I have fallen in love with popcorn all over again.
I've been making stove-top popcorn for years, but it never occurred to me to air-pop my popcorn at home. While my corn pop-pop-popped in the microwave, I hop-hop-hopped around the kitchen with joy. There's nothing quite like ditching the vegetable oil for thermodynamics to pop your corn.
And make a sweet Easter treat.
Use your microwave -- its faster, healthier, and dish-free.
All you need is a brown paper bag, a few tablespoons of popcorn and three minutes.
Load your paper bag with two tablespoons of popcorn and fold up the edge. Place the bag in the microwave just as you would any other microwave popcorn.
You can't get any more "whole grain" than leveraging thermodynamic properties to explode a kernel of corn into a crunchy snack. The microwaves cause the tiny bit of moisture in the kernel to expand until the little starchy casing ruptures into the crispy goodness we know and love. Stove-top, fireside or in the microwave, the process is all the same. Popcorn is edible science!
But didn't I say something about a sweet Easter treat?
Yes, yes I did. Bunny Bait. The easiest Easter treat you will ever make. Four ingredients.
3-4 cups air-popped popcorn (from about 3-4 tablespoons popcorn)
1 cup mini marshmallows
3/4 cup m&m's speckled eggs (your flavor of choice)
pinch of salt
Pop the corn in the microwave and immediately toss with marshmallows, m&m's and salt in a medium bowl or large zip bag. Enjoy!
The heat from the popcorn softens the mallows and the chocolate and the salt brings the flavors together in perfect harmony. The peanut butter speckled eggs are my favorite, but all the flavors -- milk chocolate, coconut, pretzel -- go well with popcorn and mallows.
Whether or not you catch a bunny, have a blessed Easter!