Saturday Snack: Popcorn, but none of that bag nonsense

Cooked up on July 9, 2011

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homemade popcornPopcorn is the simplest and most delicious of snacks. But I’m not talking about that greasy (but OK, sometimes delicious) crap you get at the movies or even out a bag. I’m talking about corn, salt and oil, with whatever topping you decide to put on top (more on that later).

A 30-oz jar of unpopped corn kernels costs $4.39 and will make about 120 cups of popcorn (3.7 cents per cup). A three-bag box of microwave popcorn will cost you $2.79 and will make 30 total cups of popped corn (9.3 cents per cup). So, if you buy the bag,  you’re paying almost triple!

Here’s how you can make the simplest, easiest and healthiest snack ever at home.

You will need:

1/4 cup of unpopped popcorn kernels
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Salt to taste

Put the oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Drop in 3 kernels and put the lid on. Wait until all three kernels have popped and then dump in the rest of the kernels.

It won’t take long before the rest start popping. Remember to shake the pan and lid laterally to make sure the unpopped stuff gets tot he bottom where the action is. It will be done in a matter of minutes.

Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. Season to taste and enjoy!

Here are some of our favorite toppings:
– Truffle oil (do it!)
– Penzey’s English Garden spice mix (parm and herbs)
– Freshly cracked black pepper
– A teensy bit of sugar
– Garlic salt
– Chili powder (you know you wanna…)


After you’ve made yourself once, you won’t go back. It’s just too easy.


  1. Popcorn is my favorite food ever! I have an air popper and buy the kernals in bulk (trust me, I go through them fast!).
    And like you suggested, toppings and spices are endless. So good!

    Comment by valeriepassonno — July 9, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

  2. Thanks Valerie! I’m always on the lookout for new combos to try, so feel free to share your faves! 🙂

    Thanks for reading!

    Comment by rbkhubbard — July 9, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

  3. Thanks for posting this! I usually use a lot more oil, but I’m going to try it your way next time to cut some calories. I like to mix ranch dressing (powder) with chipotle chili powder as a topping. It’s spicy and delicious!

    Comment by Critics in my Kitchen — July 10, 2011 @ 7:20 am

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