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Paper Bag Popcorn

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Paper Bag Popcorn is delicious, low-fat and made in the microwave using standard popping corn and a brown paper bag!

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a paper bag filled with popcorn

Several months ago, I bought a container of popping corn so I could use it to make some fall centerpieces. Not wanting to waste the extra popcorn kernels, but not owning any fancy air popper, I decided to try my hand at making popcorn in my microwave using a simple brown paper bag.

Have you tried this before? I was amazed at how easy it is!

How to Pop Popcorn in the Microwave Using Just a Paper Bag

Items Needed – All you need is a 1 brown paper lunch bag and a 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels.

Prep – Place the popcorn kernels inside the paper bag, then fold the top over twice.

Cook – Place the bag of kernels inside the microwave, folded side down, and cook for 2 minutes. Pull it out of the microwave and carefully open the top to let the steam out.

Season – Lastly, season with butter, salt, or seasoning, if desired.

What Size Paper Bag Do I Use?

Pretty much any size brown paper bag will work just fine (as long as it fits easily in the microwave) but we suggest using a standard-sized lunch sack. Also, make sure you are using a paper bag without any designs on it as some designs are made with metallic paints and can burn when heated in the microwave.

How Do You Know When The Popcorn Is Done?

Pay close attention to the popcorn in your microwave. When there is more than a two-second pause in popping, stop the microwave and pull it out.  Otherwise, you’ll end up with what my kids call “chocolate” popcorn.  I promise, you don’t want that.

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Paper Bag Popcorn turns out perfectly every time, and one jar of kernels goes a long way! It’s a healthy snack that’s totally affordable and fun to make!  Have you guys ever heard of this before?  Leave us a comment below and let us know.

a paper bag filled with popcorn
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Paper Bag Popcorn

Paper Bag Popcorn is delicious, low-fat and made in the microwave using standard popping corn and a brown paper bag!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword 3 ingredients, 30 minutes or less
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Calories 135 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 brown paper lunch bag
  • seasonings if desired - butter, salt, small candies, etc.

Instructions

  1. Place the popcorn kernels inside the paper bag, then fold the top over twice.
  2. Place the bag of kernels inside the microwave, folded side down, and cook for approximately 2 minutes, or until there is a 2-second pause in popping.
  3. Pull out the popcorn from the microwave and carefully open the top to let the steam out.
  4. Season with butter, salt, or other seasonings, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Paper Bag Popcorn
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 135
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

popcorn spilled from a paper bag next to a cup of popcorn kernels

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