Brown Bag Popcorn {Recipe}

Y’all, I’m ridiculously excited about this! Like a kid in a candy store! I’ve seen it on numerous blogs (sorry, I can’t remember which ones) and all over Pinterest, but I had my doubts. Popcorn without any butter or oil? Hm…
Ryan and I have been to the movie theater a bunch lately – some movies were hits, others were misses – and every time we go, Ryan cannot sit down without a bag of popcorn. I don’t blame him, the buttery, salty smell is completely alluring. I love popcorn just as much as he does but sadly my stomach does not so I’ve been enjoying an occasional Coke Zero.
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Typically we bring our own drinks and snacks because a) it’s cheaper and b) it’s healthier. We’d grab a couple of seltzer waters, pop a couple bags of popcorn, stash it all in one of my bigger handbags, and hope that an usher didn’t ask to see inside my bag. Thankfully, no one ever did.
Not to mention, we found the tastiest microwave popcorn at the grocery store near our old house but unfortunately we haven’t been since we moved. The popcorn was organic, didn’t contain any of those hard to pronounce ingredients (i.e. chemicals), and didn’t contain any trans fat. Winner, winner. Crunchy, not too oily, salty but not too salty, and all of the kernels popped without burning (I hate unpopped kernels, what a waste!) – my momma still goes out of her way just to buy boxes of the stuff, it’s really that good!
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Well, as I mentioned yesterday we saw the new movie About Time on Tuesday night and it got me thinking about how much we’ve spent lately at the movie theater. $25 for 2 tickets + $10 for 2 sodas + $6 for a small popcorn… That’s over $40! And multiply that for each movie we’ve seen, oye! Perhaps if smalls weren’t larges in disguise they wouldn’t cost so much. But I digress…
I feel somewhat silly for sharing this because it’s insanely simple, but think of it as a tip, not a recipe. You may think that you’re forgetting something but I promise you’re not.
All you need is: a brown paper lunch bag, popcorn kernels, and a microwave.
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Directions: Pour approximately 3 tbsp. of popcorn kernels into a brown paper bag – the kernels should lay flat on the bottom of the bag. Fold the top of the bag over 2 times and tightly scrunch to secure. Place the bag in the microwave and cook for 2-3 minutes (time will differ for each microwave). Listen closely and remove the bag once there’s about 3 seconds between each pop.
– 3 tbsp. was the perfect amount of kernels for one bag. If you want more, I’d suggest using additional bags and cooking them one at a time.
– I added a spritz of coconut oil + sprinkle of salt, but you could enjoy it straight-up, add some cinnamon + sugar, parm cheese, chocolates… The opportunities are endless!
Question: Do you prefer traditional salty popcorn or salty + sweet kettle corn?
Question: What was your favorite after school snack? In elementary school I lucked out and rode the same bus as my best friend. Some afternoons she’d come home with me so we could “work on homework” together (aka watch Dr. Phil and Oprah) and we’d make a big bowl of Cheddar Popcorn – a bag of microwave popcorn + a few handfuls of cheddar Goldfish + a sprinkling of shredded cheddar cheese. Try it, it’s really good I promise!

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