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Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks of all time. Since it reminds me of happy events, I like to eat it when I need a quick pick-me-up.
Growing up, my mom popped corn in a large covered saucepan. She poured just the right amount of oil, got it hot, and added the corn. After it started popping, she shook it until the popping ended. That meant it was done.
Then I graduated to the old-timey popcorn popper with the little rod that keeps it from sticking. After that, I used the hot air popper. I also tried the different brands of microwave popcorn. While all of it was good, I kept looking for something better.
During my search, I ate every kind of popcorn you can imagine—some from a bag and some that’s home-popped. A little more than a year ago, Costco carried a brand that I couldn’t get enough of. I purchased at least one monster-sized bag every time I went there.
I assumed they would always have it. But then one day, I headed straight for the snack section for my popcorn fix. To my dismay, they no longer carried it. Since that was basically the main reason I was there that time, I decided to figure out the secret. After all, if someone else could make such deliciousness, so could I.
On my way home, I stopped off at a grocery store where I could purchase smaller quantities of popping corn. I picked up several different brands, and all of them were good. However, nothing was as tasty as the one I’d purchased at Costco.
Secret to the Best Popcorn Ever
So I went online and looked up the ingredient list of the brand I liked. And there it was—the secret to the best popcorn ever. To my surprise, it was coconut oil.
Armed with this information, I started cooking the different brands in varying amounts of coconut oil. One thing I discovered was that more was better. Isn’t that often the case? Anyway, I love the buttery flavor of the corn popped in coconut oil.
Amazingly, if you use the right amount of coconut oil, you don’t need butter. Not even a smidge. And you only need a tiny bit of salt. It’s that good.
The true test of how good this tasty treat is was when one of our granddaughters took a bite. Her eyes lit up as she said, “This is so buttery. I love it!”
After you taste this popcorn, you’ll want to serve it any time you have people over for sports parties, reality TV viewing, or just sitting around playing board games. Serve this in addition to the party mix, and your friends will think you’re the most brilliant host in town.
How to Make the Best Popcorn
I’ve resorted to making popcorn the old fashioned way—with a covered saucepan. After all, it’s not what you make it in. It’s more about what you put in it.
Measure a heaping spoon of coconut oil and melt it in the saucepan.
Add your kernels.
Put the lid on the saucepan and wait for the first pop.
Once it starts popping, giggle the pan every few seconds to make sure the not-yet-popped kernels make it to the bottom where the heat is.
After the pops are more than a second or two apart, remove the pan from the heat. Keep the lid on it until the popping stops, or you’ll wind up having to get the broom.
Add salt to taste.
Enjoy your buttery tasting popcorn without having to add any butter.
Frequently Asked Questions About Popcorn
Popcorn is something most of us grew up eating without thinking twice. However, there are some questions you might have.
Is It Safe to Eat Popcorn Everyday?
Popcorn is actually a nutritious snack, as long as you don’t douse it with butter and a double dusting of salt. It takes three cups of it to have one serving of grains.
Is It Healthy to Eat Popcorn?
Yes, it is a healthy snack. It provides a low calorie option that is also high in fiber.
Does Microwave Popcorn Make You Gain Weight?
Many of the microwave options have extra butter, sugar, and other high-calorie ingredients. You’re better off popping it yourself, either in an air popper or using the recipe above.
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- 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of popping corn kernels
- Salt to taste
- Put the coconut oil in a large saucepan and heat it on high.
- Add the popping corn kernels
- Cover the saucepan and wait for the first pop.
- Every few seconds, shake the pan so the un-popped kernels will fall to the bottom.
- When the popping slows down to more than a second apart, remove from heat but keep the lid on the pan.
- After the popping stops, remove the lid and salt to taste.
Serving Size1-1/2 cup popped corn
Amount Per ServingCalories 36 Total Fat 4g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 145mg Carbohydrates 1g Fiber 0g Sugar 0g Protein 0g
More Tasty Snacks
Since most of us associate popcorn with happy times, I decided to share other snacks that do the same thing. These coconut macaroons are delicious, and these peanut butter cookies will melt in your mouth.