Italian Brown Paper Bag Popcorn

Homemade Italian Brown Paper Bag Microwave Popcorn - Easy homemade microwave popcorn ready in just a few minutes!

This Italian Brown Paper Bag Popcorn recipe is made in minutes right in your microwave! Summer vacation is in full swing here and I’m already trying to think of more ideas to keep my kids busy.  When I told my kids we were going to do a kitchen “experiment” they were very excited.   I had heard from a few people that you could take regular popcorn and microwave it in a brown paper bag.  Sounded too good to be true but I was willing to give it a try!  My kids LOVE popcorn so this was a perfect activity for them along with letting them come up with their own list of toppings!

Italian Brown Paper Bag Popcorn (Homemade Microwave Popcorn) |

This brown paper popcorn recipe doesn’t really need a lot of explanation.  You put some popcorn in a brown paper bag, roll it up, then microwave for a few minutes.  It works great!!!  Deciding what you want to put ON the popcorn is the hard part!

Italian Brown Paper Bag Popcorn (Homemade Microwave Popcorn) |

Need a little inspiration for some popcorn toppings?  Here are some ideas…

  • melted butter or olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese or any type of grated dry type cheese
  • herbs & spices such lemon pepper, salt & pepper, Caribbean seasoning, Cajun seasoning, pizza seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, apple or pumpkin pie spice, or Asian spice mixes
  • bacon crumbles
  • truffle salt or truffle oil
  • candy like M&Ms or chopped up candy bars
  • chips like chocolate chips or peanut butter chips
  • cookies like chopped up Oreos
  • nuts like toasted peanuts, cashews, or pecans
  • cocoa powder, sugar, & cinnamon
  • Ranch or Italian seasoning mixes
  • Buffalo or Hot sauce
  • Shredded coconut or toasted coconut
  • Cinnamon & Sugar

What’s your favorite popcorn topping??

Italian Brown Paper Bag Popcorn (Homemade Microwave Popcorn) |

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Italian Brown Paper Bag Popcorn
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1-2
Quick & easy way to make popcorn!
  • 3 tablespoons popcorn kernels
  • 1 lunch sized brown paper bag
  • melted butter or margarine
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder
  • dried Italian seasoning blend
  • salt
  1. Place popcorn in brown paper bag. Roll up the top a few times to close. Place bag in microwave so that bag is flat and rolled top is facing up. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until popping slows down.
  2. Top popcorn with desired amount of melted butter/margarine, cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt.
SNAPPY TIPS: Be sure you roll the top of the bag well so that the popcorn doesn't get out of the bag while it's popping. Be careful to not overcook the popcorn. It burns quick!

SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Substitute your favorite popcorn toppings.

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  1. Everyday Trish says:

    I am a popcorn addict, so I’m definitely going to have to give this a try. Popcorn with parm and garlic? Sign me up!

  2. I love popcorn but if it burns in the microwave, it will never let you forget it. I burned a bag to a crisp about 8 years ago and I swear that at times I can still smell that faint odor. Sounds simple but I don’t know if I ever would have thrown some regular old popcorn in a bag and nuked it had you not have told me how. I will now!

  3. Great ideas! We love popcorn but I’ve never made it like this.

  4. Popcorn has always been a favorite in our home but I use a stovetop unit that makes it better in so many ways. Less oil and better popcorn primarily!

    Our favorite topping is a combination of butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

  5. I used to make it this way at work, until I fried a bag and everyone hated me for the lingering smell… it works really well, but do *not* let it burn!

  6. A cool idea!

  7. Great idea!

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