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National Popcorn Day

Today is National Popcorn Day, which may not sound very exciting to you, but it has my girls “exploding” with happiness.   My girls both LOVE popcorn and before we discovered how to pop it in a paper bag, we almost went broke buying microwave popcorn. I’m happy to share our microwave popcorn recipe with you today:

  1. Place ¼ cup popcorn in a paper lunch bag. Fold the top of the bag over twice. (Maybe three times if you have the larger size lunch bags).
  2. Put two staples through fold at least two inches apart.
  3. Microwave on high for at least two minutes. You may have to play around with the time a little. If your microwave has a “popcorn” button, try that, but listen for when the popping slows down.
  4. When it’s done, carefully open the bag, watching for the steam, and into a bowl. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

 

Although both girls love popcorn, of course they can’t agree on which toppings taste best. It is Presley’s “go to” snack and I swear she would eat it everyday if we let her. She likes hers best with butter flavored cooking spray and Nacho Cheese flavored popcorn topping. She would use half the bottle of popcorn topping on one batch of popcorn if I let her. Her profuse use of “Nacho Cheese” made me start to worry about all the artificial flavors and colors in it, so it has become a “sometimes” snack. I’m happy to say that it has been replaced with a little butter and salt. When she eats it this way, I consider it to be a healthy snack: whole grain, no preservatives, no additives, no artificial flavors or colors. Score one for mom!

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Peyton, on the other hand, prefers kettle corn and we have perfected a recipe for that as well:

  1. Mix together in a small bowl:
  • 1/4 cup popcorn
  • 1T sugar
  • 1/4t popcorn salt
  • 2t vegetable oil
  1. Pour everything into a small brown paper bag.
  2. Fold the top of the bag over twice. (Maybe three times if you have the larger size lunch bags). Put two staples through fold at least two inches apart.
  3. Microwave on high for at least two minutes. You may have to play around with the time a little. If your microwave has a “popcorn” button, try that, but listen for when the popping slows down.
  4. When it’s done, carefully open the bag, watching for the steam, and dump into a bowl. The bag will be an oily mess, so you don’t want to eat out of it. Enjoy!
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