Popcorn in a Paper Bag


I recently discovered the blog 100 Days of Real Food (which most of you probably know about…I must have been in the dark).  We’re trying to eat healthier, so this blog has given us lots of great recipes and ideas!  One of these ideas is making microwave popcorn in a paper bag!  I had no clue that you could do that…but it works great!


This would be a fun snack to enjoy after reading…



Here’s what you’ll need:  a brown paper lunch sack, popcorn kernels, olive oil (or butter), and salt.  




 1.  Measure out 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels.



 2.  Dump them in the bottom of your paper sack.



 3.  Fold the top 3-4 times and put in the microwave.



 4.  Microwave for  1 1/2 to 3 minutes in the microwave (depending on your microwave…ours too 1 1/2 minutes).  Stay close by to listen for popping and take out when there is 2-3 seconds between pops.  It can burn easily, so make sure you stick close to the microwave.






 5.  Add your toppings and either shake in the bag or mix in a bowl.  A little Olive oil and sea salt tastes great!

What’s your child’s favorite healthy snack?

*Please note:  Use extreme caution and do not leave your microwave unattended.  One commenter said her dad’s microwave caught on fire popping popcorn this way.  

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  1. says

    I went to an air popper about 5 years ago and haven’t looked back! No oil at all…except what you decide to drizzle on it;) I do love butter, but recently switched to butter flavored olive oil and some salt. Yum! And, it’s a given I take the top of the popper off once it’s 99% done so a few late kernels will pop to the ceiling. Love my kids faces! We may try this microwave version and compare it to our air popped for a fun edible learning opportunity.

  2. Kristen E. says

    We’ve been making popcorn this way for a few months now and we will NEVER go back to buying pre-packaged microwave popcorn! My husband loves popcorn, but I always felt kinda icky about buying it…first, because it’s expensive, second, it’s kinda unhealthy, and third, I never liked the taste of “butter” popcorn. Making it this way is significantly cheaper, and you have more control over the ingredients. I like mine kettle-corn style, so I add a tablespoon of Splenda and some salt to taste…delicious!

  3. deltaflute says

    I make mine on the stove. I just follow the bag of kernels directions which are 3 tablespoons oil and 1/3 cup of kernels. Put in 3-4 quart pot on medium heat (5 is what I use). And wait until you hear the time between pops gets longer. Done! It’s not as quick as the microwave, but you don’t have to worry about burning anything other than maybe your popcorn if you leave it too long.

  4. Crystal M :) says

    So, I didn’t know about the 100 day web site or about popping corn in your own bag either…so I’m doubly in the dark. :) Thanks for the good info!
    My daughter’s favorite snack is apple wedges “just like at the apple wedge place?” The rest of the world knows it as McDonalds.

  5. says

    I remember doing this in kindergarten, and thinking “Why wouldn’t anyone just buy microwave popcorn?” Now I prefer my popcorn this way, and it’s fun to do with the family. ;)

  6. jessa says

    Thanks for sharing! We use a glass bowl and a microwave-safe loose plastic cover. It has saved us a lot of money on microwave popcorn since we are popcorn junkies but it is so much healthier too!

  7. Kim says

    I read this in one of Alton Brown’s cookbooks and have been making my popcorn this way every since. Much, much cheaper and healthier than the other versions.

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