I store my knitting needles in a Pringles can. That pretty much sums up my love of the potato chip. I love them with all of my heart.
In fact, I like chips so much that I can no longer have chips in the house. I just can’t. I cannot be trusted with a cupboard filled with salty, crispy goodness that fits neatly into a bowl and makes my mouth water just thinking about them. Because if I have chips in the house I eat the chips in the house. All of them.
I just put a reasonable amount into a small bowl, close up the bag and put it away in the cupboard. I do this over and over again until all the chips are gone which usually takes about half an hour.
So I’ve had to move on to another snack that I can eat while I’m pretending to watch a movie at night. I say pretending because what I’m usually doing is half listening to a movie while I work on my computer or creep people’s Facebook pages. When someone makes a movie that’s more interesting than some of the weirdos I know on Facebook, then I’ll watch it.
Enter popcorn. My new snack of choice!
Which I don’t really like.
I mean let’s face it. There’s no comparison between the crispy goodness of a potato chip and a styrofoamy mouthful of popcorn. Luckily I’ve found if you put even just a tablespoon of butter on popcorn it improves it immensely. And salt of course. Because salt is the spice of Gods.
I was buying bags of microwave popcorn and using those but I didn’t really like the fake butter popcorn. I also bought prepopped bags of popcorn which were O.K., but still not great. Plus the bags of popcorn were expensive.
So on a whim I bought a bottle of Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn and brought it home with me. Since we all like to live in a world where we do things the cutest, most Pinterest-worthy way possible I immediately pulled out a pot and some oil and tried to stove top pop my popcorn.
All I ended up with was a pot I had to scrub burnt oil from and 3 popped kernels. So that’s how that went. And it went that way several times. There’s apparently a bit of a trick to getting popcorn to stovetop pop. I tried all the tricks and I was never satisfied with the popcorn. Plus I had to stand there and shake the pan, which looks great in a Pinterest photo, but in real life I don’t want to spend any more time on a crappy snack I’m not even going to enjoy because it isn’t potato chips, than I have to.
I didn’t have any paper bags in the house so I couldn’t pop it in the microwave.
Or could I?
Yes. Yes I could. I have no idea how I came up with this but I might have invented the greatest way to pop popcorn ever. Especially if you have kids.
IT’S LIKE JIFFY POP YOU CAN WATCH!
Once the popcorn is done popping, I add a tablespoon of butter onto the plate on top, which is hot enough to melt the butter, then I just tip the melted butter into the popcorn. Add salt. And enjoy.
When I say “enjoy” I mean eat. Popcorn is eaten. Potato chips? Potato chips are enjoyed.
Have a favourite popcorn topping for me? Lemme know!