How to Make Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave

If you want to know the easiest way to make popcorn then you have to learn how to make popcorn in a brown paper bag in the microwave.

It is so simple!

How to Make Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave

A good friend taught me this method a while ago and I love it, no need to get chemical and preservative filled store-bought microwave popcorn bags anymore. I even have a fancy popcorn machine that is collecting dust somewhere in the garage now.

How to Make Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave

O.k., and all you need is some popcorn kernels, a microwave, and a brown paper lunch bag! Easy!

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Making Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels
  • (optional) 1 tbsp butter and a pinch of salt
  • 1 lunchbox-sized brown paper bag

Directions:

  • Measure 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels and put them inside the brown paper bag.
  • Fold the top of the bag over a few times to seal it. Ensure the bag is sealed properly to avoid the kernels spilling out when popping.
  • Now put the bag in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until you hear the popping slowing down. Timing depends on your microwave so be sure to watch the whole time when microwaving your popcorn. If you leave it for too long you risk the paper bag catching on fire. I've made popcorn regularly using this method and I've never had it happen but I have always been watching and stop the microwave as soon as the popping slows.
  • Wait for the popping to stop completely, open the bag carefully and serve.
  • (Optional) Top with melted butter and salt.

ENJOY

Have you ever made popcorn using a brown paper bag in your microwave? What’s your favourite popcorn seasoning?

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21 responses to “How to Make Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave”

  1. Nicole Precourt — September 28, 2017 @ 8:48 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing, I had no idea you could use a brown paper bag.

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  2. Adrienna — September 28, 2017 @ 9:05 pm (#)

    My two love the Kernels Dill Pickle seasoning. A dash of that with some butter….very tasty.

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  3. loriag — September 29, 2017 @ 5:11 am (#)

    Funny this is old school popcorn making like we did when microwaves first came out.

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  4. kathy d — September 29, 2017 @ 5:58 am (#)

    Thanks,that’s a neat tip!

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  5. Anita D. — September 29, 2017 @ 1:44 pm (#)

    Neat! This must be sooo much healthier then the packaged microwave popcorn.

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  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 29, 2017 @ 7:54 pm (#)

    Thanks for this recipe, I’ve just sent it to my daughter, her family eats popcorn regularly. 🙂

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  7. Tannis W — September 30, 2017 @ 8:21 pm (#)

    Looks like a great idea, and quick snack. A much healthier alternative to the store bought microwave popcorn.

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  8. kristen visser — October 2, 2017 @ 8:32 am (#)

    fantabulous ! i have popcorn often (every weekend) it is my go to when the kids go to bed and i wanna enjoy a chick flick. i have never made my own tho! totally trying this.

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  9. Krista Embertson — October 12, 2017 @ 7:40 pm (#)

    I had no idea this was so easy!

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  10. Stephanie LaPlante — October 16, 2017 @ 6:19 am (#)

    Oh I’m definitely trying this. We love our popcorn.

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  11. Calvin F. — October 25, 2017 @ 10:28 am (#)

    I been doing this for a few years now, always works well! Don’t overcook though

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  12. Erin N — November 19, 2017 @ 1:23 pm (#)

    Great idea! I didn’t know about this method.. So much better than the store-bought stuff full of junk! Thank you

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  13. Mishelle — November 19, 2017 @ 1:24 pm (#)

    I always forget that it’s just this easy! Thanks for reminding me! I have 2 bags left to use in the box then I will start on it this way – no chemicals! WHooohoo!!

    M

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  14. Nicole A — November 30, 2017 @ 9:28 pm (#)

    Who knew this was possible? And a fun activity to try this weekend!

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  15. Mike Gismondi — November 30, 2017 @ 10:31 pm (#)

    This sounds really cool… I’m going to need a brown paper bag. A BIG one.

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  16. janine a — January 3, 2018 @ 7:48 am (#)

    this is an awesome idea, will have to try next movie night with my little guy!

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  17. sarah — January 14, 2018 @ 10:52 am (#)

    I didn’t know this was possible! What a great alternative to other microwaveable popcorn, and something my daughter would enjoy helping with. 🙂

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  18. Shirley — January 16, 2018 @ 7:44 am (#)

    I will have to try this

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  19. Debbie White Beattie — January 28, 2018 @ 6:14 pm (#)

    This looks really good and I haven’t homemade popcorn in a long time which is bad because it tastes really good and it’s a healthier option for a snack

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  20. Kim Tanti — May 29, 2018 @ 7:41 am (#)

    This is great to know. I usually break out the large pot for the popcorn then a dis for melting the butter and a batch of dishes. YUCK I do not have a dishwasher to hid them in so I have more dishes to was before I can go to bed. I hate to wake up to a mess.

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  21. Bruce L. — June 2, 2018 @ 3:18 pm (#)

    This sounds so easy compared to the way my wife does it, she likes using Coconut Oil and a big popcorn pop with the stirring wand. It’s a real pain in the butt to clean all the time though. I think I will try this and see if she can be convinced.

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