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Growing & Popping Your Own Popcorn

Updated on June 5, 2012

popcorn time

Popcorn and I go back a long way. In the early years the popcorn had to be smothered in butter and salt but as time passed the butter disappeared as did the salt.

I remember Saturday nights when I was young; after supper we'd sit down in the living room to watch TV if it was hockey season then it was Hockey Night in Canada (there were only 6 teams in the NHL then), followed by Gunsmoke.

The popcorn got made after the first period; in those days we made popcorn in one of two ways, this was the pre-microwave era. One was we used Jiffy Pop which I notice is still on the market.

The other method involved a sauce pan with a good lid, some cooking oil and popcorn. You would heat the pot after adding the oil, then ump in some popcorn, cover the pot and shake it. If my memory serves and that is a qualifier worth considering, it turned out okay.

I gave up on both of those many eyars back and we have used a series of hot air popcorn makers to pop our weekly, sometimes more often, popcorn.

I am presently in the market for a better machine. I'll need to pay a bit more than the 20-25 bucks I spent on the machine ( four in total) but we are just not satisfied with the end results, too many unpopped kernels.


courtesy Robert Banh-Flickr
courtesy Robert Banh-Flickr

growing your own

You can grow your own popcorn.There are a number of seed companies that will sell you the seeds you need.

I would only do this if I had the land to spare, popcorn is not expensive, we buy a generic brand and have been doing so for years now.

The land we do have is better used to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables, buy hey that is us, if you got the space and the inclination go for it.

How do you like your popcorn?

Once lots of butter and salt would be the preference, especially at the movies. A big bag of popcorn, a large soda and something chocolate made the Saturday afternoon pictures a special event, that an the 25 cents I paid to get in.

Times have changed, everything costs more but you can still get a big bag of greasy salty popcorn and a watered down giant cola to get you through the movie.

Sometimes, I add cheese, real cheese, extra old white cheddar or mozzarella to my popcorn and that is tasty.

I have used both a dash of cinnamon and a dash of cayenne pepper, not at the same time, the popcorn was edible but not enough to do it again.

I used to love caramel corn but am not likely to make that myself, I have type Two diabetes and the caramel is too sugary.

By the way, does anybody remember Lucky Elephant popcorn? We used to buy it as kids, because it had some kind of pink flavouring on it and had a prize.

Popcorn is pretty versatile and you can personalize your experience. My preference is plain popcorn with a dash of sea salt. I use salt salt because it has a stronger taste.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    thanks for dropping by.

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    Lifebydesign 8 years ago from Australia

    I love popcorn! I'll have to try some of C.S.'s recipes.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    good be interesting, thanks for dropping by.

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    Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

    ranch dressing mix (before it is mixed with liquid) might be one of my favorites. Great hub!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    garlic powder and parmesan, I will have to try that. Thank you all for dropping by.

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    Feline Prophet 8 years ago

    The best part of watching a film is the popcorn! Buttery is best and I can't understand how anyone can eat the caramel stuff! :P

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    Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

    Nothing like freshly popped popcorn when you're watching a movie. Love all those choices of spicing it up CS Alexis :)

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    C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana


    My favorite snack, I like it all kinds of ways...

    plain... with salt... sea salt, garlic powder and Parmesan... a sprinkle of sugar and butter... brown sugar, cinnamon,butter,nutmeg and allspice, dash it on after the melted butter......I like it best with chocolate candy bars, Hershey's dark if I am looking for salty and sweet....I eat it several times a week because I can make lunch of it and a cup of hot tea with milk and honey...popcorn is the best, I even like it stale in the dish leftover from the night before. I eat microwaved but actually prefer the oil and shaker method from my childhood. Thanks for making me hungry.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    Alicia 8 years ago

    Interesting! Thanks for writing this!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I'll have to try that the spice mixes not the beer, although it does go well with popcorn. Thanks for dopping by.

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    Nelle Hoxie 8 years ago

    Leo and I love to make popcorn and spice it up. I've found the prepared spice mixes work best for us. We just shake it all over after we've add the melt butter and stir well. One of the perks of adulthood is washing popcorn down with beer, not soda.