DIY Microwave Popcorn

Make DIY Microwave Popcorn with the kids! It’s delicious and far healthier than the store microwave popcorn bags!

There have been reports on the harmful effects of microwave popcorn. The the most harmful effects come from the packaging and the chemicals in the “butter” and seasoning.

We still LOVE popcorn in this house and love the convenience that the microwave gives, including in making a quick, healthy, tasty snack.

DIY Microwave Popcorn

This is a super simple and smart way to make microwave popcorn. 



  1. Place ingredients in bag.
  2. Fold top over and place on side in microwave.
  3. Cook times vary by microwave, mine took 2 minutes.

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This DIY Microwave Popcorn is a simple recipe that the entire family can make and enjoy together. Note that I recommend a WHITE paper bag instead of the brown one I have in the picture, based on FDA regulations. You can purchase white paper bags that are perfect for this cooking activity and loads of crafts on Amazon.

Be sure to PIN the photo below to your snack board so you’ll later remember how to make it!

DIY Microwave Popcorn

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31 thoughts on “DIY Microwave Popcorn

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      1. True, but the photographs show brown paper bags. This would make me think it makes little difference. Thanks for posting the cautious comment, Pam!

    1. I have done it with less butter (margarine) but not without any. I also recently did it with parchment paper. I made a sack of sorts and put the margarine and kernels in there and it worked out great. Will share a post on that soon!

  2. I use a brown paper bag (had no idea the brown is not recommended for microwave use),
    add the popcorn only, Use the popcorn setting. When the popcorn is finished, add spray butter or butter flavored spray and a sprinkle of salt. Easy, quick, healthy, and clean.

  3. Isn’t there microwave safe bowls with a lid that you just lay on top that could be used, therefore saving money and less waste?

  4. Just tried it and it was delicious! Nice to have healthy popcorn withOUT the chemicals! Could not find white bags so got brown and it was fine!

  5. i do the same thing without any bag. Pit 1/4 cup kernels in bottom of pyrex bowl. And pop on high 6 to 10 mins depending on mic. Put corn in a different bow and add butter and salt. Its more cost effective for me than buying bags

  6. DIY popcorn is certainly much better than the one you can buy ready-made.

    But what about the harmful effects of microwave at all?
    And white paper bag? That is bleached, why is it better than brown paper?
    Margarine? A highly processed oil with emulsifier, colorants and other artificial ingredients.

    When I was recovering from cancer, my doctor told me 3 things NEVER to eat: microwaved food, margarine and artificial sweeteners.

    Good, old stovetop popping, it’s terribly simple, fun to watch and doesn’t make any mess.

    1. Yes, I agree stovetop popping is the best – over the fire, even better. The white paper is better than the brown paper bag because the USDA lists “brown paper bags and newspapers” under their “not safe to use in the microwave” section.

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