Make-Your-Own Microwave Cinnamon Kettle Corn

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  • Rather than using store-bought microwave popcorn, which is often packed with unwanted ingredients, you can make your own using a brown paper lunch sack and popcorn kernels. A drizzle of butter and a sprinkle of salt, sugar and cinnamon is all it takes to have homemade kettle corn at the ready.

Kids find it sort of magical that you can make popcorn using an ordinary paper bag.


  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Ground cinnamon


  • Put the popcorn kernels in a brown paper lunch bag. Fold it over 1/3 of an inch and make a firm crease. Fold it again two more times, creasing it well each time so it forms a tight seal that will prevent air from escaping as the corn pops.

  • Set in the microwave on its “back” and microwave on high for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or until the popping nearly comes to a stop.

  • Empty the popcorn into a medium bowl.

  • Drizzle with the butter. Sprinkle with salt and sugar, and toss several times to coat. Give the cinnamon a few shakes over the popcorn and toss again.

Makes 5 1/2 Cups

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