One of my favorite snacks is homemade popcorn. Of the many salty snacks out there homemade popcorn is one of the healthiest and cheapest. It is quick and simple, taking under 5 minutes to make. For years I have been making it on the stove. But a few months into the pandemic I purchased The Original Popco Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper. This isn't a paid endorsement. Of all the items purchased during the last six months of social distancing everyone in my house agrees this was the best addition to our home. For a healthy snack or dessert, homemade popcorn is our go-to.
There are many different varieties of popcorn. There is White popcorn which as the name indicated pops up a pure white. White popcorn also pops up smaller than yellow popcorn and has no flavor making it ideal for adding seasonings. There are many sub-varieties of white popcorn to choose from. Movie theater popcorn tends to be a yellow snowflake or butterfly kernels. This popcorn has more flavor which some people often describe as slightly "nutty." There is also Mushroom popcorn which is a popular shape of yellow popcorn. It pops into a round popcorn that looks like a mushroom cap. Mushroom popcorn is perfect for caramel corn.
For homemade popcorn I use yellow snowflake popcorn, it's cheap, easy to find and I love the taste. One of the great things about making popcorn in a silicon bowl in the microwave is that you don't need oil, yet it tastes so much better than those old air poppers our mom's had. Most of the time I don't use oil or butter when making my popcorn: just kernels and a dash of salt or other seasonings. But if you want to use oil than olive oil is the healthies. Movie theater popcorn is made with coconut oil and will make popcorn delicious.
AUTHOR: Tessa Wells
PREP TIME: 1 minute
COOK TIME: 2-3 minutes or until popping slows
¼ cups popcorn kernels
½ tsp. oil or butter, for flavor, not needed for popping
⅛ tsp. salt
Put popcorn kernels in the silicone popcorn maker.
Pop for 2-3 minutes or until popping slows down.
Use a kitchen towel or oven mitts to remove from microwave and enjoy!