We learned several months ago that our microwave no longer likes microwave popcorn (no matter the brand). We don't have an air popper, and I was discouraged from attempting to make it on the stove top. With all that said (and no plans of purchasing a new microwave), I was thrilled when Confessions of a Homeschooler posted directions for making popcorn (and not in a brown paper bag, either, which we don't buy, though I've heard good things about it).
To make popcorn, you'll need a glass bowl with a lid. (I used a loose fitting lid.).
Mix 3 tablespoons of oil and 1/2 cup popcorn kernels (according to the original instructions. However, due to unpopped kernels, I intend to do a half batch next time.)
Cover. Don't use plastic wrap. Seriously.
Microwave on high power for 2 1/2-3 minutes. Stop when pops are about 5 seconds apart.
Flavor and enjoy!
Kids in the Kitchen fun, too!