So I won’t even attempt to argue with the fact that bagged pre-popped popcorn or even microwavable popcorn is both delicious and convenient.
However I can argue that it is not healthy for you…even if the box says it is! BOXES LIE! :)
Not only are most bagged popcorn’s laden with preservatives, MSG, hydrogenated oils, and artificial flavorings, but the bags themselves contain a carcinogenic (meaning known to be cancer causing) substance called PFOA. It is the same substance found in non-stick pans made with Teflon. The PFOA in popcorn bags and others items (including most ‘made-for-the-microwave’ foods) repel the oil inside the bag and create a non stick surface, much like a pan would.
SO…all of that said to say: We make our own popcorn ’round these parts. And boy is it delicious! AND SO EASY!
Here’s my new favorite recipe:
Homemade White Cheddar Popcorn
1/3 cup plain popping corn
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 Tbsp. butter (can sub all butter if you don’t have coconut oil)
1/2 tsp salt and additional for shaking on later
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (I like the powdered kind for this)
sprinkle of garlic powder
In a larger sauce pan or medium soup pan heat oil and butter until slightly simmering over medium high heat. Pour in popping corn. Wait 30 seconds or so and sprinkle in 1/2 tsp. salt and a bit of garlic powder. Cover with a lid. Turn the heat down to a little above medium. Wait for the popping to start. It will pop vigorously for a minute or two. When it slows down significantly to around 1 pop every 5-10 seconds, remove from heat. Have a large bowl and parmesan cheese ready. Pour the hot popped corn into the bowl and immediately sprinkle cheese over the corn tossing with your hand to evenly coat. Use a salt shaker to add any more salt to taste. Then enjoy as a mid afternoon snack, a treat with a good movie, or a fun light lunch.
I am telling you it is SO good. You will want to have extra ingredients on hand so you can make some more as soon as its gone…SO GOOD!
From our home to yours, enjoy! Let me know if you try it!