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Homemade Popcorn

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Popcorn can actually be a really healthy snack option if you avoid all the added butter. The best way to do that is to make homemade popcorn.

For years, I had an air popper. I recently bought a new one in a similar model, but it just didn’t work as well. It shot unpopped kernels all over my kitchen.

Sure, there are options like Skinny Pop or even just 100 calorie packs of microwaveable, but I just was not a fan.

popcorn made in a brown paper bag

A few days ago I stumbled across a video on Tiktok of a woman making popcorn in the microwave using just a brown paper bag, kernels, & butter!!

I decided to try it. Adding the butter was just a complete mess. It completely soaked into the bag and left a butter residue in my microwave. BUT, then I tried it without the butter and success!

All you do is throw about 1/4 cup popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag, fold down the end a couple times & stick in the microwave for about 2 minutes.

brown paper bag in a microwave full of popcorn kernels

After that you can add whichever toppings you want, whether that be melted butter, or my preference: Tapatío hot sauce.

This is so much easier than when I expected. I thought the only way to make homemade popcorn was either an air popper or on the stove with some oil. This dirties no pans!

Homemade Popcorn

homemade microwave popcorn

DIY Microwaveable Popcorn using just a brown paper bag.


  • 1/4 c popcorn kernels
  • Brown paper bag
  • 1 tbs butter (optional)


  1. Add popcorn kernels to brown paper bag
  2. Fold paper bag closed roughly 3 times.
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes or less (remove when popping slows)


Add butter & salt before popping or after. Additional toppings include: Tapatío sauce if you like.

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