I used to get the microwaveable popcorn (movie style) and Sonshine loved these. Me too. We used to fight over who gets more popcorn. And of course, Sonshine would win all the time 😉 .
Then I became more aware of the ingredients in the "microwaveable" popcorn. I could not even pronounce some of the ingredients - when I read the ingredient list, I felt like I was back in my 12th grade chemistry lab.
After my enlightenment, we went through a phase of "no popcorn". Sonshine missed his popcorn snack and I started hearing dialogues like " Today my friend brought popcorn as snack to school" OR at the grocery store.... "Ma, please please please buy some pop corn". I stood my ground... I am not paying for fancy chemicals. If mamma can't pronounce it, we don't eat it. (That's why we don't eat french food ;))
That is when I found this article. I tried, and I got absolutely gorgeous popped corn kernels. Yum!!!
Well... Not so yum!!
After having eaten the movie style popcorn, how good can bland microwave popped popcorn be? I had to figure out a way to add salt, to make it a bit more tasty. I tried sprinkling salt. It did not work at all. Finally, I figured it out. (that's why I have a post dedicated to the evolution of popcorn)
One day we went to the local Ace Hardware store and they offer free freshly popped popcorn (in these contraptions) to their customers. And guess what? Sonshine loves going to the Ace Hardware store. I must say, the smell of freshly popped corn kernels is definitely an inspiration to go to the store, even for yours truly.
Next time I made popcorn, Sonshine says "Ma... the pop corn tastes good, but they are not as colorful as the one we get at Ace Hardware". That's when mamma started thinking about some natural food colors and the first thing that 'popped' into my mind was turmeric.
Now Sonshine is happy that he gets colorful popcorn and so is his mamma :).
The kernels popped using this recipe are not very greasy or salty. They are subtly salty and are colorful. Enjoy the pop pop pop sounds and the aroma of the freshly popped kernels when you are making these!!! Then sit back and enjoy your snack, movie style!
Edit ( 7/15/2015) : Instead of using oil, you can also soak the corn kernels in water for about 15 minutes and then pop it in the microwave as given in the recipe. Drain the water completely before mixing salt and turmeric. If you are going with the soaking method, preparation time will be more.
- ¼ cup Corn Kernels
- 1 tsp Canola oil
- ½ tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Turmeric
- In a small bowl, mix corn kernels, salt, oil and turmeric.
- Transfer it to a brown bag and fold the bag over twice (each fold about an inch wide). Close the bag tightly, but do not seal it.
- "Pop" the brown bag into the microwave and microwave for 2 minutes. When the popping slows down, you can stop microwaving.
- Transfer to bowl, and enjoy your snack.