Looking for an easy and healthy snack to send into your child’s class? Maybe they’re watching a holiday movie or maybe you need an after school snack for home? This one is incredibly quick, has almost no mess, and easy to make for one or many. Place your popcorn in white paper cups you have decorated with eyes, nose, and a mouth to resemble Frosty the Snowman.
To keep things healthy, try making your popcorn on the stove or a homemade microwave version. Our favorite recipes for these versions are below.
Make Perfect Stovetop Popcorn Every time using this method
- ¼ cup coconut oil (or canola)
- ⅔ cup popcorn kernels
- 1½ teaspoons sea salt
- Add the coconut oil and 3 popcorn kernels to a large pot. (I use my Dutch oven.)
- Cover and cook over medium-high heat until all 3 kernels pop.
- Take the three kernels out of the pot.
- Add the rest of the popcorn kernels.
- Cook, shaking the pot occasionally until the popping slows down.
- After about 2 minutes, and the popping has slowed down, take the lid off of the pot. This lets the steam out and keeps the popcorn crisp.
- Pour over the popcorn and sprinkle with salt. Toss until completely coated. You could also do this in a large paper bag.
Paper Bag Popcorn Method:
- Step One: Measure 1/4 cup popcorn kernels into a lunchbox-sized paper bag.
- Step Two: Loosely fold just the very top of the bag over so the kernels don’t spill out.
- Step Three: Microwave until there are more than 3 seconds between popping sounds. (In my 1000-watt microwave, this took 2 minutes and 10 seconds.)
- Step Four: Carefully remove bag and enjoy!
Note: If you want flavored popcorn, toss the kernels in 1 tsp oil, scant 1/8 tsp salt, and desired seasonings—such as cinnamon or garlic powder—before popping.