Popcorn in a Brown Bag

Hello Underdogs, and I hope you are having a wonderful day! With the holidays , and so many movies coming up, it’s hard not to focus on a favorite snack. I love popcorn, and it’s not only a staple in the movie viewings at home and at the theater, but for a variety of other things. Sometimes, popcorn can be a great dinner when you have a huge lunch, and you still need to eat something. Christmas time is a huge for popcorn time in my family. We usually spend the night eating popcorn and watch movies after all the crazy of the day! I have own machine that I love! Sometimes, I am too tired to set it up, wait for the popcorn machine to heat up, and then have to clean the machine. It really is a pain cleaning the machine! I also don’t always like the overwhelming salty and fake butter taste of microwave popcorn. That’s why I decided for this try it Tuesday to make popcorn from a brown paper bag in the microwave!


What you will need:

  1. Brown Paper Bag: You want a brown paper bag the same size you would use to take to lunch.
  2. 1/2 cup of unpopped popcorn.
  3. 1/2 teaspoon of salt, or to taste. (optional)
  4. 1 teaspoon of oil. (Your choice, but you can use veggie, coconut, or any other kind that you would like.)
  5. Mixing Bowl
  6. Mixing Spoon
  7. Seasoning (optional)


In a mixing bowl, add the kernels of popcorn, the salt, oil, and any seasoning that you wish. Stir them together until you are happy with everything being evenly coated. Once the kernels are coated, transfer to the brown paper bag. Gently fold the bag over a few times to close it up, and make sure it will fit into your microwave without it hitting the top. Microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes. This will depend on your microwave, so this might be a trial and error. The trick is to listen to the sound of the popcorn and count how many seconds that are going between the pops. When the popcorn is popping 3 seconds apart, then it’s time to stop the microwave and take it out. Be very careful, and treat this like normal microwave popcorn. It will be hot, and it will release steam when you open the bag. Do not burn yourself!

You might have to try this a few times to get used to what will work for your own settings. It might burn, or it might need to cook a bit longer. Once you find your best time to make the popcorn, you can experiment with some flavors. You can find several at a grocery store that you can use like cheddar, sour cream and onion, and caramel. However, you can use things at home. Here are a few suggestions for you to use.

While you are mixing, add Parmesan cheese! You won’t need to use a whole lot, just enough to lightly coat your popcorn. I also have garlic salt and pepper in my house at all times. You can also lightly coat your popcorn before or after you cook it. If you like spice, add hot sauce! If you like the sweet and salty, use the salt, and a small amount of chocolate, like adding a few M&M’s. You can pretty much make any sort of combo that you wish. Different oils will also equate a different taste. I would suggest that you try out a few different kinds to see what you prefer!

The reason that I really like using this recipe is because it’s no where near as greasy as something you can buy at a theater, microwave, or even making popcorn from a machine. I have used the pre-made packages several times when I make my own at home. While others really like using that, and it is convenient, I don’t like how salty it is. This is a nice, and quick alternative to a healthier popcorn experience!


Have you ever tried making your own microwave popcorn using a brown paper bag? What are your favorite recipes if you have used this? Leave your comments below!


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