I love popcorn. It’s my go to snack of choice. So much so that I have a “movie theater” style popcorn popper, which is awesome, but it’s also a lot of work to clean and setup. However, in researching the “good stuff” for my popcorn, I’ve come across a solution that’s healthier than movie theater style and easier to use.
It begins with the simplicity of microwave popcorn. My favorite brand is PopSecret Homestyle, but that is also one of the few brands of microwave popcorn with transfats still in them. Plus, with the butter and salt, unhealthy is the kindest thing I can say about it. But boy is it good. So I searched for a microwave popcorn popper.
I discovered this item, the Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper. It has a lid, is BPA free, and best of all comes in many different colors. Mine is purple.
You don’t need to use oil with it, which is where the healthy part comes into play. There are a lot of different popcorn oils out there, some of which you can buy at your local Wal*Mart. Don’t do that. Take my advice. (*grins*) I experimented with a lot of them when I was working with my movie theater kettle style popcorn popper, and I found that most of the “popcorn oils” you purchase in the store are just plain old vegetable or other kinds of oils with some yellow or orange coloring. Not too exciting and not conducive to making good tasting popcorn.
I suggest Snappy Pure Coconut Oil. Not only is the Snappy Popcorn Company an Iowa company, and I do like buying “local” whenever possible, but in contrast to the other popcorn oils, this is pure coconut oil and beta carotene, both of which are healthy for you. You can use other coconut oils, and yes, I’ve even purchased some from Wal*Mart, but to me, whether it’s the brand of coconut oil that Snappy uses or the beta carotene, nothing else really tasted right to me.
On the plus side, the Snappy company provides supplies to movie theaters, so if you are trying to get as close to that “movie theater experience” without spending a lot of money, or calories, then this is right on the mark. I also use their brand of popcorn and find that it pops up with fewer unpopped kernels than other brands, both in my kettle-style popcorn popper as well as this microwave one. In fact, the microwave popper has left me less than 10 unpopped kernels in each batch, so it does an excellent job.
Finally, I top my popcorn with a couple of tablespoons of real, unsalted butter. Hey, real butter is pretty healthy and doesn’t have the hydrogonated oils that fake butter does. On top of that I use Frontier’s Cheddar Cheese & Spice Popcorn Seasoning. They’re another Iowa company, so again I’m keeping it “local”. Yes, you do have to buy this seasoning a pound at a time, which will last you a very long time. However this seasoning is also good on baked potatoes and other items that you cook. You can even mix a few tablespoons in with sour cream to make a dip.
This popcorn is my current obsession. When I need a “munchy” snack in the evenings, it’s my go to. Popcorn on its own is healthy, and while the coconut oil and butter add a few calories, at least they’re not hydrogenated or saturated calories that chips or other snacks can bring. I hope you enjoy my popcorn obsession too.