In recent months, I've been on a homemade popcorn kick. It's one of my favorite snacks, is a healthier alternative to other munchies like potato chips, and it is a whole grain and good source of fiber. With the chemicals used in microwave popcorn having come under scrutiny as "likely carcinogens," a quick and easy batch of homemade popcorn is a tasty and healthier alternative. If I can have a great snack in less than 5 minutes with no added chemicals and know exactly what ingredients I put in, I'd prefer to skip the unneeded chemicals that I can't pronounce! (I don't miss the added fat either!)
If microwave kettle corn is what you crave, there is one quick addition to this recipe that allows you to have delicious homemade kettle corn! When you add the popcorn kernels to the hot oil after your test kernels have popped, pour in the popcorn, then sprinkle 3 tbls. of sugar on top of the kernels, and replace the lid. Pop as usual. I would recommend measuring the 3 tbls. of suger into a little bowl so you can quickly pour it in with the popcorn and get the lid back on before the first kernels start popping! When the popcorn is finished popping, salt as directed above and immediately pour into a bowl. If you let it sit in the hot pan for too long after it has popped, it will caramelize & burn.