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How to make real microwave popcorn in a paper bag

By October 29, 2014October 17th, 2015Recipes, Side Dish

Did you know that you can make microwave popcorn with unpopped popcorn kernels and a paper bag?!  You can, and it’s so easy!  Here’s everything you need to know to make some of your own…

How to Make Real Microwave Popcorn in a Paper Bag

Our new house has an awesome addition in the back and we furnished it with a sectional sofa and flat screen TV.  Perfect for Friday night movies with my girls!

We recently starting making our own popcorn and it’s delicious.  Add some unpopped popcorn kernels to a brown paper lunch bag and microwave into fresh, crunchy goodness.  The store-bought fake stuff can’t complete with my homemade toppings (like real melted butter!).

Here are three reasons why you need to make your own microwave popcorn asap:

  1. It’s cheap. (This homemade stuff only costs pennies per bag!)
  2. It’s super easy to make!
  3. You’ll know exactly what’s inside the bag.

Let’s get popping!

How to Make Real Microwave Popcorn in a Paper Bag

Yields: About 7 cups of popcorn


  • 1/3 cup unpopped popcorn kernels (where to buy)
  • Brown paper lunch bag


  1. Add the kernels to the paper bag and roll down the top of the bag.
  2. Place in microwave and cook for 2 minutes or until the “popping” sound starts to slow.
  3. Add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

We like to top our popcorn with melted butter and salt, but you can also eat it plain or add sugar for a sweet taste.  Experiment, and have fun!

Thoughts or questions?  Leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you!

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Julie Pullum
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Will be trying this at the weekend


Have you tried popping it with the butter already on it. I love having melted butter on my popcorn, however, my family don’t like their popcorn soggy by the hot butter.
Thanks for this idea. We ready A LOT of popcorn in our house.


I have done this for years. I throw on after popping; garlic powder and spray butter and salt. I separate a small bowl for my dog because I only want her to have it plain.


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You say roll the bag, before or after popping? And won’t it pop out?


I was told that paper bags have metal fibers running thru them and to NOT do this, true?