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Do you have a micro-wave pop corn you like?

Asked by Sunny2 (18847points) July 13th, 2011

I’ve tried several microwaved pop corn brands and haven’t really enjoyed any of them. The kernels are small and not particularly tasty. It’s a guess as to timing and I’ve sometimes had scorched kernels. And LOTS of old maids. Any suggestions?

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tedibear's avatar

Pop Secret Homestyle is the only microwave popcorn that I like. It’s not too salty and pops fairly well. What we usually have is Orville Reddenbacher’s regular popcorn made in our popcorn popper. It definitely spoils you!

WestRiverrat's avatar

Fresh from the field still on the cob. put it in a paper bag and pop it.

MilkyWay's avatar

No. Microwave popcorn? Big no-no for me.

lillycoyote's avatar

In the last year or I have started making my popcorn on the top of the stove. It’s tastes so much better, you know what’s in it, no artificial anything, all you need is kernels, oil, a heavy pot and whatever you want to put on the popcorn and it’s really easy to do. The only thing is you have to clean the pot afterwards instead of throwing away a bag but it’s worth it.

MissAusten's avatar

Buy a jar of regular popcorn and some brown paper lunch bags. Put some popcorn, a bit of olive oil, and salt to taste in the paper bag and fold the top down a couple of times. Microwave it until the popping slows down. Super yummy, and much healthier than the prepackaged microwave popcorn.

I usually make popcorn the way @lillycoyote describes though. I use a mix of vegetable oil and butter, salt to taste. Put in a couple of kernels, cover it, and when they pop add the rest of your popcorn. Shake the pot until the popcorn is finished popping (but not longer than three minutes or it will start to burn).

My kids’ favorite:
Cinnamon Sugar Kettle Corn
Yield: 3 quarts

* 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
* ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
* ¼ cup vegetable oil
* ½ cup popcorn kernels
* ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
* ½ teaspoon kosher salt (or table salt)


1. Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl; set aside.
2. In a large pot with a lid, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot, but not smoking. Add popcorn kernels and cover. When kernels begin popping, carefully lift lid and sprinkle in confectioner’s sugar. Replace lid and continue cooking, shaking pot frequently, until popping begins to slow. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Replace lid and continue shaking pot until popping has almost stopped (be careful not to burn). Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.

If you make the kettle corn, I’d suggest adding the conf. sugar WITH the popcorn. If you wait until it starts popping, you’ll get burned by flying popcorn. Then, add the cinnamon sugar when popping is finished, put the lid back on, and give it a good shake. It’s always a bad idea to take the lid off a pot of popping popcorn. ouch

creative1's avatar

I went out and bought at william sonoma an old fashioned pop corn popper that your had when you were a kid and you add a little oil to the bottom put the pop corn in and let it go. So much better than the bag stuff and no worrys about having to keep moving it around on the stove top because it has a little arm in side that does it for you. Its by CuisinArt. I love the thing!!!!

Cruiser's avatar

I used to but when I got one of these hand crank poppers I can’t have any other pop corn! Big time YUM!

dappled_leaves's avatar

Not a fan of the microwaved popcorn… the stuff they use to coat the bag (related to teflon) produces toxic fumes. Yuck. It’s actually really easy to make popcorn over the stove, and not hard to clean after, since your pot is all oiled up. Once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll become an expert and impress all your friends. Different kinds of popcorn and oils will produce different flavours… fun times.

jellyfish3232's avatar

You really shouldn’t eat microwave popcorn. The chemicals that they coat the inside of the bag with can actually cause cancer.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Newman’s Own Organic is our family fav for the microwave. Otherwise, we have a bunch of popcorn vendors in suburbs near ours and we’ll just go buy a fresh bag from one of their wagons.

pcmonkey's avatar

Orville Redenbacher is good. They are all microwavable but they come in plain, caramel, nacho cheese, movie theater butter, lightly salted, lightly buttered, and kettle corn. and they have a line of butters and popcorn seasonings.

AmWiser's avatar

My favorite is Cousin Willie’s Popcorn (all flavors).

Plucky's avatar

No. I have found most of them to be too salty and often waxy ..bleh. It’s probably some of the worst popcorn you could ingest (health-wise). I have tried several types but gave up a couple years ago. These days we airpop ours.

silver_lined_cloud_nine's avatar

USDA Organic Nature’s Valley popcorn! AMAZING! Comes in a brown bag, lightly salted to perfection… a little more pricey than most others – but DEFINITELY worth it! Happy popcorning!

pcmonkey's avatar

I mentioned before that I liked Orville Redenbacher.. And I do. But I recently tried Pop Secret. It was AMAZING. The pieces were so big and fluffy.

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