Joy from Frugal Menu Mamas shares about one of her favorite healthy snacks…and one of ours too!
Wednesday last week was a sad night for me….my popcorn popper died! We used to go through a lot of microwave popcorn. My parents were getting rid of the “Stir Crazy” popcorn popper we had since I was a kid, so I took it. It just sat around for awhile…then I decided to try it. Did you know that NON-microwave popcorn is much cheaper? In fact, at our local grocery store, 1 box of microwave popcorn costs around $3.59 for store brand and up to $4.79 for the name brand. That was only for 6 bags! The package of popcorn kernels you do yourself cost $4.89 and it makes many more than 6 batches.
So, I made the frugal move to not buy any more microwave popcorn. It took awhile, but I perfected the unhealthy art of melting butter over it and adding salt. Ooh–it is so tasty that I want to make it almost every night after the kids are in bed. So, imagine my disappointment when the popcorn popper popped its last.
But wait….what it that on the back of the bag of popcorn? You can make it on the stove top?! Amazing! So, Hubby tried it. Can I just say “YUM!” and even more frugal?! We didn’t have to buy a new popper, we could use something we already have…just a pot! So, now we are being super frugal (and maybe even a little bit healthier) by not buying microwave popcorn OR a popcorn popper.
So, you want in on this amazing secret? Apparently, its not much of a secret. There are all kinds of articles on the internet and videos on YouTube about popping popcorn on the stovetop. Just search for it on YouTube.
Here are some articles about popping popcorn:
- How to make Stove Top Popcorn
- Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn
- Can You Save $100 by Popping Your Own Popcorn?
And what about seasoning your own? I prefer just to melt some butter (I buy Smart Balance 50/50 blend) and sprinkle some salt. Others LOVE coconut oil with their popcorn.
So, get to it! Pick a healthy, frugal alternative and munch away!
And, if you want a little chocolate goodness with your healthy popcorn, then try this Chocolate Lava Popcorn made with coconut oil, black lava sea salt, and dark chocolate!
Joy is a stay-at-home wife and mom to two precious kids. She began FrugalMenuMamas.com in January when she realized how many of her friends did not know how to reduce their grocery bills. Joy says that blogging is fun, but she still has so much to learn. You are invited to check her out at www.frugalmenumamas.com!