powder, cumin, garlic for Mexican flavor
  • Cinnamon and sugar for a sweet snack
  • handful of m&m’s or chocolate chips

What’s your favorite popcorn topping?

I’m a purist when it comes to popcorn and really love it with just olive oil and salt, but I do love some good kettle corn and this awesome caramel corn from Ocean City.

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  1. I never would have thought to make popcorn like this! Great post!

  2. Cabot Cheddar Shake! It makes homemade popcorn taste like Smartfood — but better!

    Awesome idea. I would never have thought to try this.

  3. Very cool – I’ve never thought of doing this! I’ve also given up bagged popcorn mostly because there’s a great company here in Pittsburgh that makes fresh popcorn in amazing flavors – I’m spoiled!

  4. I never would have imagined I could make it in a paper bag like that! You just saved my mid-afternoon snacking dilemmas!!

    I LOVE using cheese and a little hot sauce :)

  5. great way to make it! I like it plain dipped in chocolate pudding :D

  6. Ah! You are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this method. I’m going to try it with a bit of powdered ranch seasoning. oooh or some cajun seasoning… OOOH or taco seasoning!

    Wow. Excited about popcorn. Is that pathetic? lol

  7. I LOVE this idea! I’ve shied away from doing popcorn b/c I don’t want to do microwave, but I don’t want to put the effort into stovetop. how cool!

  8. That’s amazing. I’ll definitely have to try that. :-)

  9. O0oo I also love popcorn so much! Thanks for the toppings suggestions. I also like nutritional yeast on my popcorn!

  10. oh my goodness, i think i know what caramel corn you are talking about. is the place called Johnson’s? When my fam and i go to OCNJ we get caramel corn from Johnsons and it is amazing, and really popular.

  11. I don’t have a popcorn maker and had always wondered if this really worked – thanks for the how to! I love kettle corn :)

  12. Thanks for the tutorial! I didn’t know how to pop regular corn in the micro. I love Lawry’s Seasoned Salt on popcorn.

  13. I always wondered how this worked! Thanks for sharing!!
    (off to buy popcorn — I already have the bags!)

  14. Wow, I always just bought the microwave kind. This looks so much better! Thanks for sharing this :D

    My favorite topping varies. When I want dessert-y popcorn, I love to top it with a mix of stevia, unsweetened cocoa powder, and cinnamon. Mmmm chocolately!

  15. wow! thanks for the great idea. i’ve been wanting to make popcorn (but want to avoid the packaged popcorn), and my old fashioned popper went on me last year. thanks for this info…and it’s such a simple idea too.

  16. I like my popcorn with a little chili powder & old bay. Or with olive oil & a little garlic salt….either way it’s delicious!!

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  21. I gave up microwave popcorn too. It’s one of our favorite night time snacks. I love the crunch and the salty taste. It’s a very satisfying snack.

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  24. I’ve had popcorn with truffle oil, but never made it with olive oil. It sounds good-I think I’ll try it!

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