We eat a lot of popcorn in this house for snacks. The boys like it when I pop it on top of the stove, so much so they refer to it as "movie theater popcorn". However, there are those times when they want to pop it themselves. I don't really want them messing with hot oil on the stove though, and while they will gleefully stand there and shake the pan it's not like doing it "all" by themselves. Now, I know microwave popcorn isn't a new thing, I really do. However, microwave popcorn in my neck of the woods leaves much to be desired. Not only is there a punch of ick in there with the kernels and oil, but it doesn't pop very well. As in, it only half pops unless we burn the contents of the bag. So, on occasion we make it ourselves...
Drop 1 tsp of coconut oil (we kinda heap it) into a brown paper bag. Excuse my grainy picture there..
Add 3 Tablespoons of popping corn to the bag, & fold the bag over twice.
(We use organic and it pops up a lot better then ordinary popping corn.)
Then set the microwave for about 2 minutes, listen for the popping, when it slows down remove it. I often set our's for 3 minutes and stand by. When the kids make it on their own I recommend they set it between the 2 & 3.
Remove carefully from the microwave, bag can be hot. You can use the above picture to guide you in folding your bag over. You don't want to fold it over too far or you may not leave enough room for the corn to pop!