You may be tempted to throw away the unpopped kernels in your popcorn bag, but just because it wasn’t their time doesn’t mean they don’t have potential. The kernels can easily be popped in the microwave. Place them in a paper bag and fold it a few times to keep the kernels in. Then heat it for around two minutes to get all the kernels to pop.
If you’d rather have a larger amount of popcorn, you can also squirrel away the kernels until you have enough for a regular-sized batch. With every bag of popcorn in the box, place the unpopped kernels in a jar or designated container. When you’ve reached the last bag, heat the popcorn in the microwave, stovetop, or even oven. With the latter two methods, you can customize the flavor of your popcorn, transforming it from just buttery morsels to something more delectable.
Heat the popcorn on the stove and toss it with Calabrian chile oil and the zest from limes and lemons for spicy citrus popcorn. If you’re craving something a little sweeter, heat Nutella, butter, salt, brown sugar, and corn syrup on the stove to make rich Nutella popcorn. Or, mix the kernels in the sauce and bake them in the oven until they’ve popped.