Popcorn. Who knew?
See, I have kind of a mixed history with popcorn. I practically lived on it in college - not being fond of the ramen packet, I was drawn to microwave popcorn for its ease. Then I learned that the fake butter was causing fucking LUNG CANCER in factory workers, so I swore off the stuff. The movie theater variety is good, but I don't go to the theater much and it's ridiculously bad for you. Plus, the fake butter again - tastes good, yet causes limbs to fall off at random.
I thought I'd found the answer when Josh and I got married: we registered for and received a hot air popper from a coworker of mine. Unfortunately, it turns out that air-popped popcorn tastes like somehow less appetizing corrugated cardboard. Even if you put real butter on it, the stuff is entirely unappetizing. So for the last 2 1/2 years, I thought I had to live without popcorn.
Then there was Kendall. Back in September, she sent me a care package that included chocolate and vanilla kettle corn from Lesser Evil. Oh, it was so good - and let me say that I had until then been a salt, butter and/or cheese purist. No sweet popcorn - I didn't know how wrong I had been.
ANYWAY. Two nights ago I decided to bite the bullet and try making popcorn at home, the old fashioned way: put oil in pot, add kernels, heat until popped.
Sweet mother of taste buds, that stuff is good.
So good that I referred to it on Facebook, and got TWO comments from people I don't usually chat with - fellow popcorn aficionados, it turns out. It got me to wondering:
What is your favorite way to have popcorn? Popping method, toppings, circumstances? Do you prefer to buy it ready-made, or homebrew? Just writing this is making me hungry - I think I'll make some more right now.