How to Hack Microwave Popcorn

I was watching a movie while eating some popcorn one day and I thought to my self, why cant they manage to put enough butter in this popcorn? Then I thought I could just melt some butter and pour it over the top, but then I would just end up with some soggy kernels. It didn't take long for me to realize that I would get an even distribution of butter, and no soggy kernels, if the popcorn was popped with the butter, just like it already does inside a bag of microwave popcorn.

So I pulled out a tupperware bowl, a bag of microwave popcorn, and a stick of butter. I quickly tore open the bag of popcorn and dumped it into the bowl along with a lump of the butter. I snapped on the lid, leaving a small portion unsnapped so that steam could escape, and punched in 4 minutes on the timer. As the end of four minutes neared, I began to worry as I have only heard a few pops, no where near as many as there should have been. So I removed the bowl from my microwave and set it on the counter. Just then, I realized that the bottom of the bowl had melted away and poured liquid butter all over my counter. Needless to say, that was a complete and udder failure. On the bright side, the few kernels that did pop tasted delicious.

But all is not lost, I had had another idea. Why not just slip in some extra butter into the bag itself? That is exactly what I did, and I'm proud to say it worked perfectly.

The following are the steps I took to hack into a bag of bland microwave popcorn and make it into delicious super buttered popcorn.

You will need:

1 Bag of your favorite microwave popcorn.
1 Roll Masking tape
1 Knife (butter knife will work fine)
   Favorite Popcorn Seasoning

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Step 1: Cut Open Bag

First you need to open up the bag of popcorn from its plastic packaging, and lay it out flat.

Then you need to cut a flap with your knife (butter knife will work because the paper is somewhat brittle). Start at the middle along the seam of the bag and cut towards the edge, stopping a half inch before you reach it. Then cut a similar line 2 or 3 inches apart from the first. Connect the ends of each cut at the ends nearest the edge. You should end up with a flap like shown in the pictures.

Step 2: Add Filling

Next you need to puff up the bag to make room for the butter.

Cut up the butter into small 1/2 inch cubes. Then cram the cubes into the bag along with a dash of your favorite seasoning. Be careful with the type of seasoning you use, it may scorch.

Step 3: Tape Up the Bag

Close up the bag and wipe off any butter or oil that may have gotten on the outside of the bag, this is important for the tape to stick properly.

Run a few strips of tape horizontally across the flap as shown, then to be extra sure, run some tape the other direction. Remember this thing has to under go a little pressure as the popcorn releases steam in the microwave. Be sure to use masking tape as any sort of plastic tape, like duct tape or scotch tape, will melt with the steam.

Also, DO NOT wrap the tape all the way around the bag, the bag needs to expand as the popcorn pops.

Step 4: Microwave!

Plop the taped up bag into the microwave and cook for the recomended time on the package.
You may want to add a little extra time because you have added a bunch of cold butter and it may cause the popcorn to take a little extra time to heat up to popping temperature. I added 30 seconds and stood by the microwave to listen for the popping to stop.

After it's done popping, remove it from the microwave and  pour it into an ugly green bowl for easy consumption. At this point you could add in some extra seasoning if it still needs it.


Other thoughts:

Use plain popcorn and add vegan butter for a diary free vegan friendly popcorn.
Add sugar to make kettle corn
Add some cheese flavored popcorn seasoning to make cheesy popcorn
Carmel for carmel corn?

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    I just tried this out and it worked like a charm. Next time I'll add even more butter.

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    Reply 10 months ago

    use popcorn in bulk,it is less expensive and a plain brown paper lunch bag. If you want buttery popcorn mix 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon room temperature butter in a microwaveable pitcher and microwave for 30 seconds and remove,sit it aside.and make sure it is melted ,you may add salt and spices,etc,. Place about 1/3 cup of popcorn in the bag. roll the bag up halfway. set the microwave for 4 minutes. When the popcorn has stopped popping less than 1 per second , stop the microwave. ,remove the bag carefully and open it away from your face. Hold the bag open with one hand and shake it as you carefully drizzle the mixture over the popcorn, pour the popcorn in a large glass bowl and enjoy!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You would think so, but the tape itself doesn't get hot, and is on the top of the bag, on the outside. It is very unlikely that any significant amount will make it into your popcorn.


    4 years ago on Step 3

    You can microwave regular stovetop popcorn in brown paper bags too -- just toss the kernels in some veggie oil and add the butter after when the popcorn is still hot. It's cheaper, and you can actually compost the brown bag after.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Instead of cutting a hole in the middle of the bag, why not just cut open the top of the bag & tape it back up? Seems like it would be a bit easier with the taping.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    While going through the top may very well work, I found it easier to just go straight through the side directly into the "cooking chamber". The bag is folded in an X shape which makes re-closing difficult. You also would have to make sure that you leave a hole for steam to escape, and that the tape doesn't peel off of this high stress location. The said X shape is show in the picture below.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice idea. Here is a way to save money while also adding (or removing) butter or other seasonings.,-cheap-and-easy/