Let's start at the beginning... Popcorn was always a staple for me. Even through my college life. There was nothing better than popping (Um, no pun intended...) a little bag into the microwave and then minutes later devouring the wonderful buttery, salty joy. As I would unwrap the popcorn bag from it's sealed plastic packaging, before placing it into the microwave to cook, I used to imagine that there was this “secret ingredient” that the popcorn makers skillfully put into their bags in order for the kernels to pop. I even thought maybe it's the kernels! Special grown microwaveable kernels.
Boy was I wrong.
It's just the stinkin' microvawe! Would you believe that you can pop up beautiful microwave popcorn yourself...with just a bag...and NOTHING else other than the microwave! No butter, no salt. Just a bag! Seriously. Blew my mind. I swear it's like one of the nation's best kept secrets since aliens starting visiting our planet... (I'm just teasing, I don't believe in aliens or their visitations.) But seriously. Super cool you can pop corn without a stove or hot air popper.
Now, as I often like to do, I want to educate you just a little about why this next recipe is super important. It's not just a great concept but it's one that you should highly consider switching too if you're still using store bought popcorn.
There are some super great articles on it that I want you to read but basically most store bought microwaveable popcorn brands put a chemical into their popcorn bags that is linked to cancer and infertility to name a few! There's also the factor of the word “natural flavors” which can mean anything that once came from nature-which isn't bad itself but under FDA law...even if it's a chemical created by man from an ingredient that once came from nature it can be labeled “natural.”
Don't believe me?
Bottom line, if you have to use a microwave to cook your popcorn, make it from scratch!
Know what's being put into your food, use simple ingredients and when possible, make it yourself. It will be A LOT healthier for you! Enjoy ;)