Monday, October 5, 2009


Popcorn is one of the best snacks around. Cheap, healthy, easy to make, and pretty diabetic-friendly. Although popcorn is pretty high on the GI scale, a cup only has 5g of carbohydrate, so it's not hard to fit into a managed carb diet. And it counts as a whole grain.

The popcorn in microwaveable bags might be convenient, but you don't need all those added chemicals just for convenience. Making popcorn "from scratch" isn't any harder.

Popcorn and a paper bag are all you'll need. One pound bags of popcorn can be found on the same shelves as microwaveable popcorn for about $1 a pound. This is one of those cases where the cheaper option is better for you.

Pour your popcorn kernels into the bottom of the bag until they just cover the bottom.

Fold the top of the bag down. Alton Brown says you can staple the bag shut and the small amount of metal won't cause any microwave explosions. But really, that's not necessary. It's a waste of a staple; I've never had a bag unfold itself all the way in the microwave.

Place the bag in the microwave and set the microwave for 3 minutes. (There's no photo of this step, but you can imagine a microwave, right?) Stay within hearing distance of the microwave as the popcorn pops. When the popping slows down, stop the timer. For me this is usually around 2 minutes 30 seconds, but microwaves vary. The longer you leave the microwave running, the fewer unpopped kernels will remain. But you also risk giving the popcorn a faint burnt taste if you leave it in too long.

The bag expands a bit, but see, no popcorn explosions!

The angle is distorting this a little, but the bag is about 2/3 full now.

Pour the popcorn in a bowl. Choose a bowl that has more than enough room to hold all your popcorn, because now we're going to add our flavorings.

My favorite combo is Earth Balance (trans-fat free margarine), soy sauce, salt, and nutritional yeast. I mix the melted EB and soy sauce together beforehand so I don't end up with too strong of a soy sauce taste in any one handful of popcorn. Drizzle some liquid flavorings, sprinkle some dry flavorings, and repeat until you're through.


Bonnie said...

Oh that looks so easy, thank you! I love pop corn and I have made it in a pot on the stove before, but not this way.
I'll have to try it soon!

Evelyn said...

I'm embarrassed to say I've never made popcorn not from a bag. I did buy some real popcorn about a month ago. I just haven't gotten around to making it yet. I look forward to trying the nooch on it.

Anonymous said...

wow I had no idea!

dsharp88 said...

Add me to the list of those who had no clue one could pop popcorn in a paper bag. Great topping you concocted - EB, soy sauce and nooch. Mmmm.

Jenny said...

WOW; I would have never, ever thought to do this. Can't wait to try it.

Catalina said...

Yum. I might have to get some popcorn for this weekend when I'll be around a microwave. Your topping sounds delicious too.

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

I've never made popcorn like that before. Thanks for the idea!

mollyjade said...

I've done it on the stove, too, Bonnie. But this way appeals to my lazy side. No dishes to wash up. Uses less electricity (though that might be offset by only using the bag once). No oil. And you don't have to shake it constantly like you do on the stove.

jd said...


I can't believe I never knew you could pop popcorn in a brown bag! I have this annoyingly small air-popper (b/c I'm trying to avoid the additives/butter in "regular" microwave popcorn), but I hardly ever use it because it's such a pain...

Looks like I'll be trying your p-corn method asap!

Yay - thanks so much :)

PS Great blog - I'm glad I found it!