How to pop popcorn in a brown paper bag? It’s like magic, you can make your own healthy, delicious, low-fat microwave popcorn using regular popping corn and a brown paper bag. It works perfectly.

No fancy popcorn machine, no popcorn popping pots, no stove top, zero mess. Just popcorn kernels, a brown paper bag, and a microwave.

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Savings Tip!

Making popcorn in a brown paper bag costs less too. Doing the math, gourmet microwave popcorn costs around $22.65 for 12 boxes (source) — that’s $3.53 per pound!

How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

Step One: Get a brown paper bag

This is ridiculously easy. I bought a package of 100 brown paper bags for $2.

How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

Step Two: Put popping corn into the brown paper bag.

Add a 1/2 cup scoop of regular popcorn kernels into the brown paper bag. Fold the bag over twice.

How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

Important: Don’t use staples!

Don’t use staples to secure the brown paper bag as it might spark in your microwave.

how to make popcorn in a brown paper bag

Step Three: Pop in microwave

Place the brown paper bag with popping kernels into your microwave. Set for 3 minutes on high.

gourmet microwave popcorn

gourmet microwave popcorn

Microwave for 3 minutes or less

Stop the microwave when the popping slows to one to two pops per second. A few kernels will remain unpopped. Longer microwaving may pop more kernels, but you’ll risk burning the popped popcorn, so it’s not recommended.

Step Four: Add gourmet popcorn topping

A pinch of salt with a dab of butter is the standard way to eat microwave popcorn.

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But why not get creative and try some sweet or savory flavors to mix up movie night?

Try these popcorn toppings!

  • Hot Stuff: Add chili powder, hot sauce, and salt.
  • Kiss My Breath: Shake in onion powder, garlic powder, hold the kiss.
  • Cheese Please: Mix in Parmesan cheese with dash of salt.
  • Vegan Cheese, Please: Sprinkle Nutritional Yeast for a cheesy taste.
  • Sweet Tooth: A dash of cinnamon, a sprinkle of sugar, and honey.
  • Classic: A shake of salt with a pat of butter.

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How do YOU make popcorn? Got a favorite gourmet popcorn topping to share? Go.

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