Silly Popcorn

Level 2: Basic
Serving size: 1 cup
Servings per recipe: 20
Price per serving: 7¢
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes for microwave popcorn, 7 minutes for stovetop popcorn


  • Microwave or stovetop for popping corn
  • Large microwave-save bowl
  • Large, deep pot with lid for stovetop (should fit at least 20 cups)
  • Small bowls or cups for toppings


  • 5 bags of microwave popcorn (trans fats/partially hydrogenated oil free) OR
  • 1 cup of popcorn kernels
  • Vegetable oil
  • Variety of toppings/flavors to choose from: parmesan cheese, chili powder, cinnamon, taco seasoning


For microwave popcorn, follow direction on package. For stovetop:
  1. Cover bottom of large part with 2 Tbsp oil
  2. Put stove on medium. Test the oil heat by throwing a kernel in the pot and covering with the lid. (If oil smokes, the heat is too high.)
  3. Add the rest of the popcorn and shake to coat with oil. Cover pot loosely with room for steam to escape.
  4. Shake the pot frequently to prevent burning.
  5. When popping is 3-5 seconds between pop, remove from heat.
  6. Let stand until popping stops.
  7. Mix popcorn (about 20 cups when popped) and 3 Tbsp oil (optional) in a bowl.
  8. Choose seasonings and sprinkle over popcorn. Mix well.
  9. Serve immediately and enjoy!