The Best Microwave Popcorn Is Made from Sprouted Corn Kernels

updated May 30, 2019
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Love really good popcorn, but don’t want to take the time to make it the old-fashioned way? Use sprouted corn kernels in place of conventional popping corn, and you can achieve popcorn perfection with the convenience of your microwave.

Here’s how to do it.

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Why Sprouted Corn Makes the Best Popcorn

The keys to great popcorn are the multiple mini-explosions created when heat turns the moisture in each kernel into steam. The steam expands and expands, until, “pop!” Since sprouted corn has a higher moisture content, you get more steam. And more steam means fluffier popcorn. Plus, you end up with far fewer un-popped kernels rolling around in the bottom of your snack bowl!

The To Your Health Flour Company, which we’ve been profiling all week, makes sprouted-corn popping corn ($4.19 for a one-pound bag), which boasts a 98 to 99 percent pop rate.

And then there’s the taste. Thanks to the simple sugars created in the sprouting process, the popcorn has a deeper, stronger corn flavor that’s a bit sweet and requires little, if nothing, in the way of embellishment. A simple sprinkle of salt is nice, but even that is unnecessary.

You can use the same popping methods with sprouted corn that you would for traditional dried corn: a stovetop popper or a popcorn machine. But if you want to enjoy your light, airy treat even faster, it works great using the below microwave method.

The Microwave Method

  • Soak kernels. Soak sprouted corn kernels in water for about 5 minutes.
  • Prepare for microwave. Put about ¼ cup of kernels in a brown paper lunch bag, fold over the top and place in the middle of your microwave.
  • Get started. Set your timer for 3 minutes and carefully remove the bag when popping slows to 2 to 3 seconds between pops.
  • Listen closely. Like any popcorn, it will burn quickly!

→ Watch this fun video from The Kitchn showing how to make popcorn in the microwave.

Have you ever made popcorn from sprouted corn kernels?