While I was away on retreat, Barnacle Boy and friends had many adventures and ate much popcorn. Last year I taught him how to make popcorn on the stove - with a pan, a bit of oil and a lid. He was floored by how much better it tasted than the microwave stuff - and impressed that it didn't take any longer to produce a batch this way. The little microwave bags haven't been seen in my house for months.
Today I went to the grocery store to restock his supply (and to buy more milk - we could keep a cow in business). They have just remodeled and I had to hunt to find the popcorn section. Feeling flush with success when I located it, I was quickly dismayed. No plain popcorn kernels. It's microwave or nothing.
I ventured forth to customer service where the very helpful young woman responded incredulously to my query about non-microwave popcorn with, "You mean the kind you make yourself?" Are we the last ones to make it this way? And where will I find the raw kernels??
Amazon sells the kernels by the case.