Popcorn is a tasty snack no matter how you decide to pop it. Whether your go-to is storebought, microwave, air-popped, or stovetop popped, you are bound to end up with a winner. But have you ever considered making your own microwave popcorn with a paper bag?
To pop popcorn in a paper bag, simply add 1/4-1/3 cup of popcorn (or more if desired) and tightly fold down the top of the bag. Butter can be added if you wish. To avoid burning it, sit close by the microwave and listen for a lull in the popping. When it stops popping rapidly, it’s ready to come out.
Sounds a little too simple to be effective, does it? Well, it really does work! Read on to learn more about the process as well as what you can do to spice your popcorn up a little.
Popping Popcorn in a Paper Bag
As mentioned before, popping popcorn in a paper bag is a straightforward process. The recommended amount of kernels to add is usually somewhere between 1/4-1/3 of a cup.
So how long will that take to pop? This usually depends on the type of microwave you have and the water content in your popcorn kernels.
There really is no way to tell for sure, but don’t worry. As long as you are listening to the popping sound, you won’t burn it. Again, as mentioned above, the key is to listen to the rapidness of the pop.
If there is a few seconds of silence or a lull in the popping sounds, that probably means it is safe to pull it out. You may not pop every single kernel, but it is better to pop most of them than to pop all of them and burn your treat.
Note: Please do not walk away from the microwave while it is popping to avoid it from burning
As far as what size of paper bag you use, that is really your choice. It is not a factor that really plays into the quality of the pop, so you really don’t need to worry too much about it.
Quite possibly the nicest thing about all this is it’s an easy way to make a fairly healthy snack. You don’t need any gear at all, just the bag, a microwave, and of course, your popcorn. Once you have finished popping you can add butter and salt or anything else that might tickle your fancy.
As a matter of fact, there are few limits as to how you can flavor your popcorn.
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Alternative Methods for Popping Popcorn
Popping popcorn in a brown paper bag is without doubt the fastest and easiest way to get a nice turnout. However, you shouldn’t limit yourself to that method just because it’s easy.
There are several other ways to do it that produce popcorn that tastes just as good. Here are a few popular alternatives.
There is the obvious microwave popcorn method, which you can do in a variety of ways. You can buy microwave popcorn at the store, though many experts would not recommend this because of the artificial flavors and preservatives that microwave popcorn contains.
You can also make it in a bowl. This method is exactly like the paper bag method, except you are using a microwave-safe bowl and a dinner plate instead of a bag.
You can also employ the traditional old stovetop method which, in my opinion, is the best way to do it.
Simply cover the bottom of your pan in oil (though not too much; you don’t want your popcorn to turn out soggy) and pour in as many kernels as can be covered in the oil. This method does take a while, but it is a bit easier to get most of your kernels when they’re popped this way.
These methods all work, though the paper bag method is definitely the easiest. However you choose to pop and flavor your popcorn is completely up to you, and if you try any of the listed flavorings, you will be rewarded with a different, bold flavor.
Paper bag popcorn is a quick, easy way to a delectable and healthy treat, and it’s pretty hard to go wrong with it!
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Adding Flavor to Your Popcorn
As mentioned above, there are really no rules or limits to what you can do with popcorn. Butter and salt are, of course, classic and delicious but there are many other ways to flavor your popcorn (whether sweet or savory). Here are some popular alternatives.
If you have a hankering for something sweet, there are definitely a few options. One popular option is to douse the popcorn in butter and then give it a coating of cinnamon and sugar. This is an easy yet delicious choice for those who are looking for a different way to eat popcorn without adding way too much sugar.
If chocolate is your sweet of choice, there are options for you too. Try drizzling melted chocolate and peanut butter over the top of your corn for a sweet, peanut butter cup-like twist.
You can also try chocolate and peppermint, chocolate and marshmallow, or even chocolate, pretzels, and peanuts. If you have a brave palate, there are absolutely no limits here.
Quite possibly one of the most widely known and loved variations is caramel popcorn. This does take a bit more time to prepare, but in the end, it is definitely worth it.
Using sugar, honey, or molasses, you can cook a decadent caramel sauce over the stove and drizzle it over your popcorn until it’s coated all the way.
For all you savory popcorn lovers out there, you might want to consider a few of these tasty recipes. You can try a tex-mex popcorn mix which involves dusting your popcorn with a mix of dark brown sugar and chili powder.
This spicy and sweet mixture is definitely a favorite. You can also try mixes of oregano and parmesan, cumin and curry powder, wasabi, sugar, and salt, and even salt and vinegar. All of these recipes are popular and tasty. If you are brave enough to try them, you won’t be sorry.