Friday, July 11, 2014

diy microwave popcorn

Who doesn't love popcorn?  I know I do. But I don't love microwave popcorn bags. They're expensive and full of junk. I miss the hot air popcorn maker that we had growing up, but honestly, don't really want to buy yet another kitchen gadget.  So when I came across this tutorial to make your own microwave popcorn, I was sold.

I gathered up the supplies:
  • popcorn
  • brown paper lunch bags
That's it. (Oh, and a microwave).

I poured in my 1/4 cup of popcorn and folded the bag over 2x and put it in the microwave for 2 minutes. (I used my Quick On button, so I imagine that's high power). Paul mocked me saying that he thought that it was going to come out of the bag, but it didn't.

And here are the results:

 Honestly... not a single kernel burned AND most of the kernels popped. I was pretty impressed. This is WAY cheaper and healthier than your store bought bag.

And since I'm looking to make healthy popcorn, I decided to try my own flavourings (I have a coworker who rocks at this, so I knew they could be tasty). I took mine from this blogger.

For the sweet tooth: Mexican Chocolate

Mix of icing sugar, cocoa and cinnamon

For the savoury tooth: Italian and Parmesan

Mix of Parsley, Basil, Garlic, Onion and Parmesan

Best thing about the mixes? I doubled the popcorn for both bowls (1/2 cup total*) and used about 2 tsps of butter, just enough to coat the popcorn and catch the seasoning. So overall, WAY healthier option!

And voila. DIY healthy microwave popcorn!

* I don't recommend trying to pop the 1/2 cup in one bag, all at once. I did it twice, in two 1/4 allotments because the bag really isn't big enough to hold the doubled amount.

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