Homemade Microwave Popcorn Bags Recipe

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Hey gang! I originally shared this recipe in one of my posts on GoRVing’s blog…make sure you swing by and check it out!

Homemade Microwave Popcorn Brown Paper Bags

If you haven’t tried making your own microwave popcorn bags, you just HAVE to. It’s so easy and much healthier, since you’re not getting all that extra mystery goop that comes with the commercial brands. Popcorn on its own is actually packed with healthy nutrients, did you know? In fact, it’s got more polyphenols (antioxidant substances) than most fruits and veggies.  It’s also whole-grain, ridiculously low-cal, and has almost as much fiber as bran flakes!


Homemade Microwave Popcorn Bags Recipe


In the RV, we like to keep it simple, so that makes popcorn a popular choice when the munchies hit on the road. Here’s how easy it is:


Basic Homemade Microwave Popcorn Bags:

You’ll need:

  • Popcorn kernels
  • Brown paper bags
  • Microwave
  • Optional toppings



  1. Measure out ¼ cup of popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag.
  2. Fold the top lip of the bag over twice.
  3. Stand it up in the microwave, and nuke it up to 2 minutes (90 seconds works perfectly in my microwave).

That’s all it takes! Makes you wonder why you’ve ever bothered buying the store-bought ones, doesn’t it?  I should mention that there’ll be a few unpopped kernels, so be careful as you take a big handful. Plus, you aren’t quite done once you’ve popped your bag. You’ve got to come up with popcorn toppings that suit your taste buds. A family favorite of ours is:

Waffle Corn!

Waffle Corn

You simply mix a tablespoon of melted coconut oil and a tablespoon of real maple syrup. Pour it over the prepared popcorn bag and SHAKE! Tastes just like waffles. AND! Just like waffles you can get even MORE creative by adding things like freeze-dried strawberries, dried bananas, nuts, what have you.


Homemade Popcorn Bags Recipe

I share a bunch of other popcorn toppings over on the GoRVing blog, so if you’re curious, check it out. AND. I’m always looking for other toppings suggestions. If you’ve got some, leave a comment below!

Happy RVing!

xo Stef


After 15 years as an educator in both the public K-12 setting and the University level in Special Physical Education, Stef made the leap to her true passion… the fitness world. She’s currently a personal trainer and wellness coach specializing in seniors, medical conditions, and injuries. Stef loves running, cycling, and being “Mugga” to her two favorite mini-humans — Punky and Marshmallow. ❤️

    15 thoughts on “Homemade Microwave Popcorn Bags Recipe

    1. Barbara

      Bags are a good idea. We use Lekue Microwave Popcorn Popper/ Popcorn Maker in our Roadtrek. Folds to a nice small size. It is very handy.]

    2. Larry

      I live in California. Several cities here have adopted ordinances that are designed to reduce litter and trash. A key part of these rules ban free bags at grocery and retail stores. You either bring your own or get charged 10-25 cents per bag. I’ve been amazed at how effective they’ve been at reducing litter!

      Anyway, a side effect of these rules is that I can’t find or buy paper bags anywhere. Do you folks have any ideas about a substitute?

      1. Stefany - Post author

        Hi Larry! There are microwave containers that work great for popcorn and are inexpensive too. In fact I’m glad you reminded me because I’ve been intending to pick one up myself! Here’s a link: http://amzn.to/2diiqJk

      1. Stefany - Post author

        Yay! Thx David, yeah…I’ve got a bag of popcorn just waiting to be popped behind me in the RV pantry right now!!!

      1. Stefany - Post author

        YES!!! It’s sort of like a parmesan cheese kind of substitute for non-cheese eaters. DELISH! Thanks for the suggestion!

    3. Ed

      Good to know. We’ve been doing our own for years but always add a TSP of oil to the popcorn when we microwave it. We’ll have to try it with no oil.

      1. Stefany - Post author

        Hi Sharon! Yup, they work in the microwave AND they’re such a fun snack to make…especially in the RV!


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