No matter how great prepackaged popcorn has become over the years, there is something that can be said for popcorn made the old fashioned way. Hearing the kernels explode into fluffy whiteness, before chowing down on popcorn you have buttered and salted yourself, brings back a nostalgia for us and creates fond memories for our children.
Even if looking back on family popcorn night isn’t on your personal list of what makes old fashioned popcorn cool, here are 3 other great reasons.
Old Fashioned Popcorn is Healthier
Even if you’re not going to switch out salt and butter for coconut oil, popcorn cooked the old fashioned way is still healthier than popcorn from a box. In order to keep that butter on your theater style popcorn shelf stable, a lot of preservatives have to go into it. This can be anything from partially hydrogenated oils, which we now know is not good for you, to TBHQ, a known carcinogen.
Plain old salt and butter from the fridge may not be the best in terms of calories, but they are still a healthier option as a topping, and offers an unbeatable flavor.
Old fashioned popcorn is better for the environment
Most of the world lives a throw away lifestyle, and for many that is unavoidable. Yet plastic is still building up in the oceans and in our dumps, and if we can find even small ways to change that, so much the better. Old fashioned popcorn takes the plastic out of your bag of popcorn, and lets you enjoy those delectable morsels with a little less guilt.
Old fashioned popcorn tastes better
From the way it is popped to the toppings you choose, it tastes so much better when you cook it yourself.
While we may not be developing our arm muscles by hefting an iron skillet with its iron lid fitted tightly over it on the stove, many of us still want to capture that feeling of making popcorn without depending on a bag filled with preservatives and plastic.
If you’re looking for a better option than pan frying your popcorn to get that amazing flavor, consider investing in a small popcorn machine to do the work for you. There are popcorn machines available that bring back the nostalgia of those great times, and not only cook the popcorn perfectly every time, but give you the freedom to choose those flavors.
A popcorn machine doesn’t have to be large or expensive. There are plenty of options out there that will fit into your kitchen like any ordinary appliance, and are just as affordable as your other household items.
The next time you’re craving a delicious bag of popcorn, remember these differences between old fashioned popcorn and a boring microwave bag. It’s an easy switch to make, and once you choose fresh topping and the popcorn that has been roasted the old fashioned way, you’ll never go back again. Give your kids the same fond memories you have of old fashioned popcorn, or create new ones if it was never a family tradition before.