What you need:
1 Brown Paper Bag, lunch bag size
Whole Kernel Popcorn, unpopped
Seasoning of Your Choice: Sea Salt, Seasoned Salt, Chili Powder, Spray Butter, Grated Parmesan, Rosemary & Olive Oil, Cinnamon & Sugar, Cinnamon & Allspice, or whatever your heart desires
Put 1 to 2 tablespoons of popcorn kernels in the brown paper bag. Fold down the opening of the bag tightly 2 to 4 times. I prefer to fold more times to avoid any popping explosions in the microwave.
Place the bag in the microwave and either using your popcorn presetting or your timer turn it on between 1.5 to 2.5 minutes. Since there are only 2 tablespoons in the bag less time is needed than a standard size microwave bag. Regardless of what type of timer you use stay near your microwave so that you can stop it if the popping has quit and been quiet 2 to 3 seconds. Don't let it burn, there is nothing like burned kernels stinking up the house.
Essentially the popcorn amount of 1 to 2 tablespoons is perfect for a one person snack. If you are sitting down with your beau or friends to watch a movie pop more!!
This is a very inexpensive and healthy way to eat microwave popcorn. Standard pre-packaged microwave popcorn bought in the grocery market is loaded with preservatives, artificial flavors, and crazy amounts of sodium.
There are typically two areas of the grocery market where you will find whole, unpopped kernels. The first is in the snack food aisle that houses chips and standard microwave popcorn. Usually sold in a 1 to 2 pound bag that ranges from $1.00 to $4.00 depending on the national or store brand you chose. The second place and many times a better price point is in the markets bulk section where pull down bins of spices, snacks, and dry goods such as popcorn, beans, and rice are located. I have regularly chosen both styles but more recently (blame it on being an Austinite) I have chosen to purchase out of the bulk bins. In the Austin area, bulk bins are in all of the competing groceries stores: HEB, Central Market, Whole Foods, Wheatsville Co-op, and I am sure that the "coming-soon" Trader Joe's will likely have them as well.