Paper bag popcorn, people! The easiest and least expensive way to make popcorn is to microwave it in paper bag. No fancy popcorn machine, no popcorn popping pots, no stove top, zero mess. Just popcorn kernels, a paper bag, and a microwave.
Now let me pop the big question: have you ever recycled your leftover microwave popcorn bags? I cringe to think how much of this product graces our landfills, all in the name of snack food. But no fear, by switching your home movie snacking habit using this frugal trick, you can compost or recycle your used brown paper bags and create no waste.
Speaking of waist, do you know how many calories are contained in those popcorn flavor packets? What about the ingredients? Here’s the ingredient list from a package of Act II popcorn.
Act II Popcorn Ingredients: Popcorn, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Annatto Color. Contains: Fish, Milk
Fish? In my popcorn? Um, no thanks. I’ll skip the hydrogenated oil and fish in my snacks by sticking to my paper bag popcorn version.
How to Make Paper Bag Popcorn
Step One: Get a paper bag
This is ridiculously easy, internet people. Just head on over to your local grocery store and pickup a package of brown paper lunch bags.
Step Two: Bag your gourmet microwave popcorn
Add a 1/2 cup scoop of bulk popcorn kernels to your paper bag.
Step Three: Pop in microwave
Stick the popcorn bag into your microwave. I set mine for 3 minutes on high.
Step Four: Add gourmet popcorn topping
A pinch of salt with a dab of butter is the standard way to eat popcorn.
Try these toppings for some paper bag popcorn fun:
- Hot Stuff: Add chili powder, hot sauce, and salt.
- Kiss My Breath: Shake in onion powder and garlic powder, hold the kiss.
- Cheese Please: Mix in Parmesan cheese with a little salt.
- Vegan Cheese, Please: Sprinkle some Nutritional Yeast FTW!
- Sweet Tooth: A dash of cinnamon, a sprinkle of sugar, and a topper of honey. Now that’s money.
- Classic: A shake of salt with a pat of butter.