Though I’m posting a holiday gift for my Aunt Jean, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read my (or any other) crafty blog. She’s not into DIY much. Doesn’t cook. Which isn’t a problem for her, she knows how to make reservations and where the best take-out is. But while we were talking snacks over the Thanksgiving holiday, she was telling me about popcorn she’d made for a movie and it wasn’t until she was all comfy and PJ-clad and settled into her movie-watching chair that she realized it was pepper flavored. Which she thought was yeeeeuck. But at the same moment I realized that, just as yeeeeeuck, she was making the microwave popcorn you buy in a store. The kind that can kill you. I had to put a stop to that. Merry Christmas, Aunt Jean, here’s healthier popcorn! Please don’t eat the petrochemical laced stuff anymore, mmmmkay? So this is Aunt Jean’s healthy and still super yummy Microwave Popcorn Kit. And I recommend you make it for people you love too. Because popcorn should be healthy and yummy and not gross. And while this is dangerously close to following a recipe, which Aunt Jean does not do, it’s worth the effort. ‘Cause it’s super yummy. And won’t kill people. Do you have people in your life you’d like to stick around a while? Make them a kit too!
Putting this together is simple and offers lots of customization options. Start with the basics. Download the printable label here.
After printing the label on letter-sized paper, trim it just inside the gray lines. 2 labels will print to a page. The download is free of “Aunt Jean” text so that you can add your own recipient’s name using PicMonkey or a similar program, or you can just use it as is.
Bundle 3-10 paper bags together, wrap the label around and add tape. Fancy tape if you’ve got it. The printable includes the very simple directions– nothing goes in the paper bag but the kernels. After they’re popped, which takes about the same amount of time it would take for the evil kind, you spray or spritz it with olive oil and add salt or flavoring as you like. So easy! So yummy! So not gross!
If you don’t have a 1/4 cup scoop you’re willing to sacrifice, a large condiment cup – the kind dressings are packed in by restaurants – would work.
So simple to put together. And a jar or bag of popcorn will last a lot longer than a box of the evil stuff.
Once you’ve got this down, add salts or flavorings, a pretty bowl or those cutesy popcorn boxes. Or bundle with movies or a Netflix gift subscription or fuzzy comfy movie watching jammies.
Have you already made popcorn this way? If so, share! Back me up, isn’t it yummy?