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POPCORN ANYONE??? [moved from Washington, DC &Baltimore board]

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Okay--if you love popcorn--as I do, what are your favorite brands- types (meaning microwaved--"old fasioned" popeed--or store bought).

I liek Pop Secret microwaved over the other brands. It really puffs up nicely and the brand offers options for different types--"movie butter"--Low salt, etc.

I absolutely love the Smartfood cheese popcorn that is in the individual bags. This stuff is so good and "healthy."

Once in a while I buy (only for looking back on my childhood) Jiffypop--cooked onto of the stove. It is fun and great for kids. I used to love to heat a big cookpot with oil and after the oil heated dump in some Orville Redenbacher kernels. Loved to hear the sizzle then pop and watch th pan's lid lift up as the kernels expanded.

Do you top your popcorn with anything more then salt and butter? If I am really being decandent and throwing health cautions to the wind--melted butter and grated Parmasean cheese. Melted butter and powdered mustard (just a touch). Friends of mine sprinkle Old Bay on the buttered popcorn.

Sometimes I'll do a sweet version--melted caraamel (from Smucker's jar). It's a killer but so good and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

Looking for so new ideas. I know I won't be disappointed. FoiGras

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  1. The microwave popcorn in bags from the store have too many chemicals for me so I just put about 2 or 3 TBSP organic yellow popping corn into a paper lunch bag, fold it closed and microwave for about 2 minutes...then I add a little melted butter and YES to the Old Bay Seasoning...that's my favorite right now like your friends also enjoy. *Have also enjoyed chili powder on my popcorn*

    1. OK: Pop Weaver Extra Butter microwave popcorn
      Good: Orville Redenbacher's Original Gourmet Popping Corn (popped on the stovetop in coconut oil, drizzled with melted butter and sprinkled with popcorn salt)
      Better: Naks Paks (Weaver Gold Popcorn mixed with Flavacol and red coconut oil in a single package)
      Best: Weaver Gold Popcorn (popped on the stovetop in red coconut oil, drizzled with clarified melted butter and sprinkled with Flavacol)

      1. Can't stand the odor of microwave popcorn and won't eat it. Recently bought a Whirly Pop at BB & B for about $20. It makes fantastic stovetop popcorn in about 4 minutes flat. Use Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn & Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. We like a bit of sweetness, so to make Kettle Corn, after the first 3 test kernels pop, we throw in 1/2 cup of the popcorn with 3 Tablespoons of granulated sugar and stir non stop until the corn is popped. We don't add butter, just a few sprinkles of Trader Joe's Sea Salt. It makes a huge bowl of popcorn and never any left over. This is my absolute favorite popcorn.

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          1. re: 4X4

            That's interesting. It's just the basic stovetop ratio of 3 tablespoons fat to 1/2 cup of popcorn, but in a mixing bowl. I suppose it cuts down on dishes.

            Personally, I just put the fat - usually a bit over 2 tablespoons of peanut oil and 1 tablespoon of butter - in a heavy bottomed pot, add 1/2 cup of corn, cover with the lid just barely ajar, and set it above a slightly-below-high heat. It pops away while I wait and I give the pot a shake when the popping almost stops. Then, I pour it into a metal mixing bowl . . . .

            Can't say if it matters much what brand of corn I use. It always seemed to me that so long as it hasn't been around getting stale too long it's pretty tasty.

            As for microwaved popcorn, I just won't eat it. It always had a funky quality to it that I couldn't quite embrace. In fact, I didn't eat popcorn for several years, outside of movie theaters, until I mastered the stovetop pop. Then again, for the most part, my microwave is really just in the kitchen to melt cheese on a plate when I'm drunk.

            1. re: 4X4

              I'll second that. And b l e a h to microwave popcorn...although I also like Alton's bag technique: 1:tablespoon of peanut oil in a paper bag (i know, I know, just work quickly!) 1/4 cup popcorn (I usually use Orville's) a few shakes of sea salt, and then microwave on high (for my machine, 2 mins). Comes out awesome