Easy Microwave Popcorn Trick!

Microwave Popcorn Trick #popcorn

We’ve got a Supermom Secret to share today — you never have to buy microwave popcorn again! Add 1/3 cup popcorn kernels to a brown paper bag, fold the bag over twice then heat in a microwave — folded side down — for 2 minutes. THAT’S IT! Fresh popped popcorn without any fuss, ready for you to flavor as desired or eat completely bare. Use this shortcut to make one of our yummy, flavored popcorn recipes: Caramel Popcorn, Honey Glazed Popcorn, Candy Cane Popcorn or Incredibly Easy Popcorn Balls!

Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn Secret Instructions #popcorn

Speaking of popcorn be sure to check out our summer Movie Night party ideas over at One Charming Party including a free printable popcorn box template!

Free Printable Popcorn Box #popcorn

Here are some more fun popcorn ideas

Easiest Popcorn Ball Recipe at PagingSupermom.com

Caramel Corn on the Cob at PagingSupermom.com

About Aimée

Aimée was a co-founder of Paging Supermom. Although she dreams in pink, she wouldn’t trade her two energetic boys for anything. Between using The Force on surrounding battle droids and flying to infinity and beyond, Aimée enjoys squeezing in some personal creative time. With a background in advertising, marketing and design, she is proud to stay home raising her boys.


62 Responses to Easy Microwave Popcorn Trick!
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  2. Why has this never occured to me before? I wonder if it really works? Oil-free too so healthier :o)

  3. Lynda says:

    Sounds great, this is a must try….

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  5. Tiffany says:

    What a great idea! I’m going to check that out soon. Thanks for the tip!!

  6. Nada says:

    my son has Diabetes Insipidus (kidneys cant consume water) so he is on a very low sodium diet and this works perfectely for him THANKS!

  7. Nancy says:

    OMG!! Super Great Idea, I’m on my way downstairs to try ie out now! Thanks. :)

  8. Bea says:

    This is absolutely fantastic!!!!!

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  10. Kristy says:

    This has never worked for me. When microwave popcorn first appeared 30 years ago I tried this and it didnt work. Still doesn’t work for me. Must be doing it wrong?

  11. We just did this and it worked! It popped almost every kernel too! We sprinkled a little Parmesan on top… I miss the butter taste but its not bad!

  12. Kristi says:

    Is there a specific way that I should fold the bag?

  13. Megan says:

    Totally works! I was so surprised how great this is. I love popcorn and use a air popper at home but it is such a pain to buy bag popcorn. Doing this, I always have kernel corn at home and lunch bags!

  14. Me says:

    I’ve been doing this since college. I promise it works. Getting the timing just right on different microwaves can be tricky, but the brown bag method 100% works.

  15. Jennifer says:

    My microwave has a popcorn button, I use that setting and it comes out perfectly every time. A little pinch of Reese brand popcorn salt (it’s super-fine so it just a little bit is enough for the whole bag)in the bag before popping and it’s snack time!

  16. Heather says:

    Awesome idea, thanks

  17. Lisa W. says:

    I just tried this and it worked fabulously! Thank you so much for this post! I love that I now can make my own plain salt free popcorn whenever I need a quick snack. :)

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  21. Dana says:

    Great idea. I found after 2 minutes, there were a lot of unpooped kernels. I will longer than 2 minutes next time, but it still worked!!!!!!!

  22. Stacey says:

    I have white paper lunch bags. Is that okay to use?

  23. sarah f says:

    Just did it. I’ve been shopping for a popper for months and haven’t been happy with the safety factor. I have never really cared for stove top popping either. This is amazing and so are you. I’m never doing anything but paper bag popcorn again! Thank you thank you thank you. You are my hero.

  24. Gloria says:

    Back in the 70s, when microwave ovens first came out to the public, I worked at a Sears satellite store(we sold appliances and catalog orders only). Popping popcorn in paper bags was one of our selling demos. Surprised people didn’t know about this!

  25. Brandi says:

    Ok I must be doing something really wrong because my bottom on my bag blows out every time please help

  26. Helen says:

    Yes, white bags work just as well as the brown. I just did the experiment with both. After popped, I added popcorn salt and some melted butter, as I am not a fan of air popped. Would be good with a healthy melted coconut oil too! Bye bye Orville :) have a much cheaper way to have my popcorn on a moments notice.

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  28. Phyllis says:

    Works like a charm. Eating a bag RIGHT now! Thanks for sharing.

  29. I’m almost ashamed to admit I never knew about this! And popcorn is one of the favorite snacks in our house!
    Thank you so much for sharing, this is literally LIFE CHANGING! LOL:)

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  32. bad news/preservationist says:

    FYI, While this seems like a good idea it is actually bad for you:( Brown paper bags are made from wood pulp and contain a long list of acids, chemicals and carcinogens. When heated they release all of this into our food where we unknowingly consume it!

  33. OMG this is life changing for a popcorn addict like me! :)

  34. microwaveguru says:

    While it seems like a great idea and work, it is also very vulnerable to fires if the popcorn is overheated. Be very careful! Commercial popcorn bags contain a fire retardant

  35. Becki says:

    I just made this. It worked! And it tastes like REAL popcorn. Healthier too!

  36. Kara says:

    Do not try!!! Mine started on fire in the microwave in less than 10 seconds. Not sure what kind of hoax this was but if I would have walked out of the room our house would have been on fire!

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  38. Lori says:

    Neat idea, but not really safe to be eating food popped in brown bags per the USDA. I used to do this in college, but haven’t tried it in years because I had heard it was unsafe. I found this: But the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service ( http://www.fsis.usda.gov) says never use brown paper bags in the microwave.

    Kathy Bernard, technical information specialist for the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline, says it’s because they “don’t know what (the bags) are made of, what can cook out of them and many are made from recycling.”

    The Popcorn Board supports the USDA stance. The board suggests that folks use a pan with a lid on the stovetop.

  39. Trudy says:

    Just tries this today (4/26/14) and it worked great. I did have to reduce the time to 1 min 40 sec cause 2 made some burn but awesome trick. I will do this again!

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  43. Stacey says:

    Is this gluten free? Someone pinned it under that n I’m curious?

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