College Style Cooking / Snacks

Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

Popcorn without the added calories

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Movie nights with friends in the dorm are great. Your surrounded by friends, the sound is being blasted from a pair of cheap computer speakers, and there are snacks! Popcorn is of course a staple of these nights. While a bag of buttered Act II popcorn will not instantly kill you, why not save a few calories and eat some fresh-popped popcorn? Now I know what you’re thinking that plain popcorn is, well plain, but in this post I will give you a few ideas to boost the flavor. 

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For this project, you only need a brown paper bag and a quarter cup of popcorn. 

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Open the bag and put the popcorn inside then fold the bag flat again. Roll the open side of the bag over 2-3 times. Then put the popcorn into the microwave for about  1 minute 20 seconds or until all the popcorn has been popped. 

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Open the bag and you have popped popcorn. AMAZING! I like the popcorn plain, but next I will give you some flavoring suggestions. 

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To flavor your popcorn, fill a Ziploc or similar container about 3/4 of the way full. Next you need to decide on a flavor. My favorite is hot wing sauce, but lime and chili or Pam and seasoning salt work well too. Whichever option you choose, liberally sprinkle/spray the hot sauce, lime juice, or Pam. Cover the container and shake until all the popcorn is coated. Then sprinkle in the chili powder or seasoning salt and cover and shake again.

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Open the container and enjoy! 


  • 1/4 c Popcorn
  • Your choice of flavorings


  1. Fill a brown paper bag with the popcorn
  2. Make the paper bag lie flat
  3. Roll the open side of the bag over 2-3 times
  4. Microwave the popcorn for 1:20 min or until all the kernels are popped
  5. Flavor with your choice of seasonings

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