How to: Homemade Air Popped Popcorn Using a Paper Bag

How to air pop corn at home paper bag microwave

Growing up, my mom would make us homemade buttered popcorn.  To be more specific, a large, very hot monster of a machine would rifle out popped corn kernels into a bowl strategically placed in line with the launch pad.  The fluffy newborns would then go into a gigantic silver bowl where a whole stick of melted butter and salt would get tossed in.

Greasy fingers, greasy lips and utter deliciousness was the result.

I have been wanting to make air popped corn at home- minus the noisy machine taking up space in my kitchen cabinet.

This is a cool, easy way to pop corn at home without the sound, the theatrics or the mom making you stop when you get carried away with the salt.

Or feel free to go healthy and top with a spritz of olive oil and dried herbs if that’s more your style.  Consider this popcorn your blank canvas and the craving in your belly your paintbrush.

How to make popcorn in a paper bag at home hungrygems

Want to try a rockin’ recipe with your freshly popped corn?

Try out my recipe for No Bake Peanut Butter Popcorn


  • 1/4 C unpopped corn kernels
  • one lunch paper bag


Place the kernels in the bottom of the paper bag.  Keeping the bag upright, sharply crease and fold the top of the bag down twice, making sure the thickness is at least 1/2 inch in the folds.

Place the upright bag into the microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes.  Stop the timer if the bag stops popping prior to the 2 minutes.  Carefully remove bag as it will be hot.  Empty popped corn into a bowl and top with butter, salt or spices or eat plain.  Enjoy!

Process from Alton Brown

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2 Responses to How to: Homemade Air Popped Popcorn Using a Paper Bag

  1. Baker Boonce says:

    Yes! And there was that little bowl on the top of the popper where you would put the butter, and as the machine got hotter and popped the corn, the butter would melt! Love this post :)

  2. hungrygems says:

    Oh yeah! Genius contraption, really.

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