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Who doesn’t like popcorn?

Popcorn is a snack that most everyone I know likes. The popcorn section at the grocery store has literally dozens and dozens of options, if you want pre-bagged microwave popcorn. However, in addition to containing many chemical additives, it is totally overpriced! Did you know you can make DIY microwave popcorn for a fraction of the cost? Further, when I make my DIY popcorn in the microwave, the yield is much better than that from the typical bag of of Redenbacher or Jolly Time, which always seems to have a bunch of unpops. Almost every kernel in my DIY bag pops, and it is more flavorful and likely much healthier than the pre-bagged stuff. To make this tasty and inexpensive treat, all you need is: 1/3 cup popcorn, a drizzle of oil, and a brown lunch bag. The tables below shows a simple comparison of the costs associated with the DIY method vs. purchasing pre-made bags.

Ingredients Cost Cost per bag
Paper Lunch Bags (50 count)
Popcorn Kernels (32 ounces)
Brand Cost Cost per bag
Orville (6 count)
Jolly Time (3 count)

As you can see, the DIY method is a substantial savings, and the startup costs are low. When you consider the greater yield per material ingredients, there is even less debate over the value of making popcorn in the microwave DIY style!

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