Paper Bag Popcorn has totally changed my life! That may sound a bit dramatic, but when I think back to how much money I’ve spent over the years on microwave popcorn that comes only 3 packs to a box I’m sure it would be a hefty number.

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I grew up with a mother who had a big bowl of popcorn waiting for my brother and I after school every day as our snack while we did homework and watch TV. To this day popcorn is one of my favorite snack foods no matter the time of day. While I love popcorn made in a pot over the stove, there are days I don’t have the time and resist cleaning yet another pot, so I reach for the pre-packaged variety in the box.

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My husband, who I lovingly refer to as the food police came across an article pointing out the fact that microwave popcorn bags have BPA in the lining of the microwave bags, so I started making this version. This paper bag popcorn recipe couldn’t be any easier to make and is really fun too. Watch this paper bag popcorn video to learn my quick tips for popcorn perfection.

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Every bag you pop costs just pennies, you can use organic popcorn kernels to make it GMO free and it takes no extra hydrogenated oils. The best part for me, though, is that there’s no clean up. Just pop it up, serve your fluffy popcorn in a paper bag, shake in any topping you love like nutritional yeast, butter or honey and cinnamon and you’re ready to go!

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Paper Bag Popcorn

4.84 from 6 votes
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 1/4 cup organic popcorn kernels
  • 1 brown paper lunch bag


  • Place the popcorn kernels in the paper bag. Fold down just the top of the brown bag and place in the microwave.
  • Cook for 2 to 2 ½ minutes.
  • When the popping slows down remove from the microwave and pour into a bowl.
  • Sprinkle with a little salt, a drizzle of butter or whatever you like on your popcorn.
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Send to Tim Ebersole 130 Bethlehem CT Hagerstown Md 21740.Send me popcorn!I love popcorn.Tim.Ebersolle

  2. I love free food!I am like a chipmunk!I would bark for nuts!Tim Ebersole 130 Bethlehem CT.Hagerstown.Md 21740

  3. I love eating free. I love all the popcorn I got!I am like a chipmunk!Tim Ebersole 130 Bethlehem CT.Hagerstown and 21740.

  4. I love eating free. I love all the popcorn I got!I am like a chipmunk!Tim Ebersole 130 Bethlehem CT.Hagerstown and 21740.

  5. Hello.I love popcorn,bagels with cream cheese an bacon!Mmmm.We ate this when nobody was watching growing up!They made us eat just peas,an bread!Now I eat bacon every chance I get!I love it baked,boiled,cooked,sliced!Damn I eat right out of the bag!Ieat deer meat too!Anything you put in front of me!lol

  6. Hello.I would like samples on your bags.Thank you.Send to Tim.Ebersole 130 Bethlehem Ct.Hagerstown.Md 21740.

  7. This recipe has changed my life, also!! My youngest daughter loves popcorn, but we don’t do microwave popcorn, so we always have to get out the Whirley Pop to make it on the stove. No more!!! Now she can have it whenever she wants! Great for after school snack!! Thank you!!!!

  8. Molly, I’ve seen that warning about paper bags in microwave too! See this link, last paragraph.
    You could skip the bag and make popcorn in glass bowl, and cover with a small, microwave- safe glass plate? It’s exhausting keeping up with all the latest safety recommendations.

  9. I use standard brown paper lunch bags that come 100 for $3. The brown paper should be totally food safe too!

  10. Hi! I’ve used this idea tons of time, for exactly the reasons you mentioned, then came across some article somewhere that standard lunch bags (what I’ve used) are not food safe and/or the glue isn’t. I felt defeated. What kinds of paper sacks do you use? Thanks!

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