Corn on the Cob Popcorn Recipe – A Summer Treat

I grew up in the city, but I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks with my aunt and uncle in the country every summer.  There I got to run barefoot in grass still moist and fragrant from just being cut.  If it was obnoxiously hot (like this year) the sprinkler would be hauled out and it would start to make lazy circles in the grass.  That was my clue to toss on a bathing suit and hop around in the low streams of water like I had fleas.  God, what fun that was!

To get to their small cottage we would drive till the highway ended…then onto small, dusty country roads and finally a single lane gravel road where you had to pull into a driveway to pass another car.  Along the roads were fields…fields of soy beans, fields of grazing cows, and lots and lots of corn.  I was always concerned that it would be “knee high by the 4th of July”…and it always was.  Later, that corn made its way to farm stands set up along the side of the road.

Now in Chicago we have wonderful farmer’s markets to choose from that takes the place of those roadside attractions.  The one I haul my shopping cart to the most is on Division Street.  There I find that the country has made its way to me and that makes my weekend.

This week at one of my favorite stands set up by the folks at Nichols Farm was something that I want to share with you for a couple of reasons.  The first is that I don’t think that children always realize just what “food from the source” looks like when you buy it in a pouch and the second is that this is just plain fun…especially for the kids.

I walked over to the display of dried corn to find this sign.

And these little, yellow, dried cobs.  OK, I’m game.  I’ve never done this before, but I’m thinking that it will be fun and tasty, right?

So, how easy is this?  Put a corn cob into the brown paper bag…I folded the ends a few times.  Put it into the microwave for a few and out pops a treat for your Sunday supper for a fun appetizer.

I had to glam it up for us with some melted butter and truffle salt, but if you prefer, it’s great plain as well.


Corn on the Cob Popcorn Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 2 - 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Fun to make, especially for the kids!


1 ear of popping corn
Salt to taste
Butter to taste


Place the ear of corn into a medium sized brown paper bag.

Place in the microwave and cook for 2 minutes. If not completely popped, you can cook at 30 second increments till cooked. I cooked mine for about 2.

Have an adult take the bag out of the microwave and shake popped corn into a container. Sprinkle with butter and salt, or eat plain, if you prefer.






12 Responses to “Corn on the Cob Popcorn Recipe – A Summer Treat”

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    Sharon — Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 6:00 am

    You mentioned dried corn. Can fresh corn on the cob be used? If not, how do I “dry the corn”?

    • Susie replied: — August 20th, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

      Honestly, I think that this is a special type of corn…please don’t try to pop fresh corn…this was dry corn, but not all dry corn pops. Let me find out exactly what type it was and you can ask for it at your local market. Thanks so much for your comment!

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    Carol Sacks — Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    So sweet to picture you as a child running through the sprinkler at your aunt and uncle’s farm. I’ve seen this kind of corn-on-the-cob popcorn at our markets and it hasn’t registered the way it should. When I see it again, I’m buying some. Lovely post, Susie!

    • Susie replied: — August 20th, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

      Thanks so much Carol! It’s amazing how an ear of corn can bring back such summer bliss!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    I am a nut about popcorn..or maybe I should say a kernel? I want it fresh and popped on the stovetop BUT this I would try in a heartbeat. Must have been absolutely fabulous!

    • Susie replied: — August 20th, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

      Yes, it was so much fun and so easy…but I’m realizing that folks thought that I was talking about fresh corn…it’s dried corn and I’m going to investigate further as to just what type.

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    Deb — Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    I’ve never experienced popping corn on the cob in the microwave! It’s not hot enough for corn to grow locally, it comes from inland areas. I certainly will look for popping corn When I head over to the valley, what fun!

    • Susie replied: — August 20th, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

      Oh wow…I should have been more explicit…the corn that is on the cob and can be popped is dried corn, not fresh…I’m so sorry if I’ve made you think otherwise…going back and making it more obvious on the post. Please ask your local growers if they have corn that you can pop on the cob.

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    deb — Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Oh my goodness! Apologies that my comment was so vague! I understand the corn was dried and not fresh! I want to clarify that corn is not grown locally, it is too cool along the coast and in the northern Salinas Valley. Either I must travel for fresh corn, or purchase at the supermarket.

    • Susie replied: — August 21st, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

      Probably the only crop that your beautiful valley does not have is corn. You are so lucky to have access to such fabulous produce. I’d rather buy local as well, but no local artichokes for us…I have to buy the ones shipped like you have to buy your corn.

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    Ramnik Shah — Sunday, December 29, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    How can I make Dry corn on cob for popping in microwave in home after
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