How to Make Tasty, Healthy Popcorn – Happy National Popcorn Day!

Yes, this is the big Travel Case reveal!

In the Dinner on the Train Tablescape post the other day, I promised to share what’s inside the travel case.  Are you ready?

Popcorn Secrets

After reading today’s post title, I’m sure you already know what it is.  Ha!

Happy National Popcorn Day! 🙂

Popcorn Secrets

Of course, we want popcorn when riding on a train!  You can’t really have fresh, tasty popcorn made from home taken with you on a train, but you can have tasty, fresh-popped corn at home and pretend  you’re on a train.  Right?

Is that a stretch?  Work with me here!

While HH loves the packaged powdery-butter-junk-ewe-riddled-with-unhealthiness version, I love to pop corn from natural kernels (so cheap from Wal-Mart) in coconut oil.  To each his or her own, right?

ow to Make Fresh Popcorn

This is guilt-free popcorn, right here!

I typically pop one half cup of corn kernels in one teaspoon of coconut oil, salt it liberally, and enjoy every single bite.

I wish you could smell the popcorn I just popped!  While writing this post, my mouth started salivating for the popcorn I was writing about.  I now sit here at my table eating popcorn from a huge bowl while I finish writing this post.  That’s my kind of writing, right there!

What’s your favorite way to make popcorn?

Over the years, I tried many types of poppers, struggling to find one I liked.  Finally, I discovered this little treasure.

How to Make Fresh Popcorn

If you’re interested in trying this popper, you can get one from Amazon*.  (I’m required to tell you that if you order using this link, I’ll get a tiny commission.)

You simply load the oil and popcorn into it.

How to Make Fresh Popcorn

Keep the handle turning while it heats quickly on high.

How to Make Fresh Popcorn

Pop and dump quickly to avoid burnt or chewy popcorn.  (My gas stove takes about thirty seconds to pop.)

How to Make Fresh Popcorn

To serve in a travel case (or something else that might not be exactly sanitary), make a cone with parchment paper.  Use staples.  Tape doesn’t stick.

Making Paper Cone

Just for fun, and because this is My Self-Proclaimed CHOCOLATE MONTH, I sprinkled M-n-M™ candies on top.    (Our kids loved this special treat when they were young.  (Their mom did, too.  Wink.)

Popcorn Surprise

The candies sink to the bottom easily.  The moral to that story is to eat carefully, or you’ll eat the healthy stuff first…dessert last.  😉

Popcorn Surprise

So much for healthy popcorn!  Ha!  Stay tuned tomorrow for the other treat on my Dinner on the Train Tablescape – the cookies.  Your’re gonna love it!

Dinner on the Train Tablescape

Dinner on the Train Tablescape

Do you like the mixture of sweet and salty?

Blessings~

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Comments

  1. robin says

    Back in the day BEFORE (unhealthy) microwave popcorn we used an air popper….growing up.
    Before that was jiffy pop. I used to love watching it. LOL
    We did buy an air popper a little while back but have not even used it…yet. Why?
    We are lazy. LOL I guess everybody is waiting for somebody else to make the popcorn. HA!
    It takes no effort to throw a pack of popcorn into the microwave. But since we now know that the stuff in the packaging are not healthy, we don’t buy it.

    BUT NOW….I’m going to get the popper out. (I do like your pot and am going to go look at it.)
    We may just be having popcorn sometime in the next few days!!!

    I do like the MnMs in it…anything with chocolate is good, right? LOL
    Speaking of chocolate…I saw the new Reese’s commercial….they put Reese’s Pieces in the Reese’s cup! WHAT!? Just shoot me why dontcha! LOL!

    • says

      I had an air popper once, but it made popcorn that tasted like NOTHING. No salt would stick to it. I hope you find success with yours, but if you don’t, I highly recommend the one I use. You’ll be set for life! 🙂 Hey, speaking of the Reese’s creation, I found something new at Wal-Mart yesterday…red velvet Kit Kats! I nearly went on Facebook LIVE to share my joy over the discovery. After tasting, they’re good, but the more you eat, the more you don’t want any more. Diet score! Happy corn popping!

      • robin says

        “The more you eat the more you don’t want anymore”
        That is way funny!
        Oh, I changed my email addy and re-subscribed under that one. I unsubscribed from the old one. I am just preparing for when we find a new internet provider and ditch Xfinity altogether. (I’m going to have a Bon Vogage party! ha!) It’s gonna take some time for me to get all my info transferred over to the gmail addy. I’m doing a little at a time. Day by day.

        But somehow I managed to comment with the old email. I have no idea how that happened. I’m slippin! HA! I’m confusing myself over here with 2 email addys. LOL

        • says

          I know the way I worded that sounds strange, but that’s exactly what I meant. Except tonight, we got into the bag again. It took both of us more candies to “not want anymore”. Ha! I can’t wait for the bag to be empty!!! As far as email, now’s your chance to let a few disappear without notice. I’m so glad you decided to enroll your new email address. 🙂 What would we ever do without Robin?

  2. Lyn says

    Kim, as a child growing up we made popcorn every Friday night and played board games. Now back then we made our popcorn in the fireplace. I was too young to be involved in that part of it but I remember loving that popcorn. Today I still enjoy eating popcorn and have learned to make it differently than when I was young. I put oil into a pan on the stove and add my popcorn…turn the burner on and when it starts popping really hard I turn down the burner and when the popping slows down I turn it off. When it has stopped popping I open it up and put into bowls and enjoy! There are not old maids and nothing is burned. Thanks for sharing! This is definitely one of my comfort foods.

    • says

      You are really good at stove-top popcorn then! I tried it several times and burned it every time. I used heavy stainless steel water-less cookware. What else could I need? Oh, well, I found a wonderful solution in the end. I’m glad you shared how you make your popcorn. Thanks!

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