Everyone will love these deliciously easy popcorn hacks!
A few years ago I decided to order a weird variety of corn to plan in our garden – golf ball corn.
The seed catalogue said “Beautiful diamond shaped kernels, pops bright white, vigorous plant yielding 3 to 4 cobs each up to 4cm.” and despite neglecting the plans a little (ok a lot) at the end of the summer we had 20 small, roundish, weird looking corn cobs.
We hung the cibs to dry and then put them in a container in the pantry, and promptly forgot about them.
Then one day my starving children asked for pop corn. We didn’t have any shop bought popping corn, but I remembered the container in the pantry, and I issued the kids a challenge. If they could get the kernels off the cobs we’d see if our homegrown corn would pop!
It didn’t take long before there was a bowl full of corn kernels ready to pop.
We put a handful into a saucepan, with a splash of oil, and put it on the stove. Everyone peered through the glass lid, waiting to see what would happen. Would it pop? Or would it be a dud?
Sure enough… pop, pop, pop pop pop! The seed catalogue was right, we had a bowl full of bright white popcorn!
Growing your own popcorn is really cool, and a great hands on experience to learn how something goes from seed, to plant, to food. But even if you can’t grow your own, popcorn is an awesome, budget friendly, quick, and easy snack.
How cool is it that you can buy a $2 packet of popping corn and magically turn it into buckets of popcorn!
Handing the kids a big bowl of popcorn is my ultimate lazy Mum snack hack, but you can do more with popcorn that just adding a little butter and salt!
Popcorn snack recipes.
Try one of these awesome popcorn snack hacks!
Easy Flavoured Popcorn – we also share a video of how to make popcorn in the microwave, so easy to make the kids can do it themselves.
Chunky Monkey Popcorn Bars – a gooey and delicious treat from Wonky Wonderful.
Marshmallow Popcorn Bars – instead of making rice krispie treats, make these from Brit Co
Popcorn Cake – what a cool idea for a birthday cake from Cookies and Cups.
Marshmallow Popcorn Balls – a sticky sweet treat from Chef in Training.
Smores Popcorn Balls – Love the look of these little sweet treats from The Grant Life
Unicorn Popcorn – How amazing is this multi coloured popcorn from Life Love Liz.
Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies – Who knew you could put popcorn in cookies? Delicious, clever cookies from Joy the Baker.
Homemade Popcorn Bars – These are chocolate and berry flavoured, but you can use whatever flavour add-ins you like.
Popcorn Trail Mix – add some healthy extras and turn your popcorn into trail mix from Delicious Meets Healthy.
Do your kids like popcorn?
What’s your best popcorn snack hack?
Read the comments or scroll down to add your own:
Lori @ RRSAHM says
That is fantastic, Kate- how cool!
Did it taste better than any you have ever had before?
Sue Denyhm says
I love the little berry shaped cobs. We’ve planted popcorn in our garden this year, but I think they are traditional shaped cobs.
I hope ours is as successful as yours.
keepcatebusy (Cate) says
You should be so proud of that – that’s fantastic. We have only tried growing corn once, but I think we left it too long before harvesting because they were all shrivelly. Must try again one day!! xxx
I have never seen such a thing. Very impressive to make your own popcorn.
I am SERIOUSLY impressed. Really! That is a fantastic example of kids participating in the whole process of growing, harvesting, preparing, cooking and eating home grown produce.
When I met my husband he had never even made popcorn himself from the bought kernels (only the commercial microwave popcorn stuff) – he was amazed to watch it in the saucepan (fortunately I had a glass lid)! He would be most impressed by this – perhaps the small boy and I should plant some too. Well done!!
Christie-Childhood 101 says
Wow! Who knew that popcorn could be so much fun!
Tenille @ My Family Table says
That’s awesome. I’d wondered how those corn kernels were prepared.