You don't have to buy microwave popcorn! I keep a jar of popcorn kernels and a small bottle of fancy olive oil in my office.
Great Snack!! Important Note: For those of you who live in communities that also have bugs (roaches), PLEASE use purchased brown paper bags that come in sealed plastic wrap. Most grocerey stores and markets use chemically treated (pesticides) bags in packing groceries to ward off roachs. You do NOT want to cook you popcorn in these treated bags!!! - 19 Jul 2010 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
OMG - What a great recipe! This is so simple and so easy yet tastes so good! I've tried it with the olive oil (a little melted butter works great too), just watch your microwave times as everyone's microwaves are different. The possibilites are endless in terms of seasonings you can but on top - I've also kept it simple and light and just used butter spray! This is a great snack especially when you just want a little something to munch on... Definitely won't be going back to the pre-packaged stuff, sorry Mr. Redenbacher! - 05 Apr 2011 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Yes, this is less expensive and healthier than the premade microwave popcorn bags and uses less oil than if popping on the stove. With this paper bag method you must be take care with the details & pay attention, in order to get a good final product and for safety. This paper bag method is best for small batches only, 1-2 servings. Use the brown paper lunch bags that come in a pack of 50-100 or so. Fold the 2 open ends together and over 2-3 times, make two little vertical tears in the folded portion, to create a small tab. Fold the tab over and this helps keep the bag closed. Watch the popping carefully the first few times, till you get the hang of the amount of time needed, the power of your microwave, etc. Once the popping slows to near stop, stop cooking immediately or it will burn or could start a fire. Some kernels will remain unpopped. Longer cooking may pop the rest, but will burn some of the already-popped kernels, so it is not recommended. Use caution when opening the finished bag as the hot steam can cause burns. Children should always be supervised by adults for this paper bag cooking method. I pour the popped corn into a bowl, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt, and then mix around. Garlic olive oil and finely grated parmesan cheese is a tasty topping. - 08 Aug 2010 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)