DIY Microwave Kettle Corn

Pop up nostalgic flavors of the fair at home with our DIY Microwave Kettle Corn recipe! This fast and easy treat tastes decadent and rich, but just happens to be refined sugar free and popped in coconut oil for a lighter take on a fair ground classic!

This DIY Microwave Kettle Corn recipe is part of our 3-part ‘Choose Your Own Recipe Adventure’ video series on You Tube featuring popcorn!

Watch me make my DIY Microwave Kettle Corn  for you step-by-step in the video above….

I am one of those people that has to buy the JUMBO sized bag of kettle corn at the fair! I love it and can literally just eat it by the fistful. While I’m not exactly sure how the guy with the giant kettle at the fair makes his, I have perfected a pretty delicious DIY version that is hard to beat. Plus, my recipe just happens to be free of refined sugars which means it’s definitely WAY better for me than the version I get at the fair.

A bowl of DIY Microwave Kettle Corn on a table

You can literally make kettle corn with no fuss in minutes, all you need are 5 simple ingredients and a brown paper bag! 

Brown paper lunch bag || You know that stash of brown paper lunch bags hiding out in your cupboard, awaiting their time to shine on school field trips?  Well, I have another use for them, turn them into the perfect, eco friendly, disposable vessel for popping popcorn in your microwave! 

Popcorn kernels || It doesn’t matter what kernels you use here – yellow kernels, white kernels, mixed bag kernels….they all pop the same!

Coconut oil || Let me tell you there is something magical about how coconut oil subtly infuses its flavor into popcorn kernels. It’s an essential component to the kettle corn flavor really coming through in this recipe, so don’t try and skip it! 

Maple sugar || Ok, so maybe you don’t use maple sugar everyday, but I assure you it is quite possibly the most decadent treat you could have shipped ti your home these days. Maple sugar is exactly what it sounds like – pure maple sugar dried to a granulated powder. I sprinkle it over all sorts of dishes, but this kettle corn is hands down my favorite way to use it!

Salt || While I cook exclusively with coarse grain kosher salt, only fine grain sea salt gives me that salty popcorn fix that I crave! A finer grain salt will stick to the nooks and crannies of the kernels as they pop making for a superior tasting popcorn.  

A close up of a bowl of DIY Microwave Kettle Corn

Since the secret is out of the bag, so to speak…

…you might just find yourself popping popcorn every day, in which case you might also find yourself craving a little flavor variety! Now that you know the basics you can really take this recipe and turn it into any flavor profile your heart desires. Click on the links below to see how to make two more of my favorite DIY Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn flavors, one savory and one sweet – both equally delicious.

DIY Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn || Looking for a homemade snack that is fast, easy, good for you, and delicious? There is no need to look any further. No more standing over the hot stove, no more questioning weird ingredients on the labels of store bought microwave popcorn packs, and absolutely no need to pay astronomical prices for pre-popped popcorn ever again. All you need to make a big bowl of delicious popcorn in your microwave is a brown paper lunch bag, a little bit of butter or oil, popcorn kernels, and salt!

Cacio e Pepe Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn || Cacio e Pepe is one of my all time favorite pasta dishes – mainly because it’s delicious, but also because it’s EASY!!! The name literally translates to cheese and pepper. I mean, you really can’t go wrong when you transform a bag of basic microwave popcorn with Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked black pepper

If you’ve tried my DIY Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn recipe I would be so grateful if you would rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below, I just love hearing from you and your reviews and comments really help others that visit This Mess is Ours! 


DIY Microwave Kettle Corn

Don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think about this popcorn in the comments below, I just love hearing from you and your reviews/comments really help other people that visit This Mess is Ours! 

  • Author: This Mess is Ours
  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Cook Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: Snack
  • Diet: Gluten Free



1/4 cup corn kernels

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

2 tablespoons maple sugar

1 teaspoon butter


Combine all of the ingredients in a brown paper lunch bag. Fold down the top 3 times and microwave on high for 1:30-1:45 seconds. You can add more cook time in 15 increments if necessary, but be sure to keep a close eye on the maple sugar as it will start to burn if it gets too hot.

Once the bag is removed from the microwave give it a good shake, flip it over so that all of the melted sugars from the bottom of the bag drizzle down over the popped kernels, then serve.

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