Friday, December 7, 2012

Edible GIfts: Microwave Popcorn Packs

We've talked about this before, I really love microwave popcorn. My mom's Whirly Pop still makes the best popcorn, but this microwave popcorn comes a very close second. This microwave popcorn gives you crunchy, salty popcorn without a pot to clean. No clean up is always a plus, right?

My family loves movies and they're often a part of our Christmas gifts. These packs would be an perfect addition to a movie gift.

The flavor combinations are endless. Go spicy with a pinch of garlic powder and ground cayenne. Get sweet with a sprinkle of sugar for kettle-style popcorn. Make up a double batch and stash a few in your own cupboard or desk at work. Package a pile of these up to share with your neighbors and friends. These are easy on your time and your wallet, so you can always make these last minute.

Microwave Popcorn:
Makes 4 packs

1 cup popcorn kernels
1-2 teaspoons vegetable or canola oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
4 snack-sized zip bags
4 paper bags
card stock or recipe card for directions

Add popcorn kernels to a small bowl and stir oil in one teaspoon at a time, until kernels are just coated. Stir in salt. Divide kernels into the zip bags and tuck into paper bags.

Write directions on card stock or recipe card:

1. Empty contents of zip bag into paper bag
2. Fold edge of bag over twice and lay flat in microwave
3. Microwave on high 2-2 1/2 minutes until popping slows
4. Empty into a bowl and enjoy!

Wrap up your popcorn packs with cellophane or tissue paper and start sharing!