How to make DIY microwave popcorn.

January 19, 2016

Maybe I’m late to the party (it wouldn’t be the first time), but I just recently learned that microwave popcorn is full of chemicals. Like a lot of them. It’s not just the flavors and additives, but also what’s used to line the bags. We all draw different lines with how pure and all-natural we want to keep our family’s diet, but honestly, by all accounts, microwave popcorn is pretty toxic stuff. And the weird thing is that I’m not sure why given how easy it is to make microwave popcorn with nothing more than kernels, oil, and a paper bag.

Yup: Three simple ingredients, all low cost and available at the supermarket (if not already in your cupboards), turn out microwave popcorn that you can flavor any way you like in all of 5 minutes. With this easy DIY tutorial, store-bought actually becomes a waste of money. And making and flavoring this is pretty much my kids favorite kitchen project ever.

How to make DIY microwave popcorn: Healthy snack, chemical free | One Hungry Mama

How to make your own healthy, chemical free DIY Microwave Popcorn recipe | One Hungry Mama

To make your own microwave popcorn, you’ll need:

* Popcorn kernels (I used organic, blue corn kernels in the video which is why the center looks so dark; they are not burnt!)
* A bit of neutral oil, such as grape seed or canola
* A plain brown paper bag

About 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels makes one snack-sized serving and you can fit up to 1/2 cup (2 servings) in each regular-sized brown paper lunch bag. For each 1/4 cup of kernels, you’ll only need 2-3 drops of oil and whatever toppings you like—in whatever amount you like—which you add after the popping is done.

Watch the video for how it all comes together and then get popping, naturally.

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4 Responses

  1. Claire says:

    Just a heads up that “normal” paper bags are also full of chemicals – the glue at the seams especially. You want to use a food safe paper bag for this.

  2. One Hungry Mama says:

    Hi, @Claire. Thanks for clarifying! I’m sure that brown paper bags are treated, even the food grade ones, as all papers are—so it’s a good note to be explicit about it. The glues don’t touch the food, which is also a good note and, even so, there are way fewer chemicals than there are in the store-bought bags, which was my point. Hopefully that helps! Thanks again for chiming in!

  3. Santos says:

    I can’t wait to try this! Looks so good 🙂

  4. Jess says:

    Wow! Cant wait to try this, my kids pester to buy the shop bought microwave popcorn but i refuse as i dont like the ingredients in them. Love your recipies, thank you for sharing 😊

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