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Homemade Microwave Popcorn Made in a Brown Paper Bag

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Learn how to make Homemade Microwave Popcorn with just popcorn kernels and a brown bag. I'll even show you 3 delicious flavors including Caramel Corn!
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Hi Bold Bakers!

When making fresh Popcorn at home you usually have to buy those store-bought microwave packets. They are a fast convenient solution, right? But did you know you can make it yourself in just 2 MINUTES in the microwave with only a brown paper bag and some popcorn kernels? It sounds crazy but when you try it you won’t believe the results.

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Homemade Microwave Popcorn is the best kind of fast food. It is low-fat, gluten free, inexpensive and a great snack food. The best thing about making your own is that you get to control the ingredients that go into it, like real butter instead of a “butter-like substance” and so on. I’ll show you 3 Big & Bold Popcorn Flavors including Movie Theatre-Style Popcorn, Cheese & Rosemary Popcorn, & the most impressive Microwave Caramel Corn!

Popcorn can be a delicious blank canvas for you to add your favorite flavors and seasonings to. Some of my personal favorites are the original Movie Theatre-Style Popcorn. It’s buttery, salty and you can sneak it into the cinema in your handbag.

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Microwave Movie Theatre-Style Popcorn

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Microwave Movie Theatre-Style Popcorn

4.67 from 15 votes
Learn how to make Homemade Microwave Popcorn with just popcorn kernels and a brown bag. I'll even show you 3 delicious flavors including Caramel Corn!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 -2
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Learn how to make Homemade Microwave Popcorn with just popcorn kernels and a brown bag. I'll even show you 3 delicious flavors including Caramel Corn!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 -2

Ingredients

  • cup (60g/2oz) popcorn kernels
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons (1 ½oz/45g) butter, melted

Instructions

  • Put the popcorn kernels in a medium brown paper bag. Roll the top of it closed nice and tight. This will keep in the steam while cooking
  • Place the bag upright in the microwave (not on it’s side)
  • Cook for roughly 1 minute 35-50 seconds or until the kernels stop popping at the rate of at least 1 per second. Keep an eye on it (NOTE: my microwave is 1200 watts so your cooking time may vary depending on your microwave)
  • In the brown paper bag, pour in the melted butter and shake the bag while pouring the butter in a slow stream. Enjoy immediately

Recipe Notes

*make sure there are no holes in your brown paper bag
* stay close by the microwave while cooking so you can hear it pop, the popcorn can burn if cooked too long
*Place bag standing upright, not on its side
*store popcorn in an airtight container for 2 days.
Weight Watchers Point: 4 Smart Points:8
Nutrition Facts
Microwave Movie Theatre-Style Popcorn
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 158
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cheese & Rosemary Microwave Popcorn

Another incredible flavor is Cheesy Popcorn. I have always loved cheesy popcorn ever since I was a kid. My mum used to give us a bag going to school. My Cheese & Rosemary Microwave Popcorn is a little bit of a sophisticated version of what I grew up with but also a nod to the original. You can find my Cheese & Rosemary Microwave Popcorn recipe here.

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Microwave Caramel Popcorn

Microwave Caramel Corn, who knew that was possible? Not me until recently. You will have to see it to believe it but trust me. Out of a brown paper bag comes crunchy Caramel Corn that is covered in a crisp shell of caramel that you would only imagine would have to be baked to get those results. You can find my Microwave Caramel Corn recipe here!

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Belinda Marie
1 month ago

Just wow! Thank you so much for this recipe. I have not eaten popcorn in years because I did not want to inject all the nasty chemicals they put into the microwave bags. But this! I know everything that is on there! This will become a happy snack again in my house! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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CW
1 month ago

Just tried the popcorn in the microwave last night and it was really good! I had told my husband about the recipe and I had bought paper bags for it and he made sure I tried it last night ! My husband was very amazed it worked thank you for sharing that recipe!

Member
4 months ago

Hi Gemma,
What are the physical dimensions of a “medium sized Brown paper bag”?
I have finally found som paper bags here in Denmark, but I think they are too small.
The only bags I have been able to find are 12cm wide, 7cm deep and and 20.8cm tall.

Can I reducer the recipe so I can use these bags?

Lauren
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Lauren
4 months ago

Hi Gemma!

Do you have a recipe for kettle corn ?

Brenns
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Brenns
6 months ago

I tried the popcorn last night and it was fabulous….never again will be buying the prepackaged microwave popcorn…thanks so much for this …..????

Manal.amhaz
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Manal.amhaz
8 months ago

Loved it!!! Thank youuuuuu.
Exactly what I needed for my kids.

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Leticia Valdes Graves
10 months ago

Absolutely loved this! I’m still in disbelief I could have been making this all these years rather than buying pre-packaged popcorn bags. Thank you for the video and tips…Bigger Bolder Baking strikes again with another great recipe!

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Chloe Kramer
10 months ago

Love this idea so much!! What about churo
( cinnamon sugar ) pop corn or a moose tracks popcorn?

Jill
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Jill
1 year ago

Fun & yum! I will say, I made my popcorn on the stove as usual using 1/2 cup of popping corn. I made the full recipe for the caramel sauce, but only used about 1/2 of it (and then ate all of the caramel corn!!).

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Keenie28
1 year ago

I’m still amazed at how popcorn in a paper bag turns out (perfect!), and now. . .caramel corn in the microwave, too! The last time I made caramel corn was so much more time intensive with the baking involved. Getting it all done in the microwave is genius. Just need to be careful handling that bag of caramel corn coming out of the microwave because it IS hot!

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