National Popcorn Day!
Popcorn is, hands down, one of our favorite snacks. Not only is it a delicious whole grain, but for many of us, it also provides a sweet nostalgia of time with family and friends over movie and game nights. Unfortunately, the butter, oil, and salt-laden kernels a lot of us remember are not such a healthy snacking choice. This doesn’t stop us from eating it on a near-weekly basis. We just lightened (and cheapened!) it up with our brown bag and homemade seasoning.
First of all, your favorite, convenient snack does not need to come from a pre-packaged microwavable popcorn bag. In fact, you likely have all of the materials you need to make your own microwavable popcorn in your cupboard right now (especially since the holidays are through and you likely have lots of Scotch tape hanging around). The first time we saw this done, we thought for sure the person would catch the microwave on fire. To our surprise, the popcorn came out perfectly, and presented itself as a blank canvas to season as we wished.
In our video, you can see we used a pizza flavored inspiration, but there are plenty of other ideas. Here are some additional tips to get you started in creating the perfect popcorn masterpiece, but we know you’ll come up with something equally delicious:
Use infused oils, such as rosemary or garlic olive oil to add additional flavor
Try different types of oils to change the flavor. We’ve had truffle oil on our kernels and think it is genius.
Southwest Popcorn: chili powder, cumin, and a sprinkle of cayenne
Parmesan and Garlic Powder
Ranch Popcorn: Sprinkle on a ranch seasoning powder. Look for ones with a lower sodium content.
Cinnamon Sugar: a little bit can go a long way in the flavor department
Mexican Chocolate: cocoa powder, cinnamon, and a bit of cayenne
The best part of all this? Not only do you have control over what is going in your snack, it is easy, delicious, and inexpensive. What more could you ask for?
The Zesty One
- 1 brown paper lunch bag
- 2-3 pieces of tape
- 2-3 Tbsp. popcorn kernels (enough to cover the bottom of your bag)
- 1.5 Tbsp. olive oil
- ¼ tsp (or a couple pinches) of paprika
- 1.5 tsp. italian seasoning
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- 2 Tbsp. parmesan cheese
- Cover bottom of bag with a single layer of popcorn kernels and tape bag shut.
- Microwave on high for 1:30 to 2:30 minutes, until you hear kernels popping 1-2 seconds apart.
- Open bag and add remaining ingredients. Close and shake until well combined.
- Use infused oils, such as rosemary or garlic olive oil to add additional flavor
- Try different types of oils to change the flavor. We’ve had truffle oil on our kernels and think it is genius.
- Southwest Popcorn: chili powder, cumin, and a sprinkle of cayenne
- Parmesan and Garlic Powder
- Ranch Popcorn: Sprinkle on a ranch seasoning powder. Look for ones with a lower sodium content.
- Cinnamon Sugar: a little bit can go a long way in the flavor department
- Mexican Chocolate: cocoa powder, cinnamon, and a bit of cayenne